CD or thumb drive equivalent of a boot disk

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July 13, 2009 at 08:46:13
Specs: XP, SP3, 2.0 GHz Intel/512MB
I'd like to preserve my good 'ol W98 boot diskette and the DOS utilities on it. Is there some copy function that will allow me to copy all of the utilities from the diskette to a CD or thumb drive and make the CD or thumb drive a bootable device?
Thanks.
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#1
July 13, 2009 at 12:42:13
Do you have a CD burning program such as Roxio or Nero?
If so, there is an option to make the disc bootable. I'll walk you through how to do it in nero, i don't know about Roxio but it should be similar.

Put your Win98 floppy disk in th drive and launch Nero. When it gives you the option to select what type of disc you want to make, select CD-ROM boot. Select Bootable Logical drive and it will use the floppy disk boot sector to make your CD bootable. Now in the main window of Nero, point it to the A drive and select all the files on the floppy and drag them to the CD window. Now burn your disc.


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#2
July 14, 2009 at 05:57:45
Thanks, Kurt S. Yes, on one of my machines I do have Nero 5 installed. However, in the past I found it confusing to use. I believe I followed your instructions, including choosing the CD-ROM Boot option and selecting/dragging all the files on the W98 disk. But I never found Nero's 'Burn' button/switch.
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#3
July 14, 2009 at 07:18:46
Your motherboard would have to support booting off a USB device, which means it would have to be a fairly recent model. But most modern boards don't support Win98.

http://www.bootdisks.us/windows-98/...


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#4
July 14, 2009 at 08:11:33
Jam,
Thanks to you I'm the proud owner of a freshly burned W98SE bootable startup CD. Works, too!
W98SE wasn't the issue; I just wanted to preserve those legendary diskette utilities on a bootable CD, since my present family of computers lack floppy drives.
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