Solved Make a Boot Disk to run programs

July 12, 2011 at 21:35:36
Specs: Windows XP, Intel Celeron 3.40 GHz 2048 MBytes Ram
How to make a bootable disk & program run.

Hi All,

I am trying to create a bootable disk that will, “autorun”on startup, a Menu. In other words I want to boot a damaged PC and then have the ability to run 2 programs, that I recently purchased. They are Active@File Recovery & Active@Partition Recovery. Both programs are on the same disk.

I have Google’d everything I can think of to no avail. I have downloaded probably 10-12 programs to accomplish my end result to no avail. They tell me how to start or how to finish but not how to do it. No screen shots or anything that would help a somewhat novice. I am not computer illiterate, however I am not a Geek either. I am better at the hardware end. Building them and such. As long as I follow the instructions.

So, here is my problem. It lies in the downstairs computer that I was sharing with my son. He recently purchased a new iMac. OK fine. We wanted to transfer his files to the new iMac. So I got a new 500GB hard drive and was setting things up. I also was adding Windows 7 to my/his old computer at the same time. In the process somehow in the formatting process the files on the old HD got corrupted or something, but became FAT32 files instead of the NTFS that they were. So now for the sake of conversation they are gone. I know they are not but I still have to get them.

So I purchased Active@File Recovery Pro. This gives me the ability to recover files and partitions. Don’t know if I will ever need both, but if you are purchasing the deal you might as well get it all.

So now, before my fingertips start to bleed, and before I lose all of my son’s music, and then have to suffer his wrath along with the wrath of his Mother, is what I need to produce,

I want to create a CD/DVD disk that will boot on startup. Then have the ability to run the 2 programs, that are included with the programs, that I purchased. They are Active@FileRecovery and Active@PartitionRecovery. Maybe a better description is that a MENU would appear giving you the option of clicking on either of the Start Up Icons (Shortcuts) so that either program would run. But the programs need to be included on the disk in the situation where I have a lost HD and need to recover it. As I said, I have been every where on Google and cannot find the answer. Only bits and pieces.

I assume I need an Image file, but everyone I make does not work. Magic ISO says they are Bootable but they don’t boot. So not only do not get a boot, but I cannot run either of the programs. In fact I can’t do anything from any of the disks that I have made. I got so tired of throwing disks away that I started using a RW Disk so that I could erase and start again. That is the ultimate humiliation.

I have downloaded just about every ISO & Image burning program out there, so any advice on how to use them to accomplish my goal is GREATLY APPRECIATED!!!.

I sincerely Thank You in advance for any help,

Respectfully,

Dick R.


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July 15, 2011 at 20:13:32
Hi Dick, you have got around your initial problem, so I'm now trying to get my head around your request for a boot disk.

Just for now, try this approach to getting screenshots with these key words in google.
Change the program name to suit.

EXAMPLE

tutorial Magic ISO
http://qurl.com/2gmvk

screenshots Magic ISO
http://qurl.com/8hwbk

If need be, there are plenty of free programs that should do what you want, including these.

JauntePE
http://www.portablefreeware.com/?id...
JauntePE is a suite of tools that allows you to make non-portable applications portable by virtualizing access to the filesystem and registry. It has a somewhat long and contentious history, but we are very glad that redllar has decided to make the latest release publicly available. For discussion and support, please visit the web forum. System Requirements: Win98 / WinME / Win2K / WinXP.

How to convert normal programs to portable software
http://tinyurl.com/44yjkju
http://windowssecrets.com/support-a...
http://tech-moron.blogspot.com/2006...
Make a portable application with Reg Rapper
http://en.kioskea.net/faq/1498-make...
Registry Rapper
http://portableapps.com/development...

I'm in Western Australia.



#1
July 13, 2011 at 01:30:11
I would like to simplify the whole process if I can.

Do you have another HD with or you can put an operating system on?

W95/8 go on quicker, but whatever you have will do.

PS: What country are you in?


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#2
July 13, 2011 at 13:36:09
Presumably you set the CD/DVD drive ahead of the HD in BIOS.

I understand why you resorted to RW disk but these can sometimes be a bit fussy. Finalized CD/DVD-R are better.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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#3
July 13, 2011 at 14:39:43
The problem lies in how you approached this "problem". If you wanted to transfer files from one system to another, you should have copied the files to a CD, DVD, thumbdrive, or external HDD, then simply transfered them over. If you wanted to install a new HDD & install Win7 you should have done that separately, & the old HDD should have been disconnected so that it couldn't accidentally get formatted or otherwise mucked up. It appears you tried to do several things at the same time & ultimately screwed everything up.

A file system will not change from NTFS to FAT32 unless you deliberately tell it to do so, & that takes several steps. Also, the Microsoft formatting tool will NOT format a partition larger than 32GB with the FAT32 file system. To do that, you need a 3rd party formating program. I think you need to explain more clearly what you did & how.

As for where you are now, all you needed to do was download the Ultimate Boot CD (UBCD). The programs you mentioned (or others like it) are already included & it's free.

http://www.ultimatebootcd.com/

There's also the UBCD4Win but it takes a bit more work to create.

http://www.ubcd4win.com/

Plus there's EASEUS Data Recovery Wizard Free Edition. It can only recover up to 1GB at a time, but you can run it over & over again if necessary.


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#4
July 15, 2011 at 13:46:13
Hi Johnw, Derek & mickliq,

I thank you for your replies. Sorry to be a little long getting back but my wife had Rotator Cuff surgery and I am also busy doing for her a good portion of the things she usually does.
Anyway I will respond to each of you in order.


To Johnw,
I got the programs to work by running Windows 7 and downloading them.

Next, yes I have another hard drive not being used. A 500GB one, and I used it to get the files.

I got the stuff transferred OK but since this happened and could possibly happen again I would like to make the bootable disk and be able to use it in the future or to help a friend if they ever needed it.

I am in the United States.


To Derek,

No, I am a little more knowledgable than that. I have the Bios set properly. I am just doing something wrong creating these disks. That is why I am now using the RW disks until I figure it out. Then I will do it on a regular disk.

I got the programs to work by running Windows 7 and downloading them.

Next, yes I have another hard drive not being used. A 500GB one, and I used it to get the files.

I got the stuff transferred OK but since this happened and could possibly happen again I would like to make the bootable disk and be able to use it in the future or to help a friend if they ever needed it.


To mickliq,

Yes, you are right. I got something screwed up and made a mess of things. My initial plan was to just format the C: drive. I had everything else transfered to my D: & E: drives so that I wouldn't lose anything. But I guess in my haste I clicked on something or whatever before reading it properly and kaboom, as you say I mucked it up. Better yet the m in that word should be replaced with an f. Lesson well learned, believe me.

My son's stuff includes a lot of music files and pix with a couple Videos thrown in. It amounted to around 60 GB of stuff. So CD's, Thumbdrives and such were out. That is why I put everything including my stuff on another 500GB HDD. I had 2 500GB HDD's here that I was planning to put one in each of my 2 computers. Thank God I had the fore sight to put one of them in the computer in question and transfer everything from the C: drive that I needed or everything would have been totally gone.

I got the recovery programs to work by running Windows 7 and downloading them. Next, yes I have another hard drive not being used. A 500GB one, and I used it to get the files.

I got the stuff transferred OK but since this happened and could possibly happen again I would like to make the bootable disk that I was originally talking about and be able to use it in the future or maybe to help a friend if they ever needed it.

Since I have gone all this way I am pretty stubborn when it comes to not being able to do something successsfully. If I don't make this disk now I will feel like this problem (trying to make an image disk or whatever) whipped me and that will drive me nuts. Not an acceptable conclusion to this event.

So if anyone can steer me somewhere that has the info from start to finish I would sincerely appreciate it. It would really be great if the solution had screen shots and all but that is probably a ridiculous dream.

Thanx again,

Dick R.


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#5
July 15, 2011 at 13:51:30
I thank you for your reply. Sorry to be a little long getting back but my wife had Rotator Cuff surgery and I am also busy doing for her a good portion of the things she usually does.

I got the programs to work by running Windows 7 and downloading them.

Next, yes I have another hard drive not being used. A 500GB one, and I used it to get the files.

I got the stuff transferred OK but since this happened and could possibly happen again I would like to make the bootable disk and be able to use it in the future or to help a friend if they ever needed it.

I am in the United States.

Thanx again,

Dick R.


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#6
July 15, 2011 at 13:52:41
I thank you for your reply. Sorry to be a little long getting back but my wife had Rotator Cuff surgery and I am also busy doing for her a good portion of the things she usually does.

No, I am a little more knowledgable than that. I have the Bios set properly. I am just doing something wrong creating these disks. That is why I am now using the RW disks until I figure it out. Then I will do it on a regular disk.

I got the programs to work by running Windows 7 and downloading them.

Next, yes I have another hard drive not being used. A 500GB one, and I used it to get the files.

I got the stuff transferred OK but since this happened and could possibly happen again I would like to make the bootable disk and be able to use it in the future or to help a friend if they ever needed it.

Thanx again,

Dick R.


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#7
July 15, 2011 at 13:53:54
I thank you for your reply. Sorry to be a little long getting back but my wife had Rotator Cuff surgery and I am also busy doing for her a good portion of the things she usually does.

Yes, you are right. I got something screwed up and made a mess of things. My initial plan was to just format the C: drive. I had everything else transfered to my D: & E: drives so that I wouldn't lose anything. But I guess in my haste I clicked on something or whatever before reading it properly and kaboom, as you say I mucked it up. Better yet the m in that word should be replaced with an f. Lesson well learned, believe me.

My son's stuff includes a lot of music files and pix with a couple Videos thrown in. It amounted to around 60 GB of stuff. So CD's, Thumbdrives and such were out. That is why I put everything including my stuff on another 500GB HDD. I had 2 500GB HDD's here that I was planning to put one in each of my 2 computers. Thank God I had the fore sight to put one of them in the computer in question and transfer everything from the C: drive that I needed or everything would have been totally gone.

I got the recovery programs to work by running Windows 7 and downloading them. Next, yes I have another hard drive not being used. A 500GB one, and I used it to get the files.

I got the stuff transferred OK but since this happened and could possibly happen again I would like to make the bootable disk that I was originally talking about and be able to use it in the future or maybe to help a friend if they ever needed it.

Since I have gone all this way I am pretty stubborn when it comes to not being able to do something successsfully. If I don't make this disk now I will feel like this problem (trying to make an image disk or whatever) whipped me and that will drive me nuts. Not an acceptable conclusion to this event.


So if anyone can steer me somewhere that has the info from start to finish I would sincerely appreciate it. It would really be great if the solution had screen shots and all but that is probably a ridiculous dream.

Thanx again,

Dick R.


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#8
July 15, 2011 at 20:13:32
✔ Best Answer
Hi Dick, you have got around your initial problem, so I'm now trying to get my head around your request for a boot disk.

Just for now, try this approach to getting screenshots with these key words in google.
Change the program name to suit.

EXAMPLE

tutorial Magic ISO
http://qurl.com/2gmvk

screenshots Magic ISO
http://qurl.com/8hwbk

If need be, there are plenty of free programs that should do what you want, including these.

JauntePE
http://www.portablefreeware.com/?id...
JauntePE is a suite of tools that allows you to make non-portable applications portable by virtualizing access to the filesystem and registry. It has a somewhat long and contentious history, but we are very glad that redllar has decided to make the latest release publicly available. For discussion and support, please visit the web forum. System Requirements: Win98 / WinME / Win2K / WinXP.

How to convert normal programs to portable software
http://tinyurl.com/44yjkju
http://windowssecrets.com/support-a...
http://tech-moron.blogspot.com/2006...
Make a portable application with Reg Rapper
http://en.kioskea.net/faq/1498-make...
Registry Rapper
http://portableapps.com/development...

I'm in Western Australia.


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#9
July 15, 2011 at 21:35:47
Hi John,
Thx for your prompt reply. It is midnight here right now but I will get into your suggestions tomorrow. Thank God it is Saturday and I already have most of the stuff done for the wife.

Western Australia, huh, amazing. Fifteen years ago I was lucky to get hold of my best friend who lived 2 miles from me. If he wasn't home to answer the phone I just had to keep trying until he got home and answered. Now here I am in a short matter of time talking to someone in a different hemisphere. It is amazing the changes that have taken place. You see I am almost 70 yrs old and remember not even having a telephone. Never ceases to amaze. I remember when I got my first transistor radio. The start of it all.

Oh well, as I said I will get started on your suggestions tomorrow and Thank You Very Much. I appreciate it.

Dick R.


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#10
July 16, 2011 at 05:36:26
Hi Dick, wondered if you would still be up, originally I asked where you were, just in case you were in Western Australia, It's a small world now, we have just got back after 7 weeks in Europe. Met friends of friends in Germany, going in the opposite direction ( Budapest to Amsterdam by boat ) to us.

Be interesting to see how you go with my info, still a lot more ways of doing your project.


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