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How to make a bootable hard disk?

  1. #1


    Panos Guest

    How to make a bootable hard disk?

    I tried "format c: /s" to make an external hard disk bootable,but the
    command "/s" doesn't seem to exsist any more in Vista.Is there any way I can
    achieve it?

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  2. #2


    Dr. Klienmahn Guest

    RE: How to make a bootable hard disk?

    You can format your external hard drive by plugging it in and then going to
    the fallowing place:

    Start>Administrative Tools (right pane)>Computer Management

    Then select in the Computer Management window:

    Storage>Disc Management

    Click your external hard drive and then right click the partition you want
    to format and click format.


    There is also an alternate method if that doesn't work. You can download
    gParted, it is a Linux Live CD with a partitioning tool on it. If you burn it
    to a disc and boot from it, it will allow you to resize partitions, create
    partitions, delete partitions, and format partitions. It has a lot of
    choices, NTFS would be the option you would want to choose if you want to put
    a newer Windows system on it. FAT32 is good for raw storage of data. ex2 and
    ex3 are for Linux operating systems.


    "Panos" wrote:

    > I tried "format c: /s" to make an external hard disk bootable,but the
    > command "/s" doesn't seem to exsist any more in Vista.Is there any way I can
    > achieve it?


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  3. #3


    Dustin Harper Guest

    Re: How to make a bootable hard disk?

    I think the question was how to put the system files so it can boot to the
    HD, be it a DOS prompt or whatever. I'm not sure how to do it with Vista,
    but the format C: /s command in DOS... I'm interested in the answer as well.

    --
    Dustin Harper
    dharper@vistarip.com
    http://www.vistarip.com

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    "Dr. Klienmahn" <DrKlienmahn@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    news:ADF430AB-436B-495C-90C0-FC787F498B08@microsoft.com...
    > You can format your external hard drive by plugging it in and then going
    > to
    > the fallowing place:
    >
    > Start>Administrative Tools (right pane)>Computer Management
    >
    > Then select in the Computer Management window:
    >
    > Storage>Disc Management
    >
    > Click your external hard drive and then right click the partition you want
    > to format and click format.
    >
    >
    > There is also an alternate method if that doesn't work. You can download
    > gParted, it is a Linux Live CD with a partitioning tool on it. If you burn
    > it
    > to a disc and boot from it, it will allow you to resize partitions, create
    > partitions, delete partitions, and format partitions. It has a lot of
    > choices, NTFS would be the option you would want to choose if you want to
    > put
    > a newer Windows system on it. FAT32 is good for raw storage of data. ex2
    > and
    > ex3 are for Linux operating systems.
    >
    >
    > "Panos" wrote:
    >
    >> I tried "format c: /s" to make an external hard disk bootable,but the
    >> command "/s" doesn't seem to exsist any more in Vista.Is there any way I
    >> can
    >> achieve it?



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  4. #4


    Dr. Klienmahn Guest

    Re: How to make a bootable hard disk?

    There are three ways you could boot from an external hard drive (keep in mind
    that the external hard drive has to have an OS installed on it):

    1-- Edit the boot file which had a .ini extension, change the Vista
    bootloader so that it shows your external hard drive as one of the choices.

    2-- Get a third party bootloader like GRUB and boot from that first thing.

    3-- If your bios supports booting from USB, set the external hard drive as
    the first booting device. If it is plugged in the bios should skip over it,
    if it is plugged in it will boot from it instead of your primary hard drive.

    Make sense?

    "Dustin Harper" wrote:

    > I think the question was how to put the system files so it can boot to the
    > HD, be it a DOS prompt or whatever. I'm not sure how to do it with Vista,
    > but the format C: /s command in DOS... I'm interested in the answer as well.
    >
    > --
    > Dustin Harper
    > dharper@vistarip.com
    > http://www.vistarip.com
    >
    > --
    > "Dr. Klienmahn" <DrKlienmahn@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    > news:ADF430AB-436B-495C-90C0-FC787F498B08@microsoft.com...
    > > You can format your external hard drive by plugging it in and then going
    > > to
    > > the fallowing place:
    > >
    > > Start>Administrative Tools (right pane)>Computer Management
    > >
    > > Then select in the Computer Management window:
    > >
    > > Storage>Disc Management
    > >
    > > Click your external hard drive and then right click the partition you want
    > > to format and click format.
    > >
    > >
    > > There is also an alternate method if that doesn't work. You can download
    > > gParted, it is a Linux Live CD with a partitioning tool on it. If you burn
    > > it
    > > to a disc and boot from it, it will allow you to resize partitions, create
    > > partitions, delete partitions, and format partitions. It has a lot of
    > > choices, NTFS would be the option you would want to choose if you want to
    > > put
    > > a newer Windows system on it. FAT32 is good for raw storage of data. ex2
    > > and
    > > ex3 are for Linux operating systems.
    > >
    > >
    > > "Panos" wrote:
    > >
    > >> I tried "format c: /s" to make an external hard disk bootable,but the
    > >> command "/s" doesn't seem to exsist any more in Vista.Is there any way I
    > >> can
    > >> achieve it?

    >


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  5. #5


    cquirke (MVP Windows shell/user) Guest

    Re: How to make a bootable hard disk?

    Sorry if this detail's been covered, but; not all OSs will be bootable
    or can operate via a USB (or Firewire?) interface.

    Vista may, but as XP initializes the USB during the boot process, it
    will saw its legs off. The first code base that didn't do that was
    Windows Server 2003, either "gold" or SP1. This has significance for
    folks trying to build bootable Bart USB sticks.

    OTOH...

    >> > "Panos" wrote:


    >> >> I tried "format c: /s" to make an external hard disk bootable,but the
    >> >> command "/s" doesn't seem to exsist any more in Vista.


    ....Format /S installs DOS as the booting OS, and DOS can't "see" USB
    or Firewire either (though it may do if BIOS already "sees" it as a
    bootable interface, dunno if that's enough for success).

    The NT family of OSs (NT, 2000, XP, 2003, Vista) don't contain DOS as
    an alternate maintenance OS or boot, as Win9x did - they use WinPE as
    the maintenance OS (available to shlebs like us only in the Vista
    age). Up until XP, the ability to format diskettes as DOS boot disks
    was preserved, but has prolly gone away in Vista.

    There are good reasons to "retire" DOS, chief among these being safety
    issues > 137G, inability to read NTFS and USB, etc. WinPE 2.0 is not
    only available to all (though not exactly on a plate, it is in fact
    the mOS that a Vista DVD will boot into when "Repair, Command prompt"
    is selected), it is not actively promoted as replacement for DOS for
    off-HD system maintenance contexts. At last!



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