hard drive copyer without fdd

By Samstoned
May 14, 2004
  1. everthing I read about needs a floppy drive to make a boot disc for cd-rom
    what about no FDD
    all the subjects that I have read about
    show how to make boot cd-rom
    but you still need a FDD
    I need to put my main OS on a scsi drive
    from ata.
  2. RealBlackStuff

    RealBlackStuff TS Rookie Posts: 6,503

    For a small investment (about €12.-/£8.-/$15.-) you can buy yourself that floppy-drive. End of misery.
  3. Samstoned

    Samstoned TechSpot Paladin Topic Starter Posts: 1,018

    I have no room in machine for drive
    I kinda have about 5 spare floppy drives hang'n around
    thanks.but thats no real answer
    thought I could get intelligent answer at this forum.
    or maybe I was to vague
    I want to find a program that does NOT NEED
    to use a floppy drive in the process of making a boot cd
  4. MrGaribaldi

    MrGaribaldi TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 2,512

    There are several options...

    1. Buy a USB FDD... I've been thinking about doing this myself, since I too has no dfd atm...

    2. Download a linux distro cd-image, and burn that. Most of these are bootable, and give you access to quite powerful tools.

    3. Borrow a windows cd from a friend. (This is perfectly legal as long as you remember to switch to your own non-bootable cd before installing. ) W98 is a good choice for this

    4. Use this description to create a bootable cd-rom. (Note, I haven't tried it myself, but it didn't mention any req for a FDD, so...)

    Hope this helps :)
  5. Nodsu

    Nodsu TS Rookie Posts: 5,837   +6

    1: you can use a virtual floppy drive to make your bootable CD with appropriate drivers and programs.

    2: You can use some Linux based bootable CD like Knoppix.

    3: You could just reinstall your main OS.

    And look at my sig if you need to see some intellectual stuff :p
  6. poertner_1274

    poertner_1274 secroF laicepS topShceT Posts: 4,172

    Why not just remove something from your computer and put a floppy drive in for the time being until you get everything sorted out. That seems like the easiest solution.
  7. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Posts: 4,573   +65

    Drive Image uses a bootable CD, without the muss and fuss of floppy disks.

    Not sure exactly what you want though...
  8. Samstoned

    Samstoned TechSpot Paladin Topic Starter Posts: 1,018

    follow up
    talked with sysmatic tech says they are
    trying to get company to write in new code to allow for writing to cd iso image
    bart has a version of windows PE
    that may due the trick
    have not tryed getting to many calls on lost passwords
    If anyone knows where I can dwnld a version of windows PE
    all my thanks
    L. Grumpy1

    when in doubt
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