How do I make exe. files into a bootable CD

By SandV4
Jan 24, 2008
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  1. Hello everyone,

    So i have been having a problem with my HDD's working on my comp and I figured maybe the problem is the driver's for my motherboard are corrupted/lost or something along those lines. I d'l the drivers but they are all in exe format. I can't get into windows but I can get a dos prompt through the recovery console off the xp disc. Is there anyway to make an iso disc out of exe files so I can boot from this disc and load all the drivers onto the motherboard? I have tried doing it with PowerIso but it won't let me stating that it's not a compatible file format? I have tried lots of other things to get these HDD's to work but with no luck. I have another thread going on this site if you would like to see what I have tried. Thanks for all the help in advance.
  2. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 13,275   +280

    The BOOTABLE feature is different than just simple EXE files on CD, as you've likely discovered.

    look at BartPE
  3. SandV4

    SandV4 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 36

    So do you think that there is any way to be able to boot up the MoBo driver's without being in Windows? This is the only other thing I could think of that would fix the problem I have been having. I have also heard of messing with the boot.ini files but I have no clue how to do it or what to do for that matter. Any help with this area would also be greatly appreciated. Thank you all for taking the time to assist me in this matter.
  4. SandV4

    SandV4 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 36

    Jobeard,

    I can't get that link to work. Is there another link to that site or another site I can use. I appreciate your help with this as I can personally attest is a pain in the ****. Thanks again in advance
  5. LookinAround

    LookinAround TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 8,358   +167

    Try this link for BartPE

    You should also look at UBCD4WIN which you may also find to be a useful starting point
  6. mscrx

    mscrx Newcomer, in training Posts: 829

    wait a sec.
    do you want to update the bios or drivers like chipset drivers?
    if you want to update the drivers for your motherboard it wont help to boot a bartpe or ubcd.
    if you want to do a bios update you should first have a look at the motherboard vendor website. there are tons of information around this topic and usually alot of tools and instructions to build a bootdisk for bios updates.

    if you are not sure then please post back with some information. motherboard brand and model would be good to know.
  7. SandV4

    SandV4 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 36

    I am using a Gigabyte K8NS-Ultra 939. I am thinking that I might not be able to get HDD's working on my comp because the BIOS is not up to date or lost the proper drivers or something along those lines. I have done multiple different things including Memtest86+ with 8 successful passes, switching IDE cables, running Diags on the HDD's all of which indicate no errors. I figured maybe this would get it to work. If you don't think it would, is there anything else that you think might work? I am getting so frustrated with this and really just want to get this to work. Thanks for the help.
  8. Samstoned

    Samstoned TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,582

    post only one thread
    its irksome to have you going back and forth with other posters
    you may have a sata hard drive do search here and google for installing sata drivers.
    other wise if you have ide drives your drive cable is messed up your drive is toast
    your bios is set to boot from sata not the ide channel
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