I cannot burn a bootable DVD

By markiss
Jul 25, 2007
  1. About 18 months i bought an HP 300n DVD/CD writer combo. It works great and I continue to burn flawless DVDs and CDs. I can also burn bootable CDs. But my problem is I cannot burn bootable DVDs. I have burned the same ISO file onto both a CD and a DVD, the CD boots but the DVD doesn't. Does anyone know what is going on? Thanks in advance for any help.
  2. Cinders

    Cinders TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 872   +12

    The ISO was probably created from a CD and therefore can only be successfully burned back to a CD? Truth be known that is just a guess.
  3. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 11,703   +1,886

    Probably a Good Guess......

    An Iso file (which is an image), is media specific. Why does this DVD need to boot? I have never needed to do so, but my Nero (burning ROM app), says it will burn a bootable DVD. Beyond that I'm lost.
  4. markiss

    markiss TS Rookie Topic Starter


    The original iso image is from a bootable dvd. It might be my dvd writer, but I doubt it.
  5. Cinders

    Cinders TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 872   +12

    Maybe it's a bug in your burning software. What software are you using?
  6. markiss

    markiss TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I've tried a few, burn4free is the one I have been using to burn all my discs. I then tried PowerISO, and i just tried Alcohol 120%, all with the same failure. This is quite baffling to me. I made an ISO image of my old win98 disk that is bootable. Then burned it to a blank cdr it booted just fine. I burned the same ISO to a blank dvd and it doesn't boot. I have deduced that I have a hardware problem somewhere but I am clueless as to where.
  7. Cinders

    Cinders TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 872   +12

    I have a retail copy of Nero 7 Ultra. I'll make an ISO of XP and 98SE and see what happens when I burn it to DVD.

    I don't usually make ISOs. What I usually do to copy a Windows disk is grab the boot file from the cd with a program like UltraISO. I then copy the files from the Windows disk to my hard drive and then burn a bootable disk with Nero using the Windows boot file and fill the disk with the files from the hard drive.
  8. markiss

    markiss TS Rookie Topic Starter

    thanks Cinders, that will tell me if it's a hardware problem. Meanwhile, I'm going to go ahead and buy a dual level DVD burner, it's time anyway.
  9. Cinders

    Cinders TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 872   +12

    Sorry it took me so long to get back to you. I created an RNG of Windows XP and burnt it to a DVD with Nero and it worked. RNG is Nero's version of ISO. I actually don't have any CDR to test this on but I'm going to assume that it would work for a CD too. I'm going to try to create an ISO with Nero and see if that works too. I couldn't figure out how to make Nero save the disk as an ISO. If you are trying to get a Windows 98 disk to run on a Windows XP machine your dives NTFS file system will probably make the disk not work. But that last part is just a guess.
  10. markiss

    markiss TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thanks Cinder, I haven't tried Nero yet, that will be next, failing that, it's probably my hardware, kudos.
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