Can you make a bootable CD like a regular DOS bootdisk?

By DJSmuckers ยท 10 replies
Dec 27, 2002
  1. I am in the process of working with a new laptop that has a DVD/CD-R drive but no floppy drive. Is it possible to make a bootable CD that will boot to a DOS prompt like a regular bootable floppy? Can you send me instructions on how to do this?
  2. Phantasm66

    Phantasm66 TS Rookie Posts: 5,734   +8

    yes you can. easy cd creator by roxio does this very well. however, the catch is you have to insert a bootable floppy containing the boot environment that you want to use. on systems with no floppy, you will have to create the CD on another system.
  3. iss

    iss TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,994

    What OS are you wanting to make a bootable CD of?
  4. StormBringer

    StormBringer TS Maniac Posts: 2,244

    Go here
    You'll find info on how to set it up and probably evewn find the boot disk files so you can make the bootable CD even without a floppy drive. There are several versions of DOS there, as well as links to useful articles on related topics.
  5. MrGaribaldi

    MrGaribaldi TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 2,512

    Nero 5.0 and later versions also support bootable cd's...

    Just download one of the files from and burn it as a bootable cd, and you should be fine....
  6. palmboy5

    palmboy5 TS Rookie Posts: 71

    or, buy a external floppy drive.

    no wait, i dont think the BIOS will check external drives... but worth a try:)
  7. DJSmuckers

    DJSmuckers TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Ok guys. I have tried and tried, but all I end up doing is ruining CDs. I can't get an image off of a boot disk because my laptop has no floppy drive from which to read an already made bootdisk. I download the ones from and it gives me an exe file to create one, but it asks for a floppy. I managed to get the contents of a boot disk onto my computer and went into Roxio Easy CD Creator 5.0 and did a bootable CD. It asked for an image file so i gave it the directory of the bootdisk on my hard drive and the only .BIN file in that directory is drvspace.bin, so i gave it that and burned the cd, and when it got to the part of the bios where it checks the cdrom it just sat there. Obviously didn't work. I don't know where to go from here...
  8. palmboy5

    palmboy5 TS Rookie Posts: 71

    refer to my earlier post, those drives are cheap anyway...;)
  9. Nodsu

    Nodsu TS Rookie Posts: 5,837   +6

    drvspace.bin is definently not the correct file to put on boot sector. If you are making a DOS bootdisk, the file should be called "io.sys". The CD writing software probably wants a track image instead of a plain file (track images are called .bin too..)

    The CD-creating software asks you a disk to put on CD or a disk image. You must make that floppy or get/make a disk image that has a format supported by the writing software.

    Your CD-writing software should have a manual/help chapter about writing bootable CDs
  10. iss

    iss TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,994

    Barts is about the most detailed guide on doing what you want to do. he not only tellls you how he also provides links for downloading the necessary tools including boot bin files and floppy images.
  11. StormBringer

    StormBringer TS Maniac Posts: 2,244

    That is a pretty good guide, and there was a link to it on
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