Forum: UltraISO
Topic: Making bootable CD out of multiple floppies
started by: hiyel

Posted by hiyel on Feb. 13 2006,16:40
Hi,
I have a dos program that spans on to 4 floppy disks one of which is bootable. I want to make a single bootable CD out of those four floppies. I tried the two folloving methods but none of them worked:

1- I created the image (.ima) of the first (bootable) floppy and tried to add the contents of the rest of the floppies into that image. It didn't fit because (I guess) this type of image file has a limit of 1.44 MB.

2- I extracted the boot information (.bif) out of that floppy image, created a new .iso CD image, add this boot info file to that .iso, and add the rest of the files into the .iso. The CD booted my computer fine, but the files from the other three floppies that I added into the .iso were not there.

Is there any other solution for this task?

Thank you
Posted by xoben on Feb. 14 2006,01:08
You can create a 5.76MB image to hold all four floppies, then use EasyBoot to load.

Reference: < http://forum.ezbsystems.net/cgi-bin/ikonboard.cgi?act=ST;f=2;t=1238 >
Posted by hiyel on Feb. 14 2006,12:46
Thank you xoben.
I followed the instructions, now I have a .img file which is 5 MB and contains all the files that I want. But neither UltraIso nor EasyBoot can't burn a CD with this .img. Also UltaIso can't convert this to a .iso file either. So, how can I create a CD out of that .img file.
Thanks.
Posted by xoben on Feb. 14 2006,21:48
Solution:
1) Download < http://dw.ezbsys.net/ezboot.zip > , unpack it to c:\ , you will get a folder as c:\ezboot
2) Copy your IMG file to c:\ezboot, rename it as bootdisk.img
3) Start UltraISO, choose 'New'->'Bootable CD/DVD image', specify c:\ezboot\loader.bin as boot file
4) Add folder c:\ezboot to the image area (All files in this folder will be added by default)
5) Save to an ISO and burn
Posted by Mombo on Jul. 26 2006,16:01
Another Way
Turn All Of Your Old Bootable Floppies Into Bootable CD's [the easy way]

   First Of All You Need A Cd-Burner, Nero Burning Rom v5.5 or higher
   A Floppie Drive, A Blank CDR Disk
   When You Have Everything:

With Your Floppy In The Drive And Blank CD In The CD-Recorder



Load Up Nero With Your Floppy In The Drive And Blank Cd In The Cd-Recorder
Close The Wizard
Hold Ctrl + N
Until A Box Appears
Scroll Down The List Until You Reach CDROM (Boot)
Click It
Bootable Logical Drive Must Be A":"
Click The Burn TAB
Click New
Click File- add files from A:
Then Write CD

Done

Posted by Kenny on Jul. 07 2007,03:36
I found that the easiest way to create a boot cd with multiple floppy disks is to use Bart's way... eg .. google this: "Bart's way to create bootable CD-Roms (for Windows/Dos)"

I just use the single boot dos method. You just basically follow the very easy instructions there. Basically, you grab all the necessary files on those floppy disks (such as .exe .ovl etc) and then you put them all into a single directory that they specify in instructions. The original autoexec.bat file from the original floppies is not even needed - except for viewing it to know which executable needs to be run/executed for the new bootable cd.

Then you edit a file called autorun.bat, such that, if you want the bootcd to run an executable called file.exe that will be on the bootcd, you just add 'file.exe' (without the quotes) in the last line within the autorun.bat file. It's that easy. Then you just type a very small command line, and the program will just burn you a beautifully working bootcd without any fuss. When you boot up the cdrom, you may have options such as boot with EMM386, boot without EMM386, cleanboot etc. So you just have to choose which option you want to boot with by pressing a number and hitting ENTER.

I tried other methods like making .IMA files and changing format etc, but always found that the 'converter' software that are meant to help you convert from IMA to ISO (or some other cdrom format' do not work. They always have some popup that says 'can't be converted due to wrong file or invalid format or file is not a cdrom image' or some nonsense like that. And many instructions are either not complete or inaccurate, or obscure, which makes it a problem - even for computer-savvy people.

With bart's bootable cd method, it took next to no time to make a bootcd. It was like really easy. It was easy mainly because the person that wrote those instructions (I assume his name is bart) was very 'user orientated'. His method is completely free too. And very importantly - it works.

Posted by swinster on Nov. 05 2008,06:50

(xoben @ Feb. 15 2006,02:48)
QUOTE
Solution:
1) Download < http://dw.ezbsys.net/ezboot.zip > , unpack it to c:\ , you will get a folder as c:\ezboot
2) Copy your IMG file to c:\ezboot, rename it as bootdisk.img
3) Start UltraISO, choose 'New'->'Bootable CD/DVD image', specify c:\ezboot\loader.bin as boot file
4) Add folder c:\ezboot to the image area (All files in this folder will be added by default)
5) Save to an ISO and burn

What are the minimum files that I actually need in the Image from the EZboot folder?

Have set loader.bin as the boot file (which now appear to be located in C:\EasyBoot\disk1\ezboot) and added the bootdisk.img to the ISO. Do I actually require anything else?

I don't want a graphical background as I have a complex batch file that runs ghost in various guises, however Ghost and GDisk now take up over 3MB so require a larger emulated FDD image that 2.88MB. The standard Ghost Boot Disk Wizard creates a HDD emulated boot image, which unfortuanately dosn't seem to boot on all my PCs.



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