How to Create an MS-DOS Boot Disk

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To create an MS-DOS boot disk, visit Bootdisk.com, connect a USB device to the computer, and follow the steps for generating a pre-operating system environment. Learn why boot disks are not often used by the average computer user with information from a network engineer and IT specialist in this free video on computers.

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Okay, how to create a boot disk is very simple. You go to a website called bootdisk.com. Gives you a lot of utilities that you would use for say, USB key, or if even, if you have the old self-floppy drives. That'll work as well. What's not really well known is that you could use any type of USB device, say like a portable storage drive, or even an iPod to make a boot disk. Why would you need to make a boot disk is is a very good question. Generally, they're not really used that much anymore unless you're a computer builder. What it does is it basically creates a a pre-OS or operating system environment. And what does that mean to you? Well, basically, it gives you some basic commands like delete, format, and partition. Those particular kind of essential hard drive related commands that you don't need a entire operating system for. So, for instance, if you wanted to access your hard drive without having to put a full blown version of a Windows, or even Linux, which is a, which are full blown operating systems. You would use a boot disk to access those files and you can copy them off onto your hard drive, or whatever you're using has a boot disk media. This particular website has how-to guides of exactly how to step through it. But generally, they're they're created created through one of two methods: the utilities that are posted on the site, and also Windows has a create boot disk function when you coo...when you plug in any medium that is able to do it, so if you have an old Windows 98, Millennium, or even XP the the floppy drive. There is a option when you right-click and say format on each My Computer on each individual drive, or device, rather. There is a option that you can check off to say, says create MS-DOS boot disk. Again, they're not really used that often for thee average home user. And also, the Windows XP disks operate as boot disks as well...Windows XP or Vista, or even 2000. They will all operate as boot disks so there's not really a need to create your own unless you want to modify it and put whatever utilities you want on there that you think that you'll need in the future.

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