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    Create a bootable floppy disk for an NTFS or FAT partition in Windows XP

    Post by Placehold on Mon May 19, 2008 1:38 pm

    This step-by-step article describes how to create a bootable floppy disk for Windows XP to access a drive with a faulty boot sequence on an Intel-processor-based computer.

    The Windows XP installation CD-ROM is a bootable disk and can be used to start Windows. When you use the Windows XP installation CD-ROM to start your computer, you can use the Windows Recovery Console to help recover the system software

    Create a boot floppy disk by using a Windows XP-based computer

    1. Format a floppy disk by using the Windows XP format utility. To do this follow these steps:


    1. Insert the floppy disk that you want to use into the floppy disk drive.
    2. Click Start, click Run, type format a:, and then click OK.


    2. Copy the Ntldr and the Ntdetect.com files from the I386 folder on the Windows XP installation CD-ROM, from the Windows XP installation floppy disk, or from a computer that is running the same version of Windows XP as the computer that you want to access by using the boot floppy disk. To do this, follow these steps:


    1. Insert the Windows XP installation media into the disk drive of the computer.
    2. Click Start, click Run, type <DriveLetter>:\I386, and then click OK.
    3. Right-click the Ntldr file, and then click Copy.
    4. Click Start, click Run, type a:, and then click OK.
    5. Click the Edit menu, and then click Paste
    6. Repeat steps 2b through 2e for the Ntdetect.com file


    3. Create a Boot.ini file, or copy one from a computer that is running Windows XP, and then modify the Boot.ini file to match the computer that you are trying to access. The following example lists how to create a Boot.ini file for a single-partition Integrated Device Electronics drive that has Windows XP installed in the \Windows folder:


    1. Click Start, click Run, type notepad, and then click OK.
    2. Type the following text:

      Code:
      [boot loader]
      timeout=30
      Default= multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\windows
      [operating systems]
      multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\windows="<OperatingSystem>"

      Note: Where <OperatingSystem>, type Operating System, example XP Professional Operating System type : Microsoft Windows XP Professional

    3. Click the File menu, and then click Save As.
    4. Select 3 Floppy (A:) from the Save in drop-down list, type Boot.ini in the File name text box, and then click Save.


    4. Insert the floppy disk into the floppy disk drive of your computer, and then restart Windows XP.

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