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    Boot Disk (XP PRO)

    I backed my Hard Drive up on 12 CD-R's . I feel a little safer. How do i make a bootable floppy that will allow my XP Pro to boot back up and read the backed up Stuff on the CD-R if my System goes down.The back up Wizard on XP Seems to need several floppys for this or im doing somyhing wrong . Please

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    Re: Boot Disk (XP PRO)

    While we're waiting for Mark to show up, let me tell you a couple of things that are NOT the answer to your question. But you ought to know these two things, in case you don't already. You can make a so-called "DOS" boot disk with Win XP, but it only lets you boot to a "DOS" prompt. From the XP Help screens:
    <hr>To create an MS-DOS startup disk
    The MS-DOS startup disk you create will allow you to boot into MS-DOS.

    Insert a floppy disk into your computer's floppy drive.
    Open My Computer, and then click the floppy disk drive to select it.
    On the File menu, point to the name of the floppy drive, and then click Format.
    Under Format options, click Create an MS-DOS startup disk.
    Click Start.
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    Secondly, you can make what's called a Startup Disk for XP by following the instructions at this MS page.

    Since I don't use the built-in Windows backup program, I don't know how you do a full system restore from floppy if your whole system gets clobbered. For what it's worth, since you've heard from me before about Partition Magic, I do a weekly backup of all the drives on my machine, to another machine on my home network, using Drive Image, also from PowerQuest.

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    Re: Boot Disk (XP PRO)

    Al touched on the key question here: how you backed up the data to CD. The built-in backup in XP won't allow you to boot with a floppy and restore. Some programs, such as Ghost or Grive Image, do - but not XP's included software. You would need to re-install Windows and restore after you had the system running again. I prefer to do things that way, backing up only my data - documents, pictures, etc. What did you use to get the data onto CD?

    The XP backup wizard, AFAIK, will not back up to CD-R, and you're stuck with a floppy or hard drive location for your backup. If you want to be able to recover the system just like it is now, you need to invest in Drive Image 2002 or a similar product.
    -Mark

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    Re: Boot Disk (XP PRO)

    Now, while you and I are waiting for Cowboy to get back - Whew! I'm glad you answered that backup question! <img src=/S/clapping.gif border=0 alt=clapping width=19 height=23> I haven't used a Windows-supplied backup for so long, I had no idea. So, the Cowboy now needs to tell ya how he did the backup.

    And Mr. Cowboy, let me 'splain why I did the two things I mentioned in MY earlier post. Every once in awhile, comes a need to boot from DOS, when Windows (occasionally) gets cantankerous and won't let me delete a file it thinks is in use. Also, the Win XP Startup disk WILL run your Windows XP installation if for some reason your hard drive were to render itself unbootable. I tested mine right after I made it. I didn't mention this in my earlier post, but I also made (with Windows help) a Password Reset disk, just in case I ever forget my password (after all, I AM an ol' geezer). You can use the Password Reset disk right from the logon screen, from what I understand. All you do is press the arrow that shows up there.

    Cowboy, Cowboy, are y'll here? Keep us posted..... And I recommend Drive Image highly.....

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    Re: Boot Disk (XP PRO)

    Also remember that if your hard drive(s) are NTFS, we are NOW in a different world. The above can be thrown out with the bath water.

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    Re: Boot Disk (XP PRO)

    I used Hard Drive Backup On My Sony CD Burner { B,s Gold Recorder)
    Sorry It took me so long to get back guys.I own my own Construction Business , Or might I say IT OWNS ME. Thanks for Your Help.

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    Re: Boot Disk (XP PRO)

    Took long? <img src=/S/laugh.gif border=0 alt=laugh width=15 height=15> Some people have been known to post months after the original.

    Since you used B's, you'll be facing a re-install of Windows and that program before you can restore your system. There should be documentation in the software that will explain it better than I can - try pressing the F1 key while in B's backup.
    -Mark

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    Re: Boot Disk (XP PRO)

    I used to use Drive Image too, until I set up a RAID 1 (mirror) array. DI and Partition Magic no longer work under RAID 1. However, I now use Stomp's Backup My PC to back up the system state to a cd (instead of the whole). It copies the boot files, the COM+ class registration database, the registry , the event logs and the system files. I also use an external USB 2 drive that is larger than my array, and a utility called SynchroFolder (http://smsoft.chat.ru) that does a complete copy of my partitions and folders in just minutes, after the lengthy first run.

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