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How to Create Bootable Restore Discs Using BINGBURN

The free TeraByte Unlimited BINGBURN utility allows you to easily burn a set of image files created by Image for DOS, Image for Linux, or Image for Windows to one or more optical discs. One of the features of BINGBURN is the ability to make the discs bootable by supplying a 1.44-MB floppy diskette image in the Boot Image text box (i.e. click the Browse button next to the Boot Image text box, locate the floppy image, and click the Open button).

Your options for supplying BINGBURN with a 1.44-MB floppy diskette image are as follows:

  • If you have a registered copy of Image for DOS, you may use the CDBOOT.F35 file from it. Be sure that you use the CDBOOT.F35 file from the registered copy of Image for DOS, not the file from the downloadable trial version. Otherwise, you will not be able to restore directly from the discs you create. Using CDBOOT.F35 will result in bootable discs which automatically launch Image for DOS when booted.

    Beginning with BINGBURN version 3.0, there is no longer a need to expand CDBOOT.F35 before using it as a bootable image.

  • If you have a registered copy of Image for Windows, you may use the CDBOOT.F35 file from it. Be sure that your CDBOOT.F35 file is a registered copy before using it. Otherwise, you will not be able to restore directly from the discs you create. If you are a registered user of Image for Windows, CDBOOT.F35 will automatically be updated to a registered copy when either of the following events takes place:

    • Your Image for Windows registration information is successfully applied, after having been typed/pasted into the Image for Windows registration window.

    • You run Image for Windows after configuring IMAGEW.INI with valid registration information.

    • You run Image for Windows at any point after either of the two events above have taken place.

    Beginning with BINGBURN version 3.0, there is no longer a need to expand CDBOOT.F35 before using it as a bootable image.

  • You may use any other 1.44 diskette image you like. 

 

Modifying a Floppy Image Using  the TeraByte OS Deployment Tool Suite (TBOSDT)

If you have an existing bootable floppy image (e.g. CDBOOT.F35) and you wish to modify it, you can use TBOSDT. This method does not require the computer to have a physical floppy drive.

  1. Extract the contents of the floppy image file. In this example, CDBOOT.F35 will be used.

    1. Extract the contents of the TBOSDTS_EN.ZIP or TBOSDTS_PRO_EN.ZIP archive. Extract the contents of the TBOSDT.ZIP or TBOSDT_PRO.ZIP archive. If you are using Windows, use Explorer, browse to the final extraction folder, and then open the folder named win that has been created by the archive extraction. If you are using DOS, change to the directory named dos_tbos.

    2. In Windows, double-click on TBOSDTW.EXE to run it. In DOS, run the TBOSDT.EXE program. Next, issue the following commands at the TBOSDT command line:

      mount 1: "c:\some folder1\cdboot.f35"
      copy 1:\*.* "c:\some folder2"


      The commands above will mount CDBOOT.F35 as drive number 1 (in the TBOS environment) and then extract the contents to the "c:\some folder2" folder/directory. You will have to supply the applicable path to CDBOOT.F35 (in place of "c:\some folder1"). You can supply whatever path you like in place of "c:\some folder2".

  2. Make any desired changes to the extracted image files. Any new files that need to be added to the image may be copied into the extraction folder/directory. If necessary, make sure there is enough free space in the image for any additional or larger files. To check the available free space, run this command:

    stats 1:

  3. When finished, update the floppy image file with the modified files. At the same command line from Step 1b above, issue the following commands:

    copy "c:\some folder2\*.*" 1:\
    umount 1:
    exit


    The commands above will copy the modified files back into CDBOOT.F35 and then dismount the image and exit TBOSDT. Please note the spelling of the command "umount 1:" (not "unmount 1:").

 

Creating a Custom Bootable Floppy Image

If you would like to create your own custom bootable floppy image, you can create it with the free TeraByte Unlimited IMGFLPYD utility. For Example:

  1. Create and setup your custom bootable floppy diskette (please refer to the links at the bottom of this article for more information on how to create a bootable floppy diskette).

  2. Download and extract IMGFLPYD, if you have not done so already.

  3. Open a Command Prompt and change to the folder that contains the IMGFLPYD program.

  4. With the custom bootable floppy diskette in the drive, run IMGFLPYD to create the image. Here is a sample command line:

    imgflpyd a: c:\custom.f35

    Where a: refers to your floppy drive and c:\custom.f35 represents the path and filename where the floppy disk image will be saved.

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