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creating bootable partition on external HDD using BIBM

Postby chrislot » Fri Aug 09, 2013 3:00 pm

Hi again,

Is it possible in BIBM to create a bootable partition on an external HDD that can boot a program/utility that comes on one of those boot CDs?

The reason I'm wondering is because I would like to house these boot CD utility programs on the external HDD, as opposed to having to haul a bunch of boot CDs around with me. Also, many new computers do not even come with CD/DVD drives anymore. The intent is to install BIBM on the external HDD and have separate partitions for each of these boot CD utility programs and then use BIBM to choose which one to boot.

I've tried creating ISO images of these boot CDs and then extracting the contents to the partition on the external HDD which I've marked as "active" using BIBM, but the external HDD partition does not boot into the utility/program, unlike when I insert the boot CD for the utility/program itself. Is there a way in BIBM or otherwise to write the boot code to the external HDD partition so it will boot like the CD does?

Thanks again,
Chris
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Re: creating bootable partition on external HDD using BIBM

Postby DrTeeth » Fri Aug 09, 2013 4:46 pm

I have never checked, but a bootable ISO may not be bootable when its
contents are extracted. BIBM boots operating systems and not ISOs.

There is a free program that should do what you want at
http://www.pendrivelinux.com/yumi-multiboot-usb-creator/. Others for
consideration,
http://www.pendrivelinux.com/sardu-multiboot-usb-creator-windows/ and
http://www.pendrivelinux.com/xboot-multiboot-iso-usb-creator/.

Hope this helps.
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Re: creating bootable partition on external HDD using BIBM

Postby TeraByte Support » Fri Aug 09, 2013 10:37 pm

It will boot partitions / operating systems, but not files. In general
BootIt has always stayed out of memory once you boot something so there is
no conflict. To boot an .ISO would be fairly simple but would require
installing resident code (basically trap the memory map and map out an area
of memory you'd put the resident code) then deal with switching real mode to
protected mode and would work up to the ISO using the BIOS interface,
however once it loads a protected mode driver, it isn't going to work
(unless you start hacking whatever your booting which we want to stay away
from). Real mode OS would boot, Linux would boot via ISOLinux (provided it
did not need access to the CD again). You could install whatever OS your
stuff boots on, then have them all available to run (most probably use
Linux, so do a linux install and they are all there to use at the same
time),.

"chrislot" wrote in message news:6033@public.bootitbm...

Hi again,

Is it possible in BIBM to create a bootable partition on an external HDD
that can boot a program/utility that comes on one of those boot CDs?

The reason I'm wondering is because I would like to house these boot CD
utility programs on the external HDD, as opposed to having to haul a bunch
of boot CDs around with me. Also, many new computers do not even come with
CD/DVD drives anymore. The intent is to install BIBM on the external HDD and
have separate partitions for each of these boot CD utility programs and then
use BIBM to choose which one to boot.

I've tried creating ISO images of these boot CDs and then extracting the
contents to the partition on the external HDD which I've marked as "active"
using BIBM, but the external HDD partition does not boot into the
utility/program, unlike when I insert the boot CD for the utility/program
itself. Is there a way in BIBM or otherwise to write the boot code to the
external HDD partition so it will boot like the CD does?

Thanks again,
Chris

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Re: creating bootable partition on external HDD using BIBM

Postby a1pcfixer » Sat Aug 10, 2013 5:34 am

Chrislot,

> I would like to house these boot CD utility programs on the external HDD, as opposed to having to haul a bunch of boot CDs around with me. Also, many new computers do not even come with CD/DVD drives anymore.

Instead of CD/DVD's, use USB thumb drives &/or SD/min-SD cards.
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Re: creating bootable partition on external HDD using BIBM

Postby chrislot » Sun Aug 18, 2013 11:22 am

thanks all for the replies. It looks like YUMI will suffice for my needs. Too bad it only allows installation of one Windows version on the boot disc. I will still use BIBM to manage my installed Windows versions, but I was hoping I could install BIBM on the external HDD and create a boot menu to boot each of these CD utility programs that are installed on separate partitions on the external HDD. Guess that's not possible though.
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