Image for Linux First Things First – Make a Boot Disk

Use the MakeDisk utility that comes with Image for Linux to create a bootable disk that contains Image for Linux—you’ll use this disk to create backups and restore them.

This tutorial assumes that your computer’s operating system is Windows XP or Windows Vista and therefore supports file compression. If you’re using a version of Windows older than Windows ME, you’ll need a third-party program such as WinZip to extract Image for Linux files; in this case, after extracting the files, start with Step 5 to make your Image for Linux boot disk.

  1.  To extract the contents of the Image for Linux ZIP archive file you downloaded, place the ZIP archive on your Desktop or in a folder of your choice and then right-click the ZIP archive folder; on the menu that appears, click Extract All to start the Windows Extraction wizard.



  2.  On the Extraction Wizard welcome screen shown below, click Next.



  3.  On the Select a Destination screen shown below, identify the folder where you want to store the Image for Linux files and click Next.



  4.  After extracting the files to the designated folder, the Extraction Wizard offers you the opportunity to view the extracted files. Leave the check in the Show Extracted Files box and click Finish.



  5.  In the window that appears, double-click MAKEDISK.EXE.



  6.  On the Security Warning screen shown below, click Run.



  7.  On the MakeDisk welcome screen shown below, click Next.



  8.  On the “License Agreement” screen shown below, read the Image for Linux license agreement, and if you accept it, select the I accept the agreement button and click Next.



  9.  On the “License” screen shown below, if you own a licensed copy of Image for Linux, supply your product key and click Next.



  10.  On the “Select Target” screen shown below, choose the target location where you want MakeDisk to create the bootable Image for Linux media and click Next.



    • If you choose the “CD/DVD” option, leave the CD Speed at Optimal and insert a writable CD or DVD disc before proceeding.
    • If you choose USB, select one of the following options: Floppy, or Partition. Your computer’s BIOS determines which option works, so, if one doesn’t work, try another. For details on these options, see the Image product manual.
  11. Click Finish, and respond to subsequent prompts as necessary. MakeDisk will then create your bootable media and then display the “Success” screen shown below.


  12.  Click Close on the MakeDisk Success screen.

To boot your computer using this boot disk, you might need to edit your computer’s BIOS settings to reorder your drives and permit your CD/DVD drive to boot your computer before your C: drive boots your computer. As your computer begins to boot, you should see a message—before you ever get to Windows or your operating system—that tells you what key to press to enter Setup—typically the Delete key, F2, or F12. Once in the BIOS, follow the instructions provided in your BIOS to reorder the boot sequence and permit your CD/DVD drive to be examined for boot information before your hard drive. If your system starts by offering you the option to select a boot menu, you can use the boot menu to identify the drive you want to use to boot.