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Taly
04-06-2004, 04:14 PM
Hi there! What is the difference between "boot disk" and "bootable disk"?
Are they the same? Is there such thing as "Not bootable disk". Can CD- ROM with OS such as Win98, say, be bootable without Floppy startup?
Any ideas?

godfather
04-06-2004, 04:59 PM
> Hi there! What is the difference between "boot disk"
> and "bootable disk"?

Both the same in meaning, however a "boot disk" is usually understood to have formatting and other system tools on it to perform specific functions after it has booted. A bootable disk is just that, a disk that has a bootable DOS version on it but not necessarily anything else.

> Is there such thing as "Not bootable disk".

Any formatted disk with no bootable system files on it is a "not bootable disk".
A disk with data files on it only will not boot, but its a valid disk for copying to or from however, as an example.

> Can CD- ROM with OS such as Win98, say, be bootable without Floppy startup?

Yes, if the CD was created to be bootable. All XP System CDs are bootable as an example.

> Any ideas?

No. Not today.

Graham L
04-06-2004, 05:00 PM
None. Yes. Yes. No. :D

A boot disk has to be a bootable disk. It has a short piece of code in its first sector which starts the loading process.

A non-bootable disk doesn't have that code; it usually has a text message saying it isn't bootable.

The Win 98 CD was made by Microsoft without a boot capability because there wqere so many computers around which could not boot from CD drives, and it was easier fot them to include the boot floppy than to deal with the millions of complaints they would have got if they had supplied a bootable CD which wouldn't. ;-) You could make a bootable CD foir W98. But you would have to do it. MS haven't.

metla
04-06-2004, 05:02 PM
win98se is bootable