how to create a boot disk

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  1. jvaska macrumors 6502

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    this isn't as easy as i would think...in fact...it's darn confusing...

    how do i create a boot disk?

    jv
     
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  3. britboy macrumors 68030

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    You know you can't create boot disks in OS X, right?

    If you're using toast in OS 9, there's an option to make the disk bootable. Just do it like that.
     
  4. jvaska thread starter macrumors 6502

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    yeah...os9...i tried in toast...

    but i wanted to use a specific .img file...and i couldn't select it. and what does "autostart" mean?

    i know how to do it on a pc too...ugh...
     
  5. britboy macrumors 68030

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    I'm not 100% certain, but i think the autostart means that you wouldn't need to hold down the c key to boot from the cd.

    If you using toast, mount the .img file, then do a disk copy, selecting the bootable option from the menu. That should work.
     
  6. palala macrumors member

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    Why can't you make a boot disk in OS X? The installer disk is a boot disk, so there has to be a way I would think.
     
  7. Choppaface macrumors 65816

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    autostart is the ability to run a program on the disk at mount time I believe. there used to be a virus that used it to run itself whenever people put disks into their machines
     
  8. Hemingray macrumors 68030

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    Also, Iomega Tools under OS 9 has an option to make a bare-bones system disk using your existing system software so you can use a zip as a backup boot disk.
     
  9. AmbitiousLemon Moderator emeritus

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    you can. you just need to know what you are doing. not as simple as clicking a check box like os9.
     
  10. Hemingray macrumors 68030

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    Okay, britboy says you can't, and AmbitiousLemon says you can. So what's the deal? Can or can't you? If not, why not, and if so, how? I'm curious to know as well.
     
  11. AmbitiousLemon Moderator emeritus

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    i think some people who say you cant just have figured out how. its pretty complicated (i dont understand most of it but have done it a few times with some help).

    but you definitely CAN make a bootable osx cd. the osx install disk is one, the drive 10 disk is one, and i have one that i made for my disk utilities.

    i think you need to find a uber unix geek to help you though, thats what i did.
     
  12. Choppaface macrumors 65816

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    can't you just make a disk image of the OSX installer disk and change whatever part of it makes it run the installer at startup?
     
  13. britboy macrumors 68030

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    Ok, what i said wasn't that you can't make a bootable disk for OS X, but that you can't make a bootable disk *in* OS X. That has been my understanding, and my attempts to date have been unsuccesful. (i tried copying my X.1 cd so as to not have to install 10.0.3 first....).

    Anyway, that was what i was told when i asked on another board kind of specialising in that sort of thing. If it can be done, please, i want to know how :)
     
  14. szark macrumors 68030

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    I have never attempted this, but here's a link I found on how to make one:

    http://www.bombich.com/mactips/bootx.html

    The article references a utility that's being developed to help simplify the process.
     

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