how to create a boot disk

jvaska

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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
 

britboy

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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.
 

jvaska

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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...
 

britboy

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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.
 

palala

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Originally posted by britboy
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.

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.
 

Choppaface

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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
 

Hemingray

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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.
 

AmbitiousLemon

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Originally posted by palala



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

Hemingray

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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.
 

AmbitiousLemon

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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.
 

Choppaface

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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?
 

britboy

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Originally posted by AmbitiousLemon

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.

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 :)
 
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