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  1. gazmysta

    gazmysta Thread Starter

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    Hi Guys!!

    Could someone please explain the difference between a startup disk and a boot disk? which one has fdisk on it where you can look at the partitions etc?

    Thanks

    Gazmysta
     
  2. Jtoast

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    They are pretty much the same thing.

    To make a disk bootable all you need are the basic operating system files.

    extras such as cd rom support and files such as fdisk can be added to either.
     
  3. gazmysta

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    Im not fully with you, what are they in laymens terms? definition wise?

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  4. rmay635703

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    A startup disk and boot disk are EXACTLY the same...

    They allow your computer to load up an operating system (startup), without one your computer will turn on and show a bios screen but will not go any further. (you wouldn't be able to do anything)

    If you make a startup/boot disk (same thing) you can put it in your floppy drive allow the system to boot and then type in fdisk hit enter and you will be able to view partitions, erase partitions and make new partitions, its all step by step.

    A good site to look at is

    http://www.bootdisk.com

    Cheers
     
  5. gazmysta

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    Ive used a Boot disk and typed fdisk and that is fine but when i create a startup disk through the format option on the A Drive i start my computer with the disk in and when i type fdisk it says "Bad command or file name"?

    Gazmysta
     
  6. rmay635703

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    If your running windows XP that is the problem, fdisk isn't really present but you could always download and make a 98se bootdisk from

    Bootdisk.com
     
  7. JSanguancheu

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    Boot disk, Startup disk, System disk are basically the same thing. It's a disk with OS system files on it so the computer can get past the POST phase and load up a simple operating system. Usually DOS.

    The bare minimum they need to start a computer are these files:
    COMMAND.COM
    DRVSPACE.BIN
    IO.SYS
    MSDOS.SYS

    When you use the format command to create a startup disk these are the only files Windows puts on the disk.

    This will get you to a A:\ prompt without any support for a CD drive. It allows you to do basic DOS commands like dir, delete, cd, etc.. (This is probably what you have on your startup disk currently.)

    Whatever else gets put on the disk depends on who is creating it.

    Now most people today though when they say boot or startup disk, they mean a disk with the four basic files and a whole bunch of other files such as:
    CONFIG.SYS
    AUTOEXEC.BAT
    FDISK.EXE
    FORMAT.COM
    EDIT.COM
    REGEDIT.EXE
    UNINSTALL.EXE
    CHKDSK.EXE
    ATTRIB.EXE
    and so on...

    So Yes and No. They might be the same thing, they might not be. It all depends on who made them. :)
     
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