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Wondering what general thoughts are about the boot disks you find at computer shows and EBAY. Are they really helpful tools or just a scam?

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Dear mikeyboomboom,

Do you mean a bootable floppy disk? If so... Their value is near zero - you can make one of those yourself.


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Boot Disks

You can get all kinds of free boot disks at Quite a few excellent utilities as well.

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Free boot disks

I agree, there are lots of free boot disks. But our poster wants to know about value, not availability.

I have seen some of these wonder disks, and most are simply compilations of lots of free utilities with a slick menu. Compiling these boot cds obviously took time, time that you may find better spent in other pursuits.

One such disk I saw had over 200mbs of boot utilities, from mem tester, burn in tools, partitioning tools, network conectivity with autodetect for a massive list of NICs, and even manufacturer low level drive tools.

So are they worth five or ten bucks most of these people want? I don't know, you make one while I go enjoy life for four or more hours, then you tell me.

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Boot Disk

I guess what confuses me about these disks are the claims they make. Example, they advertise "boot up any computer, whether it has am operating system or not." Does that mean I can build a computer and rather than purchase an operating system for $200 I can just purchase a boot cd for $14.95 + $6.00 shipping and be all set? Then to top it off I don't have to purchase a system utility like Norton because it's all included in the cd?

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Boot disk instead of an operating system?

I don't think so. Apparently you don't understand the purpose of a boot disk. It isn't a substitute for your operating system.

If it sounds to good to be true, it isn't. Don't be fooled into believing those kinds of claims.

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a "boot disk" boots

the OS operates Happy

i have a 1.4M floppy that will "boot" it's yours for $5.95+$5 shipping

(the norton utility CD is in a seperate envelope and will be billed seperately



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