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Can't boot from copy of my XP installation disk

by tonyjeffs / February 4, 2008 5:46 PM PST

I copied the contents of my XP disks to folders on my hard drive.
Then I copied the contents of those folders back to cd's.
My pc won't boot from them - it doesn't recognise them as bootable.

Why not? What is the difference between my backups and a bootable cd ?


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Re: difference.
by Kees Bakker / February 4, 2008 5:52 PM PST

That's the boot sector on the CD.

Things to try:
- Use your burning program to do a CD-copy from the original to a backup copy and use that.
- Use your burning program to create a bootable CD (if it offers that possibility).


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by tonyjeffs / February 4, 2008 11:41 PM PST
In reply to: Re: difference.

Is the boot sector of the cd something like a file on the cd that tells the system that it is (or isn't) bootable?

I can try both your suggestions with Nero, so I'll sort out a proper copy one way or the other.



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Re: boot sector
by Kees Bakker / February 5, 2008 12:19 AM PST
In reply to: Re:difference


That's it. And it isn't copied if you copy all the files and folders. it's something like the very first sector on the disk where the BIOS looks for booting.


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