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Missing boot file. . .

by Coryphaeus / July 22, 2004 7:55 AM PDT

Perfect timing for Marianne's thread, but. . .

A while back I backed up my NSW 2003 disk to a CDR. I'd never used it, nor have I had to use either one. Later, I lost the original disk. But just for grins I tried to boot from the copy. And it won't. I know the original disk would, or should, and so should the copy. But it won't. I have used the copy to install from and everything works perfectly. It just won't boot.

So my question is this. Is there a file I may have missed to prevent the disk from booting?

Symantec has offered to replace the disk for a nominal fee, but I'm cheap. Does anyone know what file causes the disk to be bootable? If there's a file I'd be glad to receive it via email and I could add it to the CD.

Running XP Home.


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BTW. . .
by Coryphaeus / July 22, 2004 8:01 AM PDT
In reply to: Missing boot file. . .

Here are the root files on the CD:

Directory of F:\

AUTORUN.INF 1 KB 8/29/2002 12:42:32 AM
NCDStart.exe 513 KB 8/29/2002 12:45:06 AM
PPList.ini 1 KB 8/29/2002 12:42:30 AM
Setup.exe 81 KB 8/29/2002 12:47:40 AM
Setup.ini 1 KB 8/29/2002 12:42:34 AM
nsw.msi 2119 KB 8/29/2002 1:21:54 AM
nsw1.cab 5229 KB 8/29/2002 1:21:52 AM
readme.txt 4 KB 8/29/2002 12:42:24 AM

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Just me writing about such.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 22, 2004 8:11 AM PDT
In reply to: Missing boot file. . .

1. You must DUPLICATE the CD and not just the files on it. It wasn't revealed how you duplicated it.

2. Booting a CDR can be very hard for old CDROM drives. In fact, it's a great test to tell if I'm going to toss out some old drive. If it can't boot a CD such as XP or NT/2000 or even some CDR, then it's a freebie for the staff to never talk to us about for support. (Get lost!) (in a nice way...)

3. Try this if you have duplicated the CD.

Duplicate it again. But try some low speed such as 4X and onto some "good" CDR media you know works.

Best of luck,


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Re: Just me writing about such.
by Coryphaeus / July 22, 2004 9:17 AM PDT

1. It was duplicated via NTI CD Maker Platinum. An exact copy. I thought. Maybe a file was missing. I have copied CDs before. It will Auto-run.

2. New drive, have tried the Sony DVD-ROM and the Sony DVD-RW in my XP Home PC. Also the Sony 52-32-52 CDRW in my W98SE IBM.

3. Don't have the original any more.

If someone can look at my list, maybe the missing file can be found.

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Not a file.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 22, 2004 11:53 AM PDT

It's the El Torito boot image. It's why I suggest duplicating again, but to try a slow speed to give the new copy as good as it gets duplicate.

As you know, "it's not digital."

More than we need to know about CD recording at http://www.cdrfaq.org/

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