How to Create a Boot Disk

Creating a boot disk is simple way to ensure that you will be able to start your computer after its hard drive crashes. Whether you use a floppy disk for older computers or want to make a CD or DVD bootable, it is easy to do with a few clicks of the mouse.

For a Floppy Disk

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Insert a blank diskette into the floppy drive. Click on My Computer on your desktop.

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Right-click on Drive A. You will see the option to format the drive.

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Click on Format. Depending on your operating system, you will see an option that reads either "Create a system disk" or "Create a MS Dos system disk." Click the box next to this option.

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Click the "Start" button to begin formatting the disk. When completed, you will have a bootable floppy disk.

For CD ROM or DVD disks

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Open the software that you use to burn or write files to the CD-ROM or DVD drive.

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Click on "Make a Data CD or DVD." Insert a blank CD-R or DVD-R disk into the drive.

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Look for the option to "Make this disk bootable." You may have to scroll over the various icons displayed to find this option. Click on the option.

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Burn the CD or DVD as usual. Once completed, this disk can be used to boot your computer.