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Win2000 - Boot Floppy ERD (Emergency Repair Disk):

Research provided for discussion clarity... From Windows 2000 Help Menu:

Search: emergency repair disks, creating

To create an Emergency Repair Disk

  1. Open Backup.
  2. On the Tools menu, click Create an Emergency Repair Disk.
  3. Follow the instructions that appear on your screen.
  • To start Backup, click Start, point to Programs, point to Accessories, point to System Tools, and then click Backup.
  • Choosing Also back up the registry to the repair directory will save your current registry files in a folder within your systemroot/repair folder. This is useful if you need to recover your system in the event your hard disk has failed.


Search: boot disks, creating boot disks

To create setup disks

  1. Insert a blank, formatted, 3.5-inch, 1.44-MB disk into the floppy disk drive.
  2. Insert the Windows 2000 CD-ROM into the CD-ROM drive.
  3. Click Start, and then click Run.
  4. In the Open box, type d:\bootdisk\makeboot a: (where d: is the drive letter assigned to your CD-ROM drive), and then click OK.
  5. Follow the screen prompts.


  • You will need four blank, formatted, 3.5-inch, 1.44-MB floppy disks. Label them Setup Disk One, Setup Disk Two, Setup Disk Three, and Setup Disk Four.


  • You can create the setup disks from a computer running any version of Windows or MS-DOS.


ERD Commander - a utility that enables you to boot NT off of a floppy disk

Sysinternals Freeware - Information for Windows NT and Windows 2000 - ERDCommander 2000

SC On-Line - Article: ERD Commander 2000 Version: 2.01

Winternals Software - Repair & Recovery Tools - ERD Commander 2000

JSI Tip 0012 - Build a NTFS or FAT Boot Floppy.

How to Create a Bootable Disk for an NTFS or FAT Partition

Ars Technica ERD Commander Professional - Page 1 (4-99)

Windows Help



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