How do I create an NT Boot Disk?

A. Follow the steps below

  1. Format the disk using NT, this is so the boot sector of the disk can find Ntldr (puts NT boot loaded into sector 0)
  2. Copy over Ntldr, and Boot.ini
  3. If you have a non-SCSI enabled BIOS and use a SCSI adapter you will also need Ntbootdd.sys, for example if you have a SCSI driver such as AHA154x.SYS copy it to the disk as Ntbootdd.sys.

You can then boot off of this disk, it will look at the existing NT partition and load the kernel as usual. This is useful for a mirrored system as you could edit the boot.ini file and change the disk, e.g.

multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINNT="Windows NT Workstation Version 4.00"

could be changed to

multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(1)partition(1)\WINNT="Windows NT Workstation Version 4.00"

if the mirror was the first partition on the second NT disk.

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