Windows® 2000 Boot Disk
How to create a boot disk for Windows® 2000? How to use it?
When your system starts up or boots, it does so using information from the hard drive. However, if the files on the hard drive are damaged or affected, you would need an alternative device. A boot disk is a removable medium, usually in the form of a diskette, from which your system can boot or run the operating system or any particular program.
Discussed below are details on how to create a boot disk for the Windows® 2000 operating system and its uses:
- How to create a boot disk for Windows® 2000
- How to use the boot disk
- Benefits of using the boot disk
How to create a boot disk for Windows® 2000
To create a Windows® 2000 boot disk, you need four 1.44MB formatted floppy diskettes and the operating system CD. Once you insert the CD, click ‘Start’, click ‘Run’, and then search the CD-ROM drive for the ‘Bootdisk’ folder. Once inside the folder, double-click the ‘Makeboot.exe’ file and click ‘OK’ to launch the program to create the diskette. You need to keep changing the disks as the system asks for it. One can also create an Emergency Repair Disk by clicking ‘Start’, and then going to ‘Programs’, ‘Accessories’, ‘System Tools’, and then opening ‘Backup’. In the ‘Backup’ window, you need to click the ‘Emergency Repair Disk’ button and follow the instructions. However, do remember to write-protect the diskette after creating it, to prevent possible computer virus infection and to help the diskette from being erased.
How to use the boot disk
After creating the bootable diskette and write-protecting it, you need to insert it into the computer, and reset or turn on the computer to begin the boot process. As the system boots, you need to follow the instructions as prompted by the computer. Once you are at the ‘A:’ drive, you need to take appropriate actions depending upon the situation of the computer.
The boot disk for Windows® 2000 comes handy in case the Windows® 2000 files have got damaged and you need to bypass them in order to get your computer running. However, one should keep in mind that the boot disk is different from the restore disc that comes with your computer.