5.1 Creating a Bootable Floppy Manually

A bootable floppy can be created manually in 2 steps:

  1. Prepare a bootable floppy disk or startup disk
  2. Copy UNERASER.EXE, DOS4GW.EXE files to the bootable floppy disk or startup disk in drive A:.

STEP 1: Preparing a bootable floppy disk or startup disk

Put a blank 3.5-inch floppy in the floppy drive (A:) and follow the appropriate instructions below for:

  • MS-DOS, Command Prompt mode of Windows 95/98  
  • Windows 95/98/ME  
  • Windows XP  
MS-DOS or Command Prompt mode of Windows 95/98:  
  • On the screen, type the format command as follows (see figure below):
    FORMAT A: /S
  • Follow on-screen messages until process is complete.
Undelete files by UNERASER. DOS Format Progress Messages

Windows 95/98/ME  

  • Click the Start button and click Settings, Control Panel
  • From the Control Panel screen, click Add/Remove Programs
  • In the Add/Remove Programs screen, click the Startup Disk tab
  • Click the Startup Disk button and follow the screen instructions until the process is complete
Undelete files by UNERASER. Windows Format Startup Disk Screen

Windows XP  

  • Right-click A: drive.
  • From the drop-down menu, click Format...
  • Enable the checkbox beside Create a MS-DOS startup disk.
  • Click the Start button and follow the screen instructions until the process is complete

If you have created a MS-DOS boot disk in Windows XP, you will have to delete some files to make some more room on the disk.
Delete the files:
EGA2.CPI, EGA3.CPI, EGA.CPI, KEYB.COM, KEYBOARD.SYS, KEYBRD2.SYS, KEYBRD3.SYS, KEYBRD4.SYS, MODE.COM, DISPLAY.SYS
That should free up enough space to fit both UNERASER.EXE and DOS4GW.EXE files.

STEP 2: Copying Active@ UNERASER, DOS4GW.EXE files

Copy the Active@ UNERASER file (UNERASER.EXE), DOS4GW.EXE file to the bootable floppy disk or startup disk in drive A:.

If you don't have the Active@ UNERASER file, Download it.

After copying the files onto the floppy disk, remove the floppy from the floppy drive.

Once preparation of the bootable 3.5-inch floppy disk is complete, you are ready to begin recovering data.

 
  1. PRODUCT OVERVIEW
    1. Restoring Deleted Data
    2. Files Erased
    3. Partition Damage
    4. Steps to unerase Files and Folders
  2. SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS
  3. USING Active@ UNERASER CONSOLE
    1. Starting Active@ UNERASER DOS console
    2. Starting Active@ UNERASER Windows console
    3. Command Bar Menu
    4. Performing a Drive Scan
    5. Performing a Device Scan
    6. Searching for Deleted Files and Folders
    7. Searching for Files by Name
    8. Using Hex/Text Viewer
    9. Unerasing a Deleted File
    10. Unerasing a Deleted Folder
    11. Creating a Disk Image
    12. Steps to create a Disk Image
    13. Checking Disk Image
    14. Working with Disk Image
    15. Long File Names Support
    16. Recovering Files with Long Names
  4. DATA RECOVERY TIPS
    1. Treat Recovery Area With Care
    2. Save Recovered Files Onto a Different Drive
    3. Load UNERASER to a Floppy
  5. PREPARING TO USE THE UTILITY
    1. Preparing a DOS-Bootable Floppy Disk
    2. Preparing a Bootable ISO CD-ROM Image
  6. USING COMMAND LINE PARAMETERS
    1. Overview of Command Line Parameters
  7. QUESTIONS & ANSWERS:
  8. HOW TO...

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