On the FreeDOS mailing list, someone asked how to create a bootable CD-ROM using FreeDOS:

Well my Floppy drive is dead right now and I know its easy and cheep to get a new one. But..I would like to try something new since its dead and I have a CD-RW Drive and would like to test how hard it would be to create a bootable Free-Dos Disk. Anyone have a good set of instructions I could follow?

Answers were immediate. The most helpful advice were these:


Check out http://www.cdpage.com/CD-ROM/bootablecd.html

I used my CD Writing software to do it as the page instructed. Worked great thanks. I had to still the floppy off my other pc though since the cd-writer required a boot floppy to create the image for the CD...


The better is get your favourite CD burner, and create a CD with the full pack of the FreeDOS installation (intaller, ZIPs, etc...), and select Bootable and as boot image FULL.BIN or MINI.BIN (the FreeDOS bootable disks) and put "Diskette of 1.44Mb" as emulation...

But better make a new image with the CD drivers, or you cannot access to the rest of the CD, only to the boot image...

Then, when you put the CD it will boot, load the CD driver, map the image to A:, the A: to B:, and let you the control...

-William Portillo


i did it with nero buring rom. create a 1.44 meg bootdisk, image it, get nero to burn it as bootable cdrom, with your 1.44 meg image as the boot image. set the imgage features to be drive A: emulation.

ps i u want access to the rest of the cdrom, u have to load cdrom drivers etc...

-edwin