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June 26, 2005 6:55:56 PM

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Is it possible to copy working versions of setup CD's to DVD so that
I'd have fewer disks to tote around with a laptop? I do know about
images, but there are times when you really need the setup disk.

David

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Anonymous
June 26, 2005 10:12:39 PM

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I don't know if a DVD can be made bootable. Do you? Most setup CD's "are"
so.

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"David" <rhinds_no_spam_@cwnet.com> wrote in message
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> Is it possible to copy working versions of setup CD's to DVD so that
> I'd have fewer disks to tote around with a laptop? I do know about
> images, but there are times when you really need the setup disk.
>
> David
Anonymous
June 27, 2005 2:18:02 AM

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"Richard Urban" <richardurbanREMOVETHIS@hotmail.com> wrote in message
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>I don't know if a DVD can be made bootable. Do you? Most setup CD's "are"
>so.
>


Yes they can be made bootable. I use Ghost to image my machines, and if you
backup to DVD, it becomes bootable. Also, it is my understanding that the
next version of Windows will be released on DVD.



> --
> Regards,
>
> Richard Urban
>
> aka Crusty (-: Old B@stard :-)
>
> If you knew as much as you thought you know,
> You would realize that you don't know what you thought you knew!
>
>
> "David" <rhinds_no_spam_@cwnet.com> wrote in message
> news:eu8ub1hfe5h5ghc1dcd627918utc3qkp04@4ax.com...
>> Is it possible to copy working versions of setup CD's to DVD so that
>> I'd have fewer disks to tote around with a laptop? I do know about
>> images, but there are times when you really need the setup disk.
>>
>> David
>
>
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Anonymous
June 27, 2005 3:00:47 AM

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David wrote:
> Is it possible to copy working versions of setup CD's to DVD so that
> I'd have fewer disks to tote around with a laptop? I do know about
> images, but there are times when you really need the setup disk.

Quick Answer: Yes.
More information needed on what you are planning to combine to give you more
information on what to look for/do.

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Anonymous
June 27, 2005 10:47:25 AM

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"David" <rhinds_no_spam_@cwnet.com> wrote in message
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> Is it possible to copy working versions of setup CD's to DVD so that
> I'd have fewer disks to tote around with a laptop? I do know about
> images, but there are times when you really need the setup disk.
>
> David

The irk in this is if the setup Cd has its own boot image that sets the
environment and calls the installation program as well. Multiple CDs won't
work to DVD in this case as only one boot image on the DVD can happen.

If the setup CDs have no specific boot image, yes, you can put multiple CDs
on a DVD. You'll need to separate by folder name.

DVDs can be made bootable. The boot OS environment determines what/which
filesystem to use on the DVD. Most universal is IS0 9660/Joliet. The
session should be left open after the bootable image writing. Another
session would be made for the files/folder you want, then the session
closed. This session would be a different drive letter after booting from
the DVD.

The filesize limitation in ISO 9660/Joliet is 2GB is another consideration.
Some call this CDFS. UDF fileystem does not have this limitation. But,
Wndows XP, Windows PE, msdos etc. don't comprehend this filesystem natively.
If you should do this experimentally on DVDRW, and find that I'm right.
Then, boot back into XP to wipe it, the UDF writer (INCD or DirectCD) will
access it and allow XP to read the DVD. But, the same UDF reader will block
your regular burning program from accessing it. Just open the DVD drive,
press and hold down the shift key, and reinsert the DVD tray with the DVD on
it, hold the shift key down for about 30 seconds..

Many current DVD burning programs can do the above.
Anonymous
July 4, 2005 11:51:37 AM

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On Sun, 26 Jun 2005 14:55:56 -0700, David <rhinds_no_spam_@cwnet.com>
wrote:

> Is it possible to copy working versions of setup CD's to DVD so that
> I'd have fewer disks to tote around with a laptop? I do know about
> images, but there are times when you really need the setup disk.
>
> David

CD's plural?

Are you talking about your XP Install CD? I have only one. No, the
XP Install CD is a special boot CD.

Are you talking about application setup CD's? _Maybe_, make a folder
for each app and copy the install files there. Note that, of course,
AUTOEXEC for each app will not automatically launch since you have to
open the install folder first (AUTOEXEC works only when a CD is first
read), but you can manually start AUTOEXEC or SETUP. Note that if the
install does not have the AUTOEXEC.EXE but does have AUTOEXEC.INF the
INF is a text file, just look at it and see what the actual install
file is. This will not work if the original CD has a copy protection
scheme. Just thought; it may be illegal, depends on what the app
license agreement says, i.e. can you make copies for your own use?


As for images. Where I work (Unisys Inc.) we make mainframe computers
and our software engineering has made bootable XP Pro DVDs. That is,
you boot to XP desktop on the CD = C:, then you can use Disk
Management to partition & format HDs as specified, reboot to the CD,
then we run an icon that copies the XP image to the boot (active
partition) HD, it will become C: when you boot without the CD. You do
have to have special CD burn software to make such a CD and, sorry, I
have no idea what engineering uses and they will not tell me or you.




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