how do i make a bootable cd for latitude d600[/quotemsg I guess I should have been more specific in the description of my problem I recently crashed my dell latitude d600 harddrive so I took that opportunity to install and update to a new larger harddrive ( WD 250GB) the problem is once I installed it I can't get the system to boot up I have went to BIOS and changed the boot sequence to boot from the CD ROM drive but I can't seem to come up with boot disk that is configured to allow me to boot up in the A: drive and then allow me to transfer the system files and or boot.ini files I might need to change to C: drive of course i've had this thing for so long I could not begin to know where a dell boot disk was I did download the Dell Dianostic Utilities software but could not it to see or boot anything from the CD ROM drive so I tried to boot up from an old DOS figuring if I coud just get it to BOOT properly I could reinstall the software I am not really new at this but its been a long long long time since i've had to play around in DOS i've formated the new hard drive to FAT32 and NTFS i've tried to install MBR in the active partition don't know if it took or not because I have no way of seeing it i've ran the diagnostics from the boot sequence menu everything passes but I got the message no dell diagnostic utilities partition found I was able to download and install a software called the Ultimate Command Boot Disk utility by burning the image on a cd from my windows vista laptop this allowed me to boot up the Dell and go into PMagic and verify the disk partitions so I know that the new drive is being recognized I just can't seem to come up with a boot disk that allows me boot up and initialize C: drive I've even tried using the BOOTPART argument along with a lot of downloads still no luck I know I'm probably missing something or doing something wrong but i'm running out of patience and need HELP.
You have not specified what operating system you are planning to install in your new, probably not formatted correctly, hard drive.
Any Microsoft® Windows® CD will boot the computer and run Setup, if the BIOS is set to boot from CD.
Setup will offer to format your hard drive for you, and do it correctly.
It is advisable to format using the NTFS file system so security enhancements will already be there when the completed install is run for the first time, as well as other perks that come with the NTFS file system, such as giant files over 4GB can be stored and used.
If you are going to use the computer for purely DOS based programs, then that's another story.