Vista refuses to create a Msdos startup disk

Discussion in 'Windows Vista General Discussion' started by Will, Dec 6, 2006.

  1. Will

    Will Guest

    I have a question
    I'm using Vista RC2 build 5744 and I'm trying create an Ms Dos
    startup(1.44mb floppy) disk from the format option in My computer, it lets
    me quick format and do a full format but the option to create a MS DOS
    startup disk won't work it keeps halting the process and telling me the disk
    is "write protected" which I'm 100% certain it isn't seeing it lets me
    format the disk.
    is this a bug or am I doing something wrong ?
    P.S so far I've tried about 10 different disks all with the same result
     
    Will, Dec 6, 2006
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  2. Why do you even need an MS-DOS formatted disk?
     
    Michael Price, Dec 6, 2006
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  3. Will

    Will Guest

    I need a bootable floppy to flash a graphics card
     
    Will, Dec 6, 2006
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  4. Will

    Will Guest

    but thats really beside the point if there's an option to create a MSDOS
    bootdisk it should work
    and "format A: /S" format the command prompt doesn't work either it tells me
    "/S" is an invalid parameter
     
    Will, Dec 6, 2006
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  5. Hello Will
    What type of drive and what type of system?
    Internal disk or USB disk? 1.44 I presume with defaults on the format
    screen?

    I can create an MS-DOS start-up disk with RTM media without any issues so
    it may be hardware specific.
    Thanks,
    Darrell Gorter[MSFT]

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    <>> DOS startup disk won't work it keeps halting the process and telling me
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    Darrell Gorter[MSFT], Dec 6, 2006
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  6. Will

    Travis King Guest

    I had a similar problem when I tried to make a Western Digital Data
    Lifegaurd Tools floppy with the utility. I went on XP and it worked fine.
     
    Travis King, Dec 6, 2006
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  7. bootdisk.com
     
    Michael Cecil, Dec 6, 2006
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  8. Will

    Evan Platt Guest

    format /?

    /FS:filesystem Specifies the type of the file system (FAT, FAT32,
    NTFS, or UDF).

    Evan
     
    Evan Platt, Dec 6, 2006
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  9. Can you try a different floppy drive?
    Did you have any problems making a boot disk with the previous operating
    system?

    I just successfully made one using Windows Vista Ultimate RTM.

    So either you:
    Have a bad drive, cable connection or other hardware issue.
    Bad Vista installation
    That build of Vista can not do it, doubtful.
     
    Jupiter Jones [MVP], Dec 6, 2006
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  10. Will

    Andrew Guest

    Will:
    I reported this problem to MS and never got reply. I am using RC2 build 5744
    just like you. Vista guru told me that you can use cd or USB Flash drive.
    Creating MsDOs bootable floppy will not be supported in Vista.
    Is this true or just RC2 bug?
     
    Andrew, Dec 6, 2006
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  11. Will

    Will Guest

    it's a Sony 1.44md Fdd (A drive)

     
    Will, Dec 6, 2006
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  12. Will

    Will Guest

    I booted into Xp Pro and it worked fine

     
    Will, Dec 6, 2006
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  13. Will

    Will Guest

    Not 100% sure it's a bug
    However I tried a normal format from the command prompt and it said that A
    drive was inaccessable due to it be used used by another program (I had no
    other programs open)
    it went on to ask me if I wanted to force it to format I choose to force it
    and it formatted just fine However it wouldn't let me use the S switch to
    create a system disk
     
    Will, Dec 6, 2006
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  14. Jupiter Jones [MVP], Dec 6, 2006
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  15. Will

    Will Guest

    When I installed Vista on this Hdd, I did have my Fdd disabled in my bios
    settings and I only just enabled it to make a MSDOS boot disk maybe that has
    had something to do with it
     
    Will, Dec 6, 2006
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  16. Will

    Lang Murphy Guest

    Works fine here... Vista Ulitmate RTM on a Dell XPS Gen2 desktop.

    Lang
     
    Lang Murphy, Dec 6, 2006
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  17. Will

    Ray Guest

    I'm getting the same situation, Build 5744

    Ray

     
    Ray, Dec 6, 2006
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  18. Will

    Will Guest

    I have RC1 build 5600 set up on a spare pc it works well on that.

    It might have somethign to do with my motherboard
     
    Will, Dec 6, 2006
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  19. Will

    Will Guest

    thanks for the tip it's already done I was just wondering why viista
    couldn't do it
     
    Will, Dec 6, 2006
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  20. Will

    Steve Urbach Guest

    *If* it is not supported, then
    ?Why? would there be a option to: "Create MS-DOS Startup disk"
    in the format GUI.

    Start menu
    Computer
    Right click on floppy (A:)
    [GUI appears]

    Now if I could only get my drive to function correctly (they seem to
    die from lack of use, even after a Puff of compressed air), I could
    report back.
     
    Steve Urbach, Dec 6, 2006
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