Building a Bootable Floppy Disk

This appendix outlines the steps necessary to create a bootable floppy disk. Information about the OS commands can be found in the man pages. Refer to the specific OS release for information about particular files and their locations within the file system.

1. Format the diskette.

The fdformat command is an example of a utility for formatting floppy disks.

2. Create the diskette's file systems.

If available, you can use the newfs command.

3. Mount the diskette to a temporary partition.

If available, you can use the mount command to do this.

4. Copy the second-level disk booter to the diskette, using the cp command.

boot and ufsboot are examples of second-level booters.

5. Install a boot block on the floppy.

If available, you can use the installboot command.

6. Copy the file that you want to boot to the mounted diskette, using the cp command.

7. Unmount the diskette, using umount , if available.

8. You can now remove the diskette from the drive.

Use eject floppy , if it's available.

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