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[Release] mkbt_fat.cmd ALPHA 0.01


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#1 Wonko the Sane

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Posted 12 February 2010 - 12:35 AM

Quick instructions:
Get makebootfat:
http://advancemame.sourceforge.net/
http://advancemame.s...akebootfat.html
http://advancemame.s...oot-readme.html
http://advancemame.s...t-download.html
http://prdownloads.s...um.zip?download

Expand contents in a directory.
RENAME mbrfat.bin to mbrfat.mbr
Add in the same directory mkbt_fat.cmd
Add whatever bootsectors (PBRs) you want, only caveat is FAT12 bootsectors must have .F12 extension, FAT16 ones must have .F16 extension, FAT32 ones must have .F57 extension :rofl:
(NO, I am kidding :cheers: , they should have .F32 extension :cheers: )
Add whatever MBR's you want, only caveat being that they must have .mbr extension.
Add whatever system files you think fit. (NO extension/.COM/.SYS only)
Add a subdirectory containing OTHER, non-system files you may want to add (optional).

Read this:
http://www.911cd.net...o...13784&st=44

Run the batch. (yes ;) , I do know you completely failed to read the above link :) , so try using some common sense and choose wisely)

If you don't want to botch a real USB stick, you'd better use VDK or the MS VSS Virtual driver or any other means to have an image exposed as \\.\PhysicalDriven (and again, choose wisely the appropriate n)

HIGHLY EXPERIMENTAL :cheers:, only briefly tested with FAT16 and MS-DOS 7.x system files (IO.SYS/MSDOS.SYS/COMMAND.COM).

The above means:
  • don't come here whining you botched a hard disk or any device you didn't really want to format
  • don't come here whining you cannot use the batch because you don't know what to choose
  • don't come here whining

Suggestions, documented bug reports, intelligent questions and the like, are as always welcome.

:rofl:

Wonko

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#2 ktp

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Posted 12 February 2010 - 11:03 AM

Maybe a short explanation about the advantages using makebootfat and its helper versus exiting formatting tools like HP formatter, PE2USB formatter, bootice, fbinst, rmprep etc.. ?

#3 Wonko the Sane

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Posted 12 February 2010 - 12:54 PM

Maybe a short explanation about the advantages using makebootfat and its helper versus exiting formatting tools like HP formatter, PE2USB formatter, bootice, fbinst, rmprep etc.. ?

No real "advantage".

Rather different and/or "alternative" features.

Makebootfat has a "plain" approach to the FD vs. HD vs. Zip problem.

Since it allows the use of "provided by the user" MBR's and PBR's it allows - within the limits of FAT12/16/32 - to make a device boot "any" OS.

It's documentation sucks, it's command line switches are complex, and it gives very little feedback in case of a wrong syntax used.

But, from a "tweaker" point of view, it is an interesting thingy, and allows for a certain number of "liberties" and "tricks".

As is makebootfat.exe is of no or little use, since people like yours truly, that when it comes to booting knows where his towel is :cheers:, usually have a lot of ways to make things bootable, but most of other people (that may actually have one of those pesky motherboards that only boot a certain format or a pesky USB device) rarely have the abilities or knowledge or patience to carry the experiments, and they usually tend to give up :cheers::
http://www.boot-land...?...=8528&st=18
I thought of making it's usage a little bit more friendly.:cheers:

Actually I am trying not to loose yet another lab rat client victim member in distress :cheers::
http://www.boot-land...showtopic=10361

The base ALPHA 0.00 was written on 28÷29-07-2009 - try to guess what originated the need for it :rofl: and I had this half-a§§ed, unfinished and unreleased script laying around and thought to take it to a realeasable state and share it. :cheers:


Let's see if anyone is interested in it.

:rofl:

Wonko




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