Mar 112014
 

There are times where you need to make a bootable disk image, to boot from pxe, or from a boot loader (grub4dos, ms bootmgr, etc).

Lets see how to make it quick and easy with CloneDisk :

1-Lets create and attach a virtual disk
2-Lets create a disk
3-Lets create a partition
4-Lets format it
5-Lets install grub4dos as bootloader
6-Lets copy/paste grldr and menu.lst

1-Lets create and attach a virtual disk
->ignore the parent field
->fill in the path field
->indicate the size (in MB)
->lets go for a fixed one (vs dynamic)

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2-Lets create a disk (i.e initialise)

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3-Lets create a partition
->CloneDisk will use the whole disk size and will make the partition active

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4-Lets format it (FAT or FAT32, NTFS works too)

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5-Lets install grub4dos as bootloader in the MBR

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6-Do not close CloneDisk yet (or else your new virtual logical drive will away) and copy/paste grldr and menu.lst (in CloneDisk zip file)

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You got yourself a bootable disk image, feel free to add your own content.
Even better, since we used a VHD format, you can later on expand this virtual disk.

In a next tutorial, we will see how to PXE boot this virtual disk.

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