Full Description of File
RAWRITE copies raw data directly to a
floppy disk. It is generally used to
transfer disk images and will over-write
the fat destroying any previous infor-
mation the disk may have contained. Use
this for installing LINUX.
Contents of the RAWRITE.DOC file
Write a disk image file to a floppy disk.
PC/XT/AT with a floppy disk drive capable of reading and writing a
This program uses generic low-level BIOS diskette read/write functions. It
should be portable to nearly every PC in existance. PS/2's should be able
to run RawWrite but this has not been tested.
This program will write ANY disk file to a floppy, overwriting any previous
information that may have been present. If you wish to re-use a diskette
under MS-DOS thats been written to by RawWrite then the disk will need to be
reformatted; all MS-DOS specific information will have been erased.
And follow the prompts. All arguments are case-insensitive.
A sample run is shown below. The disk file being written, in this example,
is named DEMODISK and the destination - where the image is being written -
is the B: drive.
This program may be aborted at any time by typing ^C.
RaWrite 1.2 - Write disk file to raw floppy diskette
Enter source file name: DEMODISK
Enter destination drive: B
Please insert a formatted diskette into drive B: and press -ENTER- :
Writing image to drive B:
RaWrite attempts to determine if the diskette is a 360K, 720K, 1.2M, or
1.44M diskette by reading specific sectors. If the inserted diskette is not
one of the mentioned types, then RaWrite will abort with a short error
Errors such as write protect, door open, bad disk, bad sector, etc. cause a
program abort with a short error message.
1.1-Beta test (fixing bugs)4/5/91
Some BIOS's don't like full-track writes.
1.101-Last beta release.4/8/91
Fixed BIOS full-track write by only only
writing 3 sectors at a time.
1.2-Final code and documentation clean-ups.4/9/91