Contents of the READ.ME file
Readme file for BOOTABLE.EXE
Bootable.exe represents my 2nd attempt at creating a method to make DOS
bootable diskettes while running OS/2 2.0. Since I have only OS/2 on my
machine (no dual boot), I was forced to boot DOS from diskette in order to
run the DOS format command. What a hassle.
Bootable.exe works in two steps. First, put a DOS bootable diskette into
one of your floppy drives and give the command:
bootable -s a: or,
bootable -s b:
This will take a snapshot of your boot sector, system files io.sys, msdos.sys
(or ibmbio.com and ibmdos.com), and command.com and place them in your
Second, with a freshly formatted diskette with NO LABEL in either floppy
drive, issue the command:
bootable a: or,
This will merge the saved boot sector with the one on the new diskette,
retaining the correct diskette parameters, copy over the system files and
command.com. You now have a DOS bootable diskette!
You can take snapshots of various flavors of DOS and place the files in
Let me know how it works or if there are any problems. I can be reached
on Compuserve, and often in the IBMOS2 forum.
This was built using TopSpeed C++ ver 3.02 for OS/2.
Fixed merging algorithm for the destination floppy's boot sector.