windows 7 - How to create bootable floppy disk images (.img)

  • Kendall Frey

    I am thinking of creating my own OS. I downloaded bochs for a test machine, and now I need a 'floppy' to boot from (it boots from .img files). I am looking for free software to create bootable disk images. I have neither physical floppies or a floppy drive. My requirements are:

    I need a way to create a bootable disk image.

    I need a way to manipulate files on the 'disk'.

    The best software I found was VFD, but I have Windows 7 64-bit, and VFD is explicitly designed to work only on 32-bit hardware. I searched high and low on Google and I couldn't find anything both free and useful.

    Does someone know of software that can do this?

  • Answers
  • paradroid

    You should be able to use UltraISO. While it is not free, IIRC, the limits improsed on the trial version still allows making floppy images.

  • JdeBP

    It's always a good idea to read user manuals. Chapter 8 of the user manual for Bochs points one to the Bochs WWW site where one can find listed two Win32 ports of MTOOLS, for starters.

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  • usajbalt

    I have created an image of a floppy disk by executing:

    dd if=/dev/fd0 of=/home/myFloppy.img

    My floppy disk is no more working now. So I am thinking now if it's possible to write the image of that floppy to a flash drive and then I may boot my machine from the flash drive.

    My machine's BIOS has the option of 'Boot from USB'.

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  • Peter Mortensen

    Method 5 of the website mentioned by Darren seemed to be a solution to my problem but it did not work for me.

    After a little browsing the method shown in "Creating a bootable USB thumb drive - Page 2 " did the magic for me.

  • Darren Hall

    This website provides several methods to do this, including methods of converting a floppy image to USB boot. There appears to be additional steps other than raw writing the floppy image directly to the USB drive.