http://www.informationweek.com/story/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=10818064&pgno=3   Roxio Easy CD & DVD Creator 6 Place your boot floppy in the A: drive and put a blank CD in your CD burner. If Roxio opens a "wizard" dialog, cancel it. Open "Creator Classic," either directly or through the general Roxio control panel. Next, choose File/New Project/Bootable Disc. The "Choose Type of Bootable Disc" dialog  box will appear; select "Floppy Disk Emulation (1.44 MB)." Next, in the same dialog box's "Emulation Option" section, select "Generate Image from Floppy." Click OK. Follow any on-screen instructions that may appear.

Next, in the "Project" pane, right click in the area below the "bootimg.bin" file, and select "New Folder" from the context menu. The Project pane will appear to go blank: It's showing you the contents of the new, empty folder you just created.

In the "Select Source" pane, navigate to your collection of diagnostic/repair utilities and drag them into the empty new folder in the Project pane. You can add as many files as you like, up to the capacity of the CD. Just make sure they're going into the new folder, and not alongside the "bootimg.bin" file. Because you'll eventually be accessing these files from DOS, note that long file- and folder names will be subject to DOS's 8.3 naming limits. You can save yourself some possible confusion later by renaming any long file- or folder names in the Project pane to short, easy-to-recognize names. As an example, if you have something named "Password Recovery Tool.EXE" in Windows, you might want to rename it to something like "PWRECOVR.EXE" for DOS access.

For maximum compatibility, you also should keep the number of folder sublevels on the CD to a minimum: Very long paths--folders within folders, many levels deep--can cause problems both in maintaining CD compatibility and in allowing some older PCs to read the data on the CD; long pathnames also hinder command-line navigation. Eight sublevels is the absolute maximum for a CD in the standard ISO 9660 format; keeping your CD to just two or three levels of subfolders is probably even better.

When you're done copying (and perhaps renaming) files and folders, right click on the "New Folder" title, select "Rename," and give the folder a short, easy-to-remember name, such as "Tools."

You also can give the CD itself a custom name (Roxio defaults to a numeric name based on the date and time when you opened the CD project). In the Project pane, right click on the CD disk icon, and give your boot CD a short, obvious, DOS-friendly name (something like "boot_cd" or "dos_boot").

When you're ready, click File/Record Disc, and you're done.


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Consensus Emerging On CD/DVD Life
http://langa.com/newsletters/2004/2004-05-20.htm#5


Further Authoritative Info On CD/DVD Life
http://langa.com/newsletters/2004/2004-06-21.htm#4





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