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Linux: create bootable DOS on USB stick

posted on 2015-08-31 23:29:13

create

When needing a bootable DOS installation (which is something you should rarely, if ever, need), do you need windows to create it?

unetbootin will help.

  1. wipe the stick, and create a single partition with a FAT filesystem on it.
  2. install unetbootin
  3. install FreeDos by using it.

use

Once you put the stick into your computer and reboot, you should be provided with a menu where you can choose different DOS options.

When one is chosen, you should end up with a A:\> prompt and be ready to go.

If you need additional files, just throw them to the file root of the stick.

troubleshoot

If things do not work as planned, here are some hints as why they might refrain from working properly:

  1. Mainboard is set to UEFI or is UEFI-only: you cannot boot a bios stick then. Go to setup and fix it.
  2. Boot order is wrong: Either choose the boot menu option (if possible), or fix the boot order in BIOS options.
  3. No files? - Try using B: or C: to change the drive. For me, files were to be found at C:\>.

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