How to Create an MS-DOS Boot Partition Disk

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MS-DOS is an old code-based operating system that was used before any of the Windows graphical user interfaces were invented. Everything was run by codes that you typed in. MS-DOS is still included in all Windows operating systems. It is simply used in the "Command prompt", which is a window that will allow you to type in codes to accomplish tasks. To partition a hard drive is to divide it into different sections and treat each section as a separate hard drive. If you'd like to use MS-DOS to partition your hard drive, then you need to make an MS-DOS boot disk to do so.

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Things you need

  • Floppy diskette

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  1. 1

    Place your floppy diskette in your computer's disk drive.

  2. 2

    Click on "Start" > "My Computer". Find your floppy diskette under the words "Devices with removable storage".

  3. 3

    Click your floppy diskette once with the right mouse button and select "Format" from the list of options that appears.

  4. 4

    In the format window, put a check mark in the box next to the words "Create an MS-DOS startup disk".

  5. 5

    Click the "Start" button in the bottom right corner of the format window. Windows will let you know when it is finished creating your MS-DOS startup disk, so you can partition your hard drive.

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