A boot disc is an important utility to have on hand if your computer ever runs into trouble. The Hiren Boot CD is capable of backing up, restoring and partitioning your hard drive, among other things. MakeUseOf.com says the boot disc can help in a variety of situations, including “hard drive failure, virus infections, password recovery and data recovery.” The disc can be downloaded in the ISO image file format and then burnt to a CD or applied to a USB flash drive to boot your computer.
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Things you need
- Hiren Boot CD ISO
- Virtual Disc Mounting utility
- USB flash drive
- BootSect Utility
Download the Hiren Boot CD ISO file. Save it to your desktop.
Download and install a virtual disc mounting utility. This utility creates a new drive on your computer (in the “My Computer” folder) and can load the ISO file as if it were a physical disc in your computer’s optical tray. Daemon Tools is one of the most popular utilities of this kind and offers a free version. Virtual CloneDrive and Virtual CD-ROM are two other options.
Launch the virtual disc mounting utility and open the ISO file. When the ISO file is properly mounted with the utility, it will appear in “My Computer” along with the other physical disc drives.
Download the BootSect utility and unzip the contents of the downloaded file to the root of the C: folder.
Connect the USB flash drive to the computer.
Open the Windows Command Prompt by typing “cmd” into the Windows Start menu search box. “Command Prompt” will appear in available applications list. Right-click the utility and select “Run as Administrator.”
Enter “diskpart” into the Command Prompt window once it loads. Hit the Return key. Enter “list volume” and hit the Return key. Look for the entry in the returned list labelled “Removable Media/Storage,” this is the USB flash drive--make note of the drive letter and volume number (A and 1 will be used in the following examples).
Enter “select volume 1” and hit the Return key, enter “active” and hit the Return key. Enter “exit” and hit the Return key to quit the DiskPart utility--don’t quit Command Prompt yet.
Enter “cd C:” and hit the Return key to navigate to the C: folder. Enter “bootsect.exe /nt60 A:” and hit the Return key. Quit Command Prompt once the formatting completes.
Open the contents of the mounting ISO file by right-clicking the virtual drive and selecting “Explore.” In a second window, explore the contents of the USB flash drive the same way.
Select all the files on the virtual disc and drag them into the contents of the USB flash drive. It will take a few minutes for the computer to copy all the files over. When the operation completes, you can unmount the Hiren Boot CD ISO and exit the virtual disc mounting utility. The USB flash drive has been properly formatted to boot the computer with the Hiren Boot disc utilities.
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