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How To Check Disks For Bootability?


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#1 abrogard

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Posted 09 August 2016 - 11:33 PM

I just want to go through my disks quickly and check which are bootable and which aren't.

 

Had a good lead: WinIso.  Except it didn't work reliably.  It flags disks as not bootable when I know they are.

 

Also found a number of sites with information on checking Win10 install disks for bootability and such. 

 

Though I use Windows all the time I'm not looking to install Win10 or Win7 or any other Win.

 

 I just want to check disks for bootability regardless of what's on them.

 

I get the feeling it is not easy.  But I'm asking.

 

Anyone know of a tool that will do it? 

 

Even if it means getting a disk editor and looking for a sequence of bytes - I can do that, I'll do it.  Just tell me what.

 

 



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Posted 10 August 2016 - 12:09 AM

Well this will test USB...
http://bootableusb.net/how-to-check-if-usb-drive-is-bootable/



#3 abrogard

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Posted 10 August 2016 - 01:22 AM

Yep, thanks for that.  I knew about it.  Gets frequent mentions in those pages about bootable win install disks.  Seems too slow and cumbersome for my purposes.  I'd use it as a last resort.

 

WinIso is much better if only it worked.

 

Search on...

 

:)



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Posted 10 August 2016 - 01:51 AM

Yep :)



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Posted 10 August 2016 - 08:27 AM

Download Imgburn. To avoid the OpenCandy offers you can extract all the files required to a separate folder using WinRaR or 7zip. 

 

Insert your disk then open Imgburn. Select Read. Under File System it will say if the disk is bootable.

 

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#6 abrogard

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Posted 10 August 2016 - 06:59 PM

I've had imageburn since I was a little lad.  And I didn't know that.  What a totally great thing.  Thanks a lot.

 

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Posted 10 August 2016 - 07:03 PM

Your Welcome, I hope it detects all your disks that are bootable.



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Posted 10 August 2016 - 08:16 PM

 It's doing fine right now.   Thanks again.  :)






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