How to Burn a Bootable Version of an FDISK CD for Windows

by Dan Howard

FDISK is a Microsoft system utility that can be used to prepare a hard drive prior to operating system installation. FDISK first creates a disk partition and then sets up file system parameters on the drive. If you need to partition a new computer, or repartition a hard drive that has been corrupted, you can create a CD that can boot to a command prompt so that you can run the FDISK utility.


Download a copy of the FDISK utility, along with the necessary software for booting to a CD (see Resources). The required files are packaged in a self-extracting EXE executable file.


Navigate Windows Explorer to the folder on your hard drive that the EXE file was downloaded to.


Double-click the EXE file and follow the on-screen prompts to extract the FDISK program and boot software to your computer's hard drive.


Insert a blank CD-R or DVD-R disk into your computer's CD or DVD drive.


Navigate Windows Explorer to the folder that contains the extracted FDISK files.


Highlight the extracted files and right-click on them. Select "Send to" and "DVD RW drive D:", or whichever drive corresponds to your CD or DVD drive. Windows will burn a CD that can be used to boot to a common prompt and partition your hard drive using the FDISK utility.

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Dan Howard is a sports and fitness aficionado who holds a master's degree in psychology. Howard's postgraduate research on the brain and learning has appeared in several academic books and peer-reviewed psychology journals.

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