BootCD
BootCD
0.6.4.1

4.4

BootCD free download for Mac

BootCD0.6.4.1

21 May 2007

Create bootable OS X CDs.

Overview

BootCD is a utility to make bootable OS X CD's with your choice of applications on them.

What's new in BootCD

Version 0.6.4.1:
  • Hopefully fixes a problem with 10.3.9
  • As of v0.6.4.1, BootCD has been officially retired and is no longer supported by its developer.

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78 Reviews of BootCD

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07 October 2002
Version: 0.5

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Well, I tried 0.3 and now 0.5. Still no success. I get to the login screen and it just hanges forever. I burned it with toast and Disk Copy. Both got me to the same place. I tried this on a clean install of Jag. on a 667 titanium. I think this SW could be great and I would like to see it work!
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Raveng4
24 May 2007
Version: 0.6.4.1
It's ashame to see this great App go. Thanks for developing it Charles.
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4.25
Ddavidmullin
04 July 2006
Version: 0.6.4
This tool Rescued a Downed Mac, but it's a lousy way to back up a Hard drive, with most of the CD space taken up by the OS X, OS X took up 500-600MB of that CD space leaving 100-200 MB of space left.
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Pleomax
19 June 2006
Version: 0.6.4
I have found the Jaguar Boot CD maker a very useful utility, try and make it on a fairly new computer if at all possible as this takes much less time than on an old one. I reccomend you set as high a ramdisk as you can (use your discresion) regarding the amount of ram you have available as this will become useful for running the apps placed on the CD on creation. Bear in mind it will take a very long time to boot from an optical drive, especially on an iBook, mac mini or G3 or G5 imac (anything with a slot-drive). The superdrive in the eMac takes a while to load it. You may get confused with adding applications, don't be, it will propt you (the icon will jump on the dock) to add your apps and you can select them one by one and pressing the open button, again, once it has added the first one, it will prompt for the second and so on, remember you can use a USB or firewire device with apps preloaded if you wish whilst it is booted. This is a much better option as CDs only have 700mb storage
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Anonymous
09 October 2005
Version: 0.6.4
Tiger version would be nice!
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Anonymous
30 September 2005
Version: 0.6.4
When can we have the Tiger version? I want it very badly...
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Anonymous
26 August 2005
Version: 0.6.4
Help the developer beta test BootCD for Tiger: http://forums.macnn.com/showthread.php?t=266681
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Anonymous
18 June 2005
Version: 0.6.4
This worked great! And so easy to use. I made a CD with DiskUtility, DiskWarrior, CarbonCopyCloner and some other maintenance tools. And it helped me keep our Macs clean and in good shape. Thanks!
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4.75
Anonymous
08 May 2005
Version: 0.6.4
This is a brilliant programme. I have had no trouble with it ever in Panther. Takes a while but who cares, the end result is a bootable CD with any application on it you like. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE can we have a version that works on Tiger. I'm desperate.
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4.5
Anonymous
01 May 2005
Version: 0.6.4
Worked well for me. Like the author said, it doesn't work with apps like Norton which has files all over the system, but it works well with Disk Utility and TechTool Pro 4.0.4 and those two apps give you just about any test and repair function you'd want. I was able to test and repair my OSX system with those two. What do you want for free?
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Anonymous
22 April 2005
Version: 0.6.4
Brilliant. A little slow, but it does exactly what it says on the tin. You can add any applications that currently reside on your hard drive, and run them from the CD, and they work! Well done to the developer. 10.3.9 on a Pismo.
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5
Anonymous
19 April 2005
Version: 0.6.3
I always had to get help from friend's G3s to run Diskwarrior in target disk mode to run it on my G4 AI powerbook, until reading another review below and trying BootCD - worked a treat so now I've full independence again. Just make sure to read the running instructions (eg. burn using Disk utility). Superb results - highly recommended.
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Anonymous
12 April 2005
Version: 0.6.1
How about support for DVDs.
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Petr1
31 January 2005
Version: 0.6.1
cool, great, free. what else can one wish?
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5
Anonymous
27 January 2005
Version: 0.6.1
BootCD is the best. What more can I say. Thanks, CharlesSoft
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DB
26 January 2005
Version: 0.6.1
Excellent! I just created a customized Boot CD for my PowerBook G4 with no problems. The application is very intuitive by itself and the instructions are very helpful in answering any questions. My DiskWarrior CD is up-to-date but will not boot this newer Mac. A paid upgrade would provide a new CD but BootCD provides for a more elegant solution by pulling the resources from the harddisk and by allowing to add custom apps. Needless to say the same $ amount will instead go as a donation to this creative developer!
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Rob Odell
30 December 2004
Version: 0.6
I created boot disks for my iMac G4 flat panel and iBook G4. That part went fine. I successfully ran Drive 10 on the iBook, which was my original goal. When it came time to restart the iBook, no go. I did a force shut down and discovered that the Apple menu restart and shut down options did not work at all. Then, to my horror, I found that the exact same thing happened to my iMac, and I didn't even use the boot disk. Just creating the boot disk resulted in the same problem as on the iBook. I have been emailing the developer for a day now but have not hear back. I have done all kinds of fix attempts, including running Cocktail, Disk Repair, Drive 10 (including surface scan) fsck, logging on with a different account, trashing preferences, resetting PRAM and NVRAM
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2.5
Anonymous
22 December 2004
Version: 0.6
I work in an environment with a large number of older iMacs. This program only works on about 25% of them.
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5
Diana1
20 November 2004
Version: 0.6
The best, and the support is wonderful. This is a free software!
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Diana1
18 November 2004
Version: 0.6
When I try to make a bootable CD (add TTPro) and then try to burn it in Toast, it says it can't because the file "master.passwd" could not be accessed. Any suggestions? G5, latest Panther, latest Toast.
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4.75
Anonymous
13 November 2004
Version: 0.6
Awesome utility, makes creating a bootable OS X cd a breeze, now I can have iPartition and Diskwarrior living together. It would be nice to have some way to install Norton Utilities to the disc as it comes in handy at times for file recovery. The Norton Utils package tends to be a painful experience if installed to OS X so if this could be figured out it would be fantastic, even if it required installing NU to a working MacOS X, cause I could always install a second OS X to another volume along with NU, make the CD from that and then delete it.. As it is I still highly recommend this tool, it's a total life saver.
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5
Tony Aguila
29 August 2004
Version: 0.6
I decided to give this a try as I was getting ready to order a bootable DiskWarrior CD. I created the image and burned the CD on a dual 2GHz G5, OS X 10.3.5. The pleasant surprise here is that I use a customized Dvorak keyboard layout and it even loaded it onto the disk image. Afterwards I tried the boot CD on my new 15" PowerBook and it worked there as well. I cannot praise this elegant piece of software more, and I sent a donation for the amount of what I would have paid for the DiskWarrior CD.
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Anonymous
23 August 2004
Version: 0.6
Thank for this good application!!. It really works without trouble. Keep it up with the good work!!
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5
garbage
27 July 2004
Version: 0.6
Bloody brilliant! Saves hours of stuffing about. I was able to make a boot cd for my new powermac & add diskwarrior with a few clicks & zero knowledge. (why is it so hard to find out this info?) Donation on it's way!
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5
Anonymous
01 July 2004
Version: 0.6
I needed to make a bootable OSX CD in order to rescue a crashed computer. Having previously created bootable CD's with OS9 I thought it would be just as easy with OSX. Not without BootCD it wouldn't have been. It was very easy to use and the CD created with it worked wonderfully. I'm now using the previously downed computer to write this e-mail. Thank you so much for creating this very helpful program! A lifesaver!
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Anonymous
13 June 2004
Version: 0.6
I wonder if you can make a boot cd with xpostfacto for the unsupported machines that would rule
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5
Anonymous
06 June 2004
Version: 0.6
SIMPLY THE BEST! Thanks to the developer for a hard work!
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4.5
Anonymous
30 May 2004
Version: 0.6
Excellent app. Ok booting is slow but it does what it says.
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4.25
Anonymous
29 May 2004
Version: 0.6
This app rocks, while placing TechTool Pro 4, Drive 10 and DiskWarrior at one bootable CD I always know that my system will be up. When I'm travelling with my PowerBook and doing mission critical stuff it is good for me to know that one CD might save my day. Before I needed to travel around with three cd's (one for each app) but now I've got everything on one CD-RW. And the best of it all, I can simply rewrite anything on the CD when for example I need one more app or one app is updated. The only bad thing about this app is time, it takes time to boot and it takes time to do everything. So I'll wish it could be a bit faster. However with exception of that, this app ROCKS
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Anonymous
28 May 2004
Version: 0.6
This is huge, this freeware rules. Apple must thanks its creator, buy it and add it to OS X. There are so many great freewares in OS X :-)
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5
Georgie1
27 May 2004
Version: 0.6
Nice app. The cd I burned starts up very slow. That's the only crazy thing.
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4.75
Anonymous
27 May 2004
Version: 0.6
Works. ;-) An OSX 10.3.3 bootable CD Added Diskwarrior 3.01 + Drive 10 1.1.5 No problems repairing/optimising OSX on an internal as well as on a firewire drive. Booted from the internal CDRW/DVD drive as well as a liteOn 52X CDRW in a firewire case. Had to use the option key to reselect an internal disk to boot from. Start up disk on the CD got a bit 'confused' Great work by Charles.
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Anonymous
27 May 2004
Version: 0.6
Looks like a very useful little app. Is there any way this could be used along with XPostFacto to make a bootable disc for an unsupported machine? Running 10.3.4 on old ones and would love to have something for emergencies/maintenance.
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Piero-Giobbi
27 May 2004
Version: 0.6
Love it! Many thanks!!
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Anonymous
26 May 2004
Version: 0.54
Thank you!
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Anonymous
19 April 2004
Version: 0.54
Ok where's the new version for the new system?
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4.75
Anonymous
19 February 2004
Version: 0.54
I user bootCD with jaguar and it worked great. looking forward to seeing a panther version
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4.75
Anonymous
19 February 2004
Version: 0.54
Of BootCD 0.54 on PowerMac G4-867Mhz Mac)S 10.2.6: Very very usefull utility. Genius idea. Work propely. I ran Drive 10, DiskWarrio 3, Techtool Pro 4 on the same CD bootable. Only one Hic! certainly the waiting time to boot (15 minutes). I hope that the future version for OS10.3 will be better. Thank you very much to the author. Daniel Noel Montreal Canada
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4.25
Anonymous
01 January 2004
Version: 0.54
The Devoper has stated that this version (0.54) does NOT work with Panther, but he is working on a 10.3 compatable version.
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4.75
Anonymous
29 December 2003
Version: 0.54
I was wondering if you are going to release a new version that works on G5 with panther OS? I even tried to boot from TTP 4 CD but it did not work.BootCD always worked for me on my G4 and G3 .Looking forward for the new version.
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Jean-Claude
10 November 2003
Version: 0.54
Hello, I try to use BootCD with Panther and it does'nt work... It was working well under Jaguar. Is this version compatible wiyh Panther ? tank you, Cordially Jean-claude
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John
19 October 2003
Version: 0.54
Can't get this thing to work on my G4 800 Powerbook. Get to the login screen and it won't accept user 'root' password 'bootcd'. Root is enabled on my machine. ??? What to do? I'd love it if it worked!
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Randy Crawford
03 October 2003
Version: 0.54
This program totally saved my bacon! It worked perfectly and was very easy to use. I see remarks about the process being slow and it was I guess. I sure know that the time to complete the process was a fraction of all the other stuff I went through to try to recover before I tried this. Here's what my situation was. I had set the startup to System 9. Something went wrong and the system wouldn't start. I was stuck because it wouldn't automatically switch over to OS X. This gave me a way to get to the OS X desktop to reset the startup backup to the normal startup. Thanks Eric Young!
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4.25
Jeff7
03 September 2003
Version: 0.54
Have to add to my previous review that it does work fine. It's tricky (and a little slow) but it worked like a charm. Great app!
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Jeff7
03 September 2003
Version: 0.54
Never worked for me. Tried it back with 10.1 and it's still the same now. Guess I wanted a few more coasters...
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27 August 2003
Version: 0.54
Very slick utility. It worked like a charm but it requires patience. I like it !!!
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Anonymous
09 August 2003
Version: 0.54
Troubleshooting by Dave: odd.... i got it to work once (and yes, it did take a long time) and i logged in and ran Drive 10 to start defragging the HD. That's your problem: Drive 10-DANGER!!!
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5
Pedro Gomes da Silva
08 August 2003
Version: 0.54
It asved my file also, more than once. Thank you!
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5
Bdfu
08 August 2003
Version: 0.54
Wow! I get it to work ALL the time. Not a single glitch. I wish I could get the Norton Installer to recognize the image to install on, but that has nothing to do with this product - WHICH HAS ALREADY SAVED MY BUTT SEVERAL TIMES!
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mwl10
06 August 2003
Version: 0.53
I don't know what I'm doing wrong but I cannot get this to work. It creates the image ok but when I burn it in DiskCopy I get the login window and enter root as user and bootcd as password only to be returned to the login window. I have followed the directions and have also enabled the root user on the Mac to no avail. It would be a nice tool if I could get it to work. I also used Toast and that didn't work either.
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Dave
08 July 2003
Version: 0.53
odd.... i got it to work once (and yes, it did take a long time) and i logged in and ran Drive 10 to start defragging the HD. but i had to stop and take my TiBook with me somewhere, so i just logged out and removed the BootCD. came back a few days later and seemed to take even longer to boot off the CD and will NOT let me log in with any username and password (i tried root/bootcd, root and my root password, root/root, my username and my password). i need to finish defragging, but i dont understand at all why it wont work after doing it once.
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Anonymous
01 July 2003
Version: 0.53
Just a tip to the guy that said he had to hold the C key forever. You don't have to hold the C key to make your machine boot from the CD. If the CD has a valid system folder on it, just boot into the OS on your hard drive, open system preferences (or control panels in OS9) and change your startup disk to the system folder on your CD.
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Anonymous
10 June 2003
Version: 0.53
i couldn't use drive 10 cd (1.1.2) (for defragging) on my new powerbook somehow before i happened to find this nice program... it sure is SLOW (i need to hold the c-key for more than 10 minutes.... ) to boot, but now i can defrag my powerbook :) :) (b.t.w. i haven't enabled root) thank you very much!!
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4.75
Anonymous
20 May 2003
Version: 0.53
Takes a LONG time to create the CD, and a LONG time to boot from it - BUT ITS WORKS!!! I added Drive 10 and Diskwarrior 3 (+ a few others) to the image and can now use them all from one CD. Just wish the boot-time from the CD would be faster.
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Anonymous
17 May 2003
Version: 0.53
Has everyone tried making sure they have Root enabled before using this? I couldn't make it past the login screen until I tried enabling root. Now I have no problems with it. Slow, to be sure, but it's a great start!
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Leo of BORG
14 May 2003
Version: 0.53
I'm getting the same thing on a TiBook 15"... however on an older G4 500 the CD works fine. I'll e- the author about this and include your comment. TiBook 15, 1gigRam,Superdrive, 10.2.6
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Anonymous
07 May 2003
Version: 0.53
I was able to get to the login window -- typed in root ... bootcd. Then nothing. It just came back to the login window. I'm running a dual Gig G4. Any ideas as to what's wrong?
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3.75
Anonymous
20 March 2003
Version: 0.53
Well i managed to create i bootable CD with Drive 10 thrown in..It took about 10 mins to boot up on my G4 450 SP Drive 10 took about 1 hour to optimize my HD..all in all a success...shame about the speed but it did work
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5
Anonymous
14 March 2003
Version: 0.53
Best of breed. This utility makes an otherwise cumbersome process easy and (almost) foolproof. Another one of those applications I wouldn't want to be without. And it's FREE!
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4.25
KSHEP15
07 March 2003
Version: 0.53
I was very impressed with this software. It has done everything it claims to do. It took a bit of time to create the image (20 m')and more time to boot up from the created CD (30 m'), however, considering I was running off my iPod on a iMac(G3) this application worked exceptionally well. I have made 3 images, 2 of which created bootable CDs. Better directions could be used in the package. Specifically in the login section. ( root, bootcd ). oh yea it's free!
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Anonymous
27 February 2003
Version: 0.53
Together w/ Carbon Copy Cloner and Pacifist, this is part of a trio of indispensible programs for any owner of a Mac running OS X. It fills a major gap in the OS and OS X utilities - making a _really_ useful emergency boot CD. It worked for me, flawlessly, right out of the box (...er... , well, out of the .pkg ) . As a result I was able to immediately boot into a really usable system and effect some needed repairs. True, the CD does boot a bit slowly, but then again, this program was _free_. Apple should hire you. Or buy your product and pay you _BIG_ $ and include it in the system package. I guess they don't get what you see so clearly. Well done, Charles! You rock! (...& so does your software.)
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Anonymous
26 February 2003
Version: 0.53
Works great !! Great program !! I followed the instructions to the letter (except that I used Toast -- instead of Diskcopy to burn the image...) Actually, at the end of the instructions it says that sometimes Toast can be used to burn the image. I was not only able to create a boot disk, but I was also able to add Drive 10 v1.1.4 on the CD. I am optimizing my 80GB drive as I type this on a different PeeCee. I was using a 17" flat screen iMac. Note: Be sure to install BSD from the OSX install disks.
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Anonymous
08 February 2003
Version: 0.53
Where do you sign up for the "Emergency Boot CD" Coaster Club? Created the "CD" and attempted to boot from it. Well, after 25 minutes I had a blue screen and a moveable mouse pointer. Come on! I don't own the latest PowerMac, but it's still only a year old. Maybe, the secret is NOT to add any further apps other than the defaults.
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Anonymous
08 February 2003
Version: 0.53
Mark James: Please send me an e-mail (support at charlessoft dot com) with the exact error message you're getting. Depending on what the error is, I may be able to help you.
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4.5
Anonymous
07 February 2003
Version: 0.53
I should have read the reviews first. I tried for hours to figure out why my root password wouldn't work. Doh! It was just a fluke that I happend to type bootcd and presto...it works. Kinda slow booting but it was a piece of cake to create the CD.
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Anonymous
06 February 2003
Version: 0.53
I am NOT saying that this software is NO good for rest of you, but there is NO way, that we can burn CD from collected file. There is always something which stays in it's "way" to finnish job! Some error. I did even install new OS Jag latest version on formates HD, NO luck! Anybody knows why this happen?
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Anonymous
03 February 2003
Version: 0.53
toast will make a bootable cd . for all versions of OSES for mac. give it all 5s because it does what it says it will do. plus its free
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Anonymous
03 February 2003
Version: 0.53
You need to use root as the username and bootcd as the password. This is mentioned in the documentation.
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Anonymous
03 February 2003
Version: 0.53
works fine, burns fine, boots slow, and butns to a login window, put in my password, won't log in. ?? 0.5.3 OS 10.2.3 Dual 450 Mhz 1 GB RAM
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Anonymous
02 February 2003
Version: 0.52
This is a MOST EXCELLENT software package to create a CD to use when you can't get anything else to work. Remember when you had an emergency boot floppy disk to use whan all else failed in OS 9? BootCD will help you create a bootable CD to which you can add applications like Drive 10, so that you can repair and optimize any hard drive after booting from the CD. It takes a LONG time to boot, but once you get to the desktop, you can manipulate files and/or make repairs as needed!
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Anonymous
02 February 2003
Version: 0.52
BootCD requires that the BSD subsystem be installed. If you do not have the BSD subsystem, please install it from the OS X Install CD before running BootCD. Maybe that's your problem! ;)
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Gunner
26 January 2003
Version: 0.51
Tried twice to make bootable CD. Boots to solid blue screen, then nothing. Seems to need just a little more work.
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Anonymous
22 January 2003
Version: 0.5
Please post your OS versions all of you who failed and succeeded. It would be nice to know what setup to go with to get a perfect boot disk image, and then never change it :)
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Anonymous
23 December 2002
Version: 0.5
what a great program! it does take awhile to create the disk image but once it is done it is a pretty simple process, following the instructions, to add a utility such as "drive 10.1.2" and burn a cd using "disk copy". I selected the resulting "Emergency Boot CD" as the start-up disk in system preferences and it booted flawlessly.
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Anonymous
10 December 2002
Version: 0.5
Basically ended up with a few coasters before I trashed this thing. Tried using this before and it never worked.
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Anonymous
04 November 2002
Version: 0.5
Same here. Left with blue screen?????
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13 October 2002
Version: 0.5
I downloaded the programme. After I made an image as instructed, I burned a cd with disk copy. When I tried to boot from this new cd, it appears to start but after 15 minutes I am left with a blue screen and an occasional spinning beachball. Is there a way to proceed? I am using system 10.2.1. Cheers, GJH
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Fastmac
11 October 2002
Version: 0.5
I did what it told me and it did exactly what it said it would - made a bootable OS X CD containing my chosen applications. It is simply FANTASTIC!
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07 October 2002
Version: 0.5
Well, I tried 0.3 and now 0.5. Still no success. I get to the login screen and it just hanges forever. I burned it with toast and Disk Copy. Both got me to the same place. I tried this on a clean install of Jag. on a 667 titanium. I think this SW could be great and I would like to see it work!
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