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 BOOTICE: a boot sector manipulation utility [v0.78 released!]
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post Sep 8 2009, 10:03 AM
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Hello everyone! I'm glad to introduce you this utility to modify or backup/restore your MBR(Master Boot Record) or PBR(Partition Boot Record), it's name is BOOTICE. Wish you like it.

With BOOTICE, you can easily change your MBR/PBR to another type. Supported boot records are: Grub4DOS, SysLinux, PLoP Boot Manager, MS NT52/60, .... For example, with this utility, you can install Grub4DOS to your MBR or PBR, install NTLDR or BOOTMGR to your PBR, install SYSLINUX to PBR, install the MS-DOS boot record to your PBR, and so on.

And, BOOTICE allows you to rename the boot file, e.g., you can rename Grub4DOS's boot file from "grldr" to "ggldr", NTLDR boot record's boot file, from "NTLDR" to "SMLDR" or sth. else you like.

It also has the ability to re-partition and format your flash disk drive. You can even seperate your flash disk to 2 partitions(only 1 is accessible in Windows, the other one is hidden for private data or boot images). And another useful function is to backup or restore your MBR/PBR of your disk.

v0.78 Download: http://www.ipauly.com/bootice/bootice_0.78.rar or http://filebeam.com/705f7759b2a182dfdc53a8cbdcebbe36 (thank maanu for sharing)

Old versionv (0.75): Attached File  BOOTICE_0.75.rar ( 99.56K ) Number of downloads: 422


What's new:

2010-05-12 v0.78:
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1. Upgrade Grub4DOS(grldr.mbr) to 0.4.5b 2010-05-03;
2. Upgrade SYSLINUX to 3.86 2010-04-01;
3. Upgrade PLoP Boot Manager to 5.0.10 2010-01-01;
4. Ex2/3/4 recognize problem fixed;
5. Add "EISA hide" function: change the ID of a partition to 0x12;
6. Operation of the boot sector of a .img/.ima file available.

2010-03-01 v0.76:
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1. Upgrade Grub4Dos grldr.mbr to 0.4.5a 2010-1-8;
2. Upgrade SYSLINUX to 3.85 2010-2-20;
3. Upgrade PLoP Boot Manager to 5.0.8 2010-1-18;
4. Add big-sector (2K, 4K) disks support;

2009-11-24:
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1. in the last version, when install NTLDR PBR through commandline, the last char of /boot_file parameter will be trimmed, this bug is now fixed;
2. the current label of a USB-FDD will be read out correctly now.

2009-11-12:
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1. Add commandline parameters support! Press F1 at the main screen or run bootice /? to view supported commandline parameters. For example, "bootice /device=f: /pbr /install /type=grub4dos /boot_file=NTLDR" will install grub4dos onto F:, and GRLDR name will be renamed to NTLDR;
2. MS NT 5.x MBR come back!
3. USB-FDD, USB-ZIP, USB-HDD (up to 4 partitions supported) formatting supported now;
4. when unhide a partition, a drive letter will be assigned to it, and when hide a partition, it's drive letter will be removed.
Attached File(s)
Attached File  MBR.gif ( 42.71K ) Number of downloads: 1021
Attached File  PBR.gif ( 44.38K ) Number of downloads: 708
Attached File  Grub4Dos.gif ( 45.34K ) Number of downloads: 619
Attached File  Format_1.gif ( 40.64K ) Number of downloads: 508
Attached File  Format_2.gif ( 28.6K ) Number of downloads: 433
Attached File  BOOTMGR.gif ( 20.01K ) Number of downloads: 361
Attached File  eng_main.gif ( 15.39K ) Number of downloads: 122
 


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post Sep 8 2009, 10:48 AM
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finally u made ur trip to bootland . but i must insist u to stay . it is very nice place even more then wuyou .

thank u so much once again for keeping my request of an english version of ur excellent utility .
and i sincerely welcome u my friend to bootland .

@ Sir Jaclaz

i hope u remember ,thats what i was talking about clap.gif
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post Sep 8 2009, 12:01 PM
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QUOTE (maanu @ Sep 8 2009, 11:48 AM) *
finally u made ur trip to bootland . but i must insist u to stay . it is very nice place even more then wuyou .

thank u so much once again for keeping my request of an english version of ur excellent utility .
and i sincerely welcome u my friend to bootland .


Yeah, it's a great place to study boot technologies. biggrin.gif
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post Sep 8 2009, 12:03 PM
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It seems like a nice tool. thumbsup.gif

Welcome to boot-land Pauly. smile.gif

One question, if I may.

From the screenshots it seems like the grub4dos and Syslinux are "embedded" in the app, or am I mistaken?

Since both apps are frequently updated, it would be a nice feature in next release to add the possibility of using an external file for getting from a later version the grub4dos MBR or the Syslinux PBR.

Or, viceversa, there are some cases where it might be needed to revert to an older version.

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post Sep 8 2009, 12:12 PM
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QUOTE (jaclaz @ Sep 8 2009, 12:03 PM) *
One question, if I may.

From the screenshots it seems like the grub4dos and Syslinux are "embedded" in the app, or am I mistaken?

Since both apps are frequently updated, it would be a nice feature in next release to add the possibility of using an external file for getting from a later version the grub4dos MBR or the Syslinux PBR.

Or, viceversa, there are some cases where it might be needed to revert to an older version.

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jaclaz


no .u'r not . bt AFAIK only mbr files is embedded in it . we have to copy grldr manually to usb or hdd.

pauly updates it whenever new G4D or syslinux version out .thats what he has been doing i guess .

bt yes this can be a great feature to use external files .

@ Pauly
we already have this function in fbinst gui (fbinst tool )
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post Sep 8 2009, 12:36 PM
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QUOTE (jaclaz @ Sep 8 2009, 01:03 PM) *
From the screenshots it seems like the grub4dos and Syslinux are "embedded" in the app, or am I mistaken?

Since both apps are frequently updated, it would be a nice feature in next release to add the possibility of using an external file for getting from a later version the grub4dos MBR or the Syslinux PBR.


Yes, both grldr.mbr and ldlinux.bin are embedded in the app, but however, BOOTICE support reading external grldr.mbr and ldlinux.bin too. For example, if a file named grldr.mbr is in the same dir, BOOTICE will check this file, and if this check passes, it will use the external grldr.mbr file rather than the internal one.

The same mechanism to SYSLINUX, if a file named ldlinux.bin is in the same dir, it will be used.
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post Sep 8 2009, 12:39 PM
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Very clever solution! thumbup.gif thumbup.gif thumbup.gif

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post Sep 8 2009, 01:07 PM
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QUOTE (Pauly @ Sep 8 2009, 02:36 PM) *
Yes, both grldr.mbr and ldlinux.bin are embedded in the app, but however, BOOTICE support reading external grldr.mbr and ldlinux.bin too. For example, if a file named grldr.mbr is in the same dir, BOOTICE will check this file, and if this check passes, it will use the external grldr.mbr file rather than the internal one.

The same mechanism to SYSLINUX, if a file named ldlinux.bin is in the same dir, it will be used.


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P.S.:
@maanu
you might have missed this:
http://www.boot-land.net/forums/index.php?showtopic=8958
http://www.boot-land.net/forums/index.php?...c=8958&st=2
I MEAN it. WRITE IN ENGLISH, please, avoid abbreviations!


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post Sep 11 2009, 12:31 PM
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This is a great tool. Thanks a lot.

I search long for an alternative of bootsect.exe, I think I just found something much better. hyper.gif

Would you like to give it a commandline for updating the PBR and it's respective MBR?

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post Sep 11 2009, 04:15 PM
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Sorry, there's no commandline version now. smile.gif
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