Rdisk | NT 4.0 | Disaster Recovery |
Rdisk is the NT utility which creates the Emergency Rescue Disk. You WILL need this disk if you ever have a problem which needs to have the NT installation repaired. Make one, now, and keep it refreshed each time you make changes to the system.
Create a Floppy Disk
Normally you create a 3.5" floppy disk using the Rdisk program, which will have important system information needed during NT system repairs. When changes are made, you should 'refresh' the disk you originally created so that any needed 'new' information is added on to the disk.
Both Creating and Refreshing are done using the Rdisk program, you just select a different option.
To create the "Emergency Repair Disk" click on Start, the select Run from the pop-up menu.
type in the text box Rdisk and press enter.
When the above window opens, simply click the "Create Repair Disk" and follow the instructions by placing a 3.5" floppy disk into the drive and pressing OK to continue.
After you make changes to your system (like adding programs, or new hardware) run the Rdisk program again and this time select "Update Repair Info".
The disk you create can NOT be used on other NT server computers. It is specifically made for the machine on which it was created. If you have several NT 4.0 servers, made a disk for each, file the disk in a safe place, make a second disk and if you have to, tape a plastic disk jacket to the side of the unit and drop the disk in the jacket so that it always travels with the computer.
Save to the Hard Drive
For added safety, you can also go into a DOS command prompt and use the /S option with the Rdisk
Rdisk /S <enter>
This will create an image of the repair information on the hard drive in the "...\WinNT\REPAIR" folder.
The information can be used in place of the floppy disk when trying to fix the operating system, by answering the prompt for a floppy with NO and allowing the program to search and find the repair information.
You should also copy the contents of the REPAIR folder into another media for off-system backup. A Zip disk on another computer would work out real well.
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