I need advice on both the INSTALL and USE of FreeDOS.
I have been running from the ISO after booting from GRUB (the "Live" version)
within VMware Player (on Vista host), and I am wondering if this is the best
to do it (no persistence). I would like it to run utilities, like
disk/filesystem checking on other partitions and devices, and perhaps more
complex software, maybe even games.
I have some questions about using FreeDOS on a multipartitioned UFD (USB
* The FreeDOS ISO is located on a 2 GB UFD device in a FAT(16) partition
(total partition size 250 MB). This partition contains the GRUB loader/files,
by the way.
* The other 1.7 GB of the UFD is a FAT(16) with BartPE installed; it used to
boot, but in creating the 250 MB partition (using Gparted) and installing
I get a 0x7B processor halt blue screen which probably means that BartPE does
not know where to get its driver (but I suppose that is a question for
* The FAT(16) fs format seems reasonable since no partition bumps up against
the 2 GB limit of this fs type, and it makes the partition readable to many
1. It is better if I have FreeDOS actually installed instead of running from
2. If the answer to #1 is yes, how would you recommend installing FreeDOS to a
partition on the UFD? I have Vista as a primary work system for me, and I have
installed the Hitachi Microdrive driver that permits Vista to see mount all
Vista-compatible partitions on a single UFD device.
3. What should be the partition type if not FAT16, and what should be the size
of it, if not 250 MB? At this moment, I can resize the FreeDOS partition
there is much free space and no user data.
4. I know that MS-DOS-derived/based disk operating systems (like FreeDOS) have
the limitation of NOT recognizing multiple partitions on a single physical
storage device (HDD, UFD). But does FreeDOS not subject itself to that
limitation? Or is there a utility run in FreeDOS that gets around that
5. Please show me a link to web document that explains how to expand the
usefulness of FreeDOS, including archives where software running on it might
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