How do I create a MEmtest disk? (RESOLVED)

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How do I create a MEmtest disk? (RESOLVED)

Postposted on Wed Jul 27, 2011 11:16 am

I want to create a Memtest disk to test my memory. Could someone walk me through the process of creating such a disk-CD-DVD. Also could you also include your recommendation of the software I should download to create the disk.
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Re: How do I create a MEmtest disk?

Postposted on Wed Jul 27, 2011 12:01 pm

Go to http://www.memtest.org/ and click on the Download (Pre-built & ISOs) link.

Chose your poison from the list of available options (CD / USB)

???

Profit!
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Re: How do I create a MEmtest disk?

Postposted on Wed Jul 27, 2011 1:28 pm

Download and unzip: http://memtest.org/download/4.20/memtes ... 20.iso.zip
Install and run ImgBurn to burn the ISO to CD/DVD: http://www.imgburn.com
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Re: How do I create a MEmtest disk?

Postposted on Wed Jul 27, 2011 2:28 pm

Yep, works great from the USB! Love it and thanks. Profit!
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Re: How do I create a MEmtest disk?

Postposted on Thu Jul 28, 2011 3:40 pm

nerdrage wrote:Download and unzip: http://memtest.org/download/4.20/memtes ... 20.iso.zip
Install and run ImgBurn to burn the ISO to CD/DVD: http://www.imgburn.com






How do I burn memtest as an ISO? I unzipped memtest and got mt420, a zip file, when I opened mt420 with winzip it shows boot CAT, MEMTEST.IMG and a read me file. Do I want to just burn mt420 to the disk or do I have to copy the files and then burn them to disk? I have downloaded imageburn but what do I do now? If you could lay out the steps in noob form that would be very helpful, thank you.

I burned mt420 to a cd using imageburn, it says it is bootable, this is it right?
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Re: How do I create a MEmtest disk?

Postposted on Thu Jul 28, 2011 4:15 pm

A little background on CD-ROMs might help. CDs follow a particular format, where certain areas are reserved for boot code, other areas for a table of contents, and the rest for data blocks. When you burn an ordinary data CD-ROM, you give the burner software a list of files, and the software constructs all of that for you. In other words, it builds an image of the CD that has a table of contents that says that a file named XYZ exists on blocks n-m, file ABC uses another bunch of blocks, etc. Then that image is burned to the CD. Figuring out what goes where on the disk is called 'mastering'.

A disk image is a block-by-block copy of a disk, already mastered for you. The filesystem used for data CD_ROMs is defined by a standard named ISO-9660, so files containing CD images are often given an extension of ISO. Audio CDs use a different layout, and DVDs yet another. For that reason, some prefer the more generic extension IMG, because you can make an image of a disk no matter what the filesystem is. All ISO files are image files.

You need to tell the burning software that you are burning an image, not mastering a data disk. If you don't, it will master a new image that contains the other image as a data file, and it won't be bootable. That's why ImgBurn was suggested; it's designed to burn images. The burner software that came with your computer may or may not support easily burning images. The ability is there; copying a disk is making an image, but the user interface may not let you specify a file instead of a drive as the source or destination.

TL;DR version: Burning a pre-mastered image is not the same as burning a data disk.
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Re: How do I create a MEmtest disk?

Postposted on Sat Jul 30, 2011 2:24 am

RAMBO wrote:
nerdrage wrote:Download and unzip: http://memtest.org/download/4.20/memtes ... 20.iso.zip
Install and run ImgBurn to burn the ISO to CD/DVD: http://www.imgburn.com

How do I burn memtest as an ISO? I unzipped memtest and got mt420, a zip file, when I opened mt420 with winzip it shows boot CAT, MEMTEST.IMG and a read me file. Do I want to just burn mt420 to the disk or do I have to copy the files and then burn them to disk? I have downloaded imageburn but what do I do now? If you could lay out the steps in noob form that would be very helpful, thank you.

I burned mt420 to a cd using imageburn, it says it is bootable, this is it right?

When you unzipped are you sure you get mt420.zip? Or mt420.iso? Using the link nerdrage listed you should be getting the correct one. Then use the following guide:
http://forum.imgburn.com/index.php?showtopic=61
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