What can Bootword do?
Bootword provides simple and easy-to-use interface for managing
contents of small area located on every floppy disk and is hidden
for commonly used software. When saving data to this area
disk's functionality is not altered in any way. It has still
size 1.44MB (with no bad sectors), one can copy, delete and do
other operations with files and folders like before.
Hidden area's size is about 400 B so it can serve for storing
telephone numbers, e-mail addreses, passwords and other personal
data or short texts.
How does it work?
Floppy disk consists of sectors. First one has special name - boot
sector. It contains 512 bytes of information about floppy disk itself
and so called bootstrap routine. If there is floppy disk in mechanics
when the computer is starting, BIOS executes this routine which causes
operating system to start. If you are sure you won't boot from floppy
disk, bootstrap routine can be omitted. This will free 438 bytes used
by Bootword to store characters and data.
In case of unintentional boot from floppy disk used
by Bootowrd you'll see only black screen and system will freeze.
This can be improved by displaying the well known message:
Invalid system disk
Replace the disk and then press any key
However space for Bootword will be reduced to 347 bytes.
How safe stored data are?
Data saved with Bootword can be seen only when using software
for displaying floppy disk's raw contents sector by sector. On that
account they are encoded and access is controlled with password.
Files and directories located on floppy disk
stay unaltered and can be managed in the same way as before.
||Saved data can be destroyed
when floppy disk is formatted
when using disk utilities like ScanDisk or Norton
when boot sector is physically damaged
Bootword was successfully tested on Windows 95/98/ME, Windows NT 4.0 and
Windows 2000. It hasn't been tested on Windows XP yet. However, as
Windows XP extends Windows 2000, there shouldn't be any problems when
running on this platform.
Windows NT/2000/XP: You must
have administrative rights to allow Bootword access floppy disk
with low-level functions.
Licence & Liability
Bootword is freeware. That is you can distribute and use it for
your personal use or in commercial sphere for free.
Bootword developement is aimed to ensure its correct functionallity
on the most versions of Windows operating system. It was succesfully
tested on Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows Me, Windows NT 4.0,
Windows 2000. However this is not a guarantee that Bootword is bug-free
and that it will run correctly in any (even tested) environment.
Bootword is supplied "as-is", with no warranties expressed or implied.
Petr Havlicek will not be liable for damage or loss of any kind
while using or misusing this software. Installing and using Bootword signifies
acceptance of this.