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Hi!
How can I create a program that can write the boot sector with C++!
I have tried this:

#include <sys/types.h> /* unistd.h needs this */
#include <unistd.h> /* contains read/write */
#include <fcntl.h>
#include <stdio.h>
#include <iostream>
#include <fstream>

using namespace std;

int main()
{
char boot_buf[512];
int hdd_image, boot_image;

/*boot_image = open("boot.img", O_RDONLY);
read(boot_image, boot_buf, 510);
close(boot_image);*/

fstream img("boot.img", ios::in | ios::binary);
img.read((char*)boot_buf, 510);
img.close();

boot_buf[510] = 0x55;
boot_buf[511] = 0xaa;

hdd_image = open("/dev/hd1", O_RDWR);
if(hdd_image == -1) cout<<"Error!"<<endl;
lseek(hdd_image, 512, SEEK_CUR);
write(hdd_image, boot_buf, 512);
close(hdd_image);
}

What's wrong? I have a virtual machine with a virtual driver Z: and I want to write its first sector (boot sector)! How can I do this? 10x a lot!

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Messing with the boot sector is a massive no-no under basically all modern operating systems and BIOS implementations. Chances are you're running into security issues.


There are virtually no legitimate uses for modifying the boot sector. I can only imagine that you're trying to do something unpleasant here, which I don't really think GDNet needs to help you with.

Of course, on the off chance that I'm mistaken and you do have a reasonable need to know this, feel free to PM me and explain your situation, and I'll re-open the thread.

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