DOS restore command & WinXP

April 27, 2005 at 20:21:28
Specs: win XP, Pentium 3 & 256MB RAM

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I have used the "backup" command in DOS version unknown, to backup some important files. Now I have a Windows XP Operating system and I want to "restore" this DOS data. What do I have to do in order to restore this data??

Are there any DOS emulators for windows XP that can execute the DOS "Restore" command? Or do I have to install a version of DOS in order to restore these files?? And if I have to install DOS, is there a way to do this, maybe through a "boot manager", where I can install and boot up dos without formating Win XP??

Please advise. Links to emulators or DOS bootdisk creators desired. I do have DOS versions 6.22 and 7.

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April 27, 2005 at 20:54:37

AFAIK, M$ Backup & Restore are DOS version specific - first thing you'll need to do is determine which yours is.

Older versions and some info can befound at the Powerload DOS page

DOS is an actual operating system, so, unless you wish to undertake multibooting, you just don't install it onto another OS.

Might be able to use a bootdisk - - you haven't specified where or on what these forgotten backups exist - DOS is not compatible with NTFS partitions - older DOS was FAT16 compatible, 'Windows DOS' (9x - ME) could use FAT32

To do what you want will require no small amount of effort and research - might be further ahead to use an old DOS machine for your purposes (much simpler anyways)

This is probably not the best place to ask about DOS emulation (DOS users have no need)

Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former.

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April 27, 2005 at 23:55:51

Thanks foy your comments.

To clarify:

1. These backups are on floppy disks
2. I believe that the DOS version is 5.0, but I can't be sure about this.
3. I don't have access to this (DOS 5) operating system.
4. The DOS machine's hard drive that I would use, is so old that the HD has corruption.
5. I don't know anyone with a DOS Machine at this momment.

So what your telling me is that I MUST have the original DOS version or else the restore won't work on the backup files? Also, to clarify is the Backup command a way for DOS to compress the files? Anyway, Emulators are out of the question, right? So my only course of action is to:
1. Create a DOS Bootdisk.
2. Reformat my C: drive to FAT files system.
3. Install DOS version ? (Which one?)
4. Restore the files from my floppy disks.
5. Either put the restored files back onto floppy disks,
Or just leave them on the hard drive, then reinstall Windows XP, and from XP, transfer the files to a USB Mass storage device, or something like that?

Thanks for your initial response.

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April 28, 2005 at 07:45:56

I can't say if 'emulators are out of the question' or not - my comment was meant to indicate that users of DOS don't generally have a whole lot of experience in that arena (why would they?)

You can likely just boot from a floppy - a bootdisk basically loads DOS (the Operating System) and requires no real installation. Once you're booted up, you can run whatever DOS program, although due to a certain quirk of DOS, you may occasionally have to reinsert the boot disk to allow the computer access to

It probably doesn't need to be as complicated as you seem to want to make it, but you will need the correct DOS version for your backups - to boot with, and that version of 'restore'

Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former.

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