how do i recognize a portable device in DOS

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May 15, 2012 at 20:16:38
Specs: Windows 7, T4400@2.20 GHz/4 Gig
When I run cmd.exe in Windows7, I can access files in C: and E: (External USB Storage Unit). I also have a Sony Walkman mp3 player, that is recognized by Windows Explorer as a Portable Device. How can I access the files on that portable device in DOS.

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May 16, 2012 at 01:57:23
To answer the question literally as asked, you would need to install MS-DOS 6.1. on your computer. Possible but very difficult on a computer running Windows 7.

Just to ble clear DOS = Disk Operating System, the Operating System the came with the original IPM PC in 1983.

A Windows 7 Command Prompt is a Windows 7 Command Prompt. It is not DOS.

Is this portable device not allocated a drive letter?

How do you this access device normally?


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May 16, 2012 at 02:38:35
When using pure DOS you have at least two problems which are insurmountable:

DOS cannot access NTFS partitions.

DOS cannot access plug-in USB devices except for basic vital hardware like keyboards and mice.

You should be able to access the files on your MP3 device by using Windows, provided you have installed the necessary driver from it's manufacturer if they have one.

Alternatively, Windows Media Player may be able to access it by clicking the "Sync" tab.

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