how to be able to use hd c from dos 6.2 op system

February 11, 2012 at 07:15:13
Specs: Windows XP
have dos 6.2 floppy disk. How can I get it to acknowledge a hd or usb?


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#1
February 11, 2012 at 07:48:47
Boot into DOS.
At the DOS prompt, type C:
Press <Enter>

DOS not support USB devices so you cannot access any USB device in DOS.
For USB support you need Windows XP or later.


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#2
February 11, 2012 at 09:53:16
You can't access modern hard drives by booting a MS DOS 6.22 floppy since DOS natively doesn't support NTFS or FAT32 file systems used to manage volumes with size greater than 2 GBytes. Googling you can easily find special drivers to allow DOS to access NTFS but they eat large conventional memory and anyway there is the problem of file names longer than 8 characters or with embedded spaces (LFN vs legacy 8.3 format). Quite the same for USB devices, you can get DOS drivers to enable them, but name's problem remains.

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#3
February 11, 2012 at 12:23:04
MS-DOS6.22 was pensioned of 17 years ago with the arrival of Windows 4.x (aka W95), therefore it is severely limited re: hardware post 1995.

Linux would be a better option......

Googling is quicker than waiting for an answer....


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#4
February 11, 2012 at 19:04:45
Post specs and history/prior OS usage of the hard drive.

Dos USB support is kind of iffy but you can check at bootdisk.com for some ideas.


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