have old notebook, bad floppy drive 3.5 need to use serial

July 8, 2020 at 09:50:08
Specs: ms dos 6.22
old notebook serial port transfer how to other newer laptop. I have a bad floppy drive and not cd drive. Want to get files off old ms dos. Can I get a serial 3.5 floppy to use on the serial port?
thanks joe

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#1
July 8, 2020 at 10:34:14
Think you mean Parallel port. Amazon resellers have them, but they aren't cheap. Through a serial port (or parallel port) you could use laplink to another pc. May be easier though just to remove the hard drive and attach it to another machine (preferably through a USB interface)...

"Channeling the spirit of jboy..."

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#2
July 8, 2020 at 13:41:00
Given more than a half-dozen different possible ways to get
the data off the 2.5" hard drive in my 1998 Dell notebook, the
one that finally worked for me was to remove the drive and
plug it into an IDE-to-USB adapter in my new computer.
I already had the adapter, made by Bytec. Several different
brands are out there. I was reluctant to use the Bytec adapter
because the instructions for plugging the power into it are
ambiguous. However, that external power isn't used on 2.5"
drives -- the USB power is all it needs -- so there was no
problem.

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis


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#3
July 8, 2020 at 14:53:18
The only drawback from using a USB interface is that occasionally (most likely with <504MB hard drives), the drive may be misidentified and data that appears to be copied is occasionally corrupted. Always verify anything that is copied...and never "move" the data. Instead copy, verify and then delete if needed. If something were to go wrong in the move process (even if the source drive is correctly identified), the data would likely be corrupted.

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#4
July 8, 2020 at 16:01:01
And never cut ‘n paste either, as on occasion with any OS and data, things can go awry during that method. A straight copy is always the wiser/safer method. Once the data is safe elsewhere (verified etc. ok) then you can delete the source if needs-be.

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#5
July 8, 2020 at 18:59:03
Not arguing over semantics, but a "cut & paste" is the same thing as a "move"...

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#6
July 9, 2020 at 03:21:17
Fair comment T-R-A.

I never thought of a move as a cut ‘n paste...

Probably ‘cos the “move” term came to me when doing my MSCE in ‘98 (NT 4 days), and in win2/3x and ‘95/98 apps the cut ‘n paste term was the usual phrasing...

Even now one learneth sumat gnu..., and the muddy waters clearerth a bit more...


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#7
July 9, 2020 at 09:01:56
thanks all, great comments. Will proceed.

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#8
July 9, 2020 at 09:22:09
What ports are available on that old computer to transfer the dos files? I used to use software called 'brooklyn bridge' to do that but I don't know where you'd find that now. There's also the dos commands interlnk and intersvr:

http://www.pcxt-micro.com/dos-inter...


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