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Hard Drive 2 Hard drive in dos 6.22 & Win 3.1

January 14, 2011 at 06:49:35
Specs: Win 3.1 - Dos 6.22, small and old 8.5 i think
I run my old dos based accounting system BPI Accouting 5.0 on 6.22 dos and Win 3.1(no internet on these computers) Only a floppy drive. I try to keep 2 computers up to date in case of problems. One computer is giving me problems so I've bought a new/used one, as I've done many times, formatted hard drive, loaded the dos 6.22, then windows, then the dos accounting program and configured msbackup, the program I always use to backup and restore between the computers. Well, for some reason I cannot get the newer computer to see the catalog on the last disk of the backup (this has never happened before and I've tried numerous backups with same problem) so I can't get my accounting info to the new computer. I'm ONLY trying to get the accounting info on the newer computer. The win 3.1 program I have to do basic stuff and there's no info on there I need to move or save to new computer. So, I was thinking I can remove the hard drive from the newer computer that already has all the core programs loaded on it, hook it into the old computer IDE cable, and load my accounting info files directly from old drive to the newer one with some magical letters at the c:\. I'm won't say I'm computer ignorant, but not smart either. I know just enough to get me into trouble. So, any help/advise would be greatly appreciated. PS - now if you could give me some advice on how the get "Msbackup" to read my catalog in restore mode, I would go that route instead.


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January 15, 2011 at 03:41:03
If you're just trying to "clone" the drive, and assuming your "old" machine can identify the "new" hard drive properly, you may be able to get away cloning by using the XCOPY command in DOS. First make sure the amount of data you're copying doesn't exceed the capacity of the "new" drive. After FDISKing and formatting the "new" drive in the old machine, invoke the following command from the "new" drive (assuming it's setup as D: and assuming I remember correctly):

xcopy c:\*.* /a /e /h /k /i

You may want to check Computer Hope's help page on XCOPY to verify:

There was also a program at one time called "XXCOPY" though I remember it being for a Win9x system (could be wrong)

As far as your old backup is concerned, if the floppy disk that the catalog file is on has somehow become defective or unreadable (a likely culprit-especially if they've been sitting for a while or frequently used), then the backup is pretty much useless. MSBACKUP has to know what files are on which disks in the backup set and without the catalog file, it can't figure that out...

"Channeling the spirit of jboy..."

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April 25, 2011 at 09:37:35
You can use Xcopy, but if you are transferring extremely important data such as your accounting data, and the last disk is damaged (most likely why it won't read), add to that the fact that you say you aren't very computer literate, and I would reccomend using a clone program with a more user friendly interface, perhaps an older version of Norton Ghost (my favorite, but there are others), you should be able to pick up very cheaply on ebay. You can use Xcopy, which is one of the most powerful dos commands - but if you go this route, make sure you get the parameters correct, i can't stress that enough.

Matthew R. Keegan
Computer Network Specialist +
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