Power: Reactor Core
Engine: Hyperdrive Engines
Speed: Warp 9
Hello DAVEINCAPS, its good to hear from you,
"You can install dos, 9X and ME on a drive and move that drive to another computer..."
I didn't know that. Does this mean that the model of the two computers doesn't matter? So you would be able to switch between a Dell and a Compaq, for example?
"a problem because the cdrom wouldn't be recognized"
Yes, I remember this. This is what the mscdex01 was about?
"those OS's don't recognize external drives..."
I know that older Bios's don't recognize external drives. So your saying that in addition to the Bios, those OS's don't recognize them either? Interesting. I never knew that.
Yes, the "SYS X:" command, used as the command SYS c: for the destination to be drive c:? I have heard of this command and have tried to use it, but with no success. But now, thanks to you of course, I know how to use it: you have to have an OS in the CD drive!!! Wow, I never knew how to do that. Thanks alot. Is that command only applicable for OS's of ME and previous versions? And I didn't exactly know all that this command did, though it did hear that it somehow was used to restore your system. What would be the purpose of using this command? How could it help you? I mean, if you were ABLE to boot/use the CD drive, then why would you "need" to copy over the entire windows directory when an INSTALL would do the "exact" same thing AND complete the process. I doesn't make sense. If you are able to get to a command prompt, and you read the CD, all you have to do is type "setup" and presto alkazam, its done!!!
"Once a drive has been formatted all the previous file info has been removed and so there's nothing to undelete."
Interesting! It may have been a little confusing, because yes, there is ALSO an "undelete" command in the DOS prompt which also has a function. I knew about this command, but have never used it. But it is curious to note that a format destroys it all like the "killdisk" command in Linux. I wonder if the feature of preserving the information on the hd past the point of format has something to do with the Windows OS, but if it does, then this is a nice feature. But if not, then I can see no other explaination. Unless the program that I used has a feature that is also to look BEYOND the DOS prompt "capabilities". But since you are familiar with the "undelete" DOS command as your idea of undelete, then I will instead describe this program to you as a "hd restore/recovery program". With this program, even files that have officially been "deleted" and emptied from the recycle bin, are still on the hd, unless they have been written over by new data in the same location on the hd where the information that has been deleted is. At this point, the deleted files are permanently gone.
And I found out with this "hd restore/recovery program", that its "capabilities" only go so far as to ONE format back, meaning that if I was to format it more than one time, that the files more than two formats back can't be recovered. Maybe there is a better "hd restore/recovery program", but the one that I used has this limitation.
Do you need to load the DOS prompt program into RAM inorder to USE it, like with a floppy, USB, or CD?
Here's what I have done since I talked to you last:
--I copied the ME Startup Disk files onto the hd
--I booted the computer
--I still get the "A Disk Read Error has Occurred" error message
--I am not able to get to the DOS prompt