How does one copy a floppy disk using a usb floppy drive

Microsoft Windows xp professional w/serv...
August 16, 2020 at 08:28:08
Specs: xp, 1.5Gig
This is going back into the dark ages - but...

Acer Aspire 2005 vintage running XP-Pro; it never goes online.

I want to use it copy some dos floppies... It will read them OK... and will even format floppies as well.

I need to make working copies of dos 6.2 and 6.22 floppies.

If I use the (right click) menu (copy disk) - it won't.

If I use command line "diskcopy a: (no " ") - then that won't work either. The usb connected drive isn't found - even though it shows up as a: in My Computer, and does read and format floppies.

Seems that it cannot be done using a usb floppy drive - or can it? Error message is: Unable to copy disks on this drive.

The current floppies are OK; and I have a decent number of 1.44 floppies - which will format OK using the external usb connected floppy drive. But how does one use that usb floppy drive to make copies of these dos disks?

I have Mac systems at present; and of course don't have floppy drives, nor will they read dos floppies anyway (via usb drive)?

My olde Acer is about for such a situation as above - but how to get it to do what I want?

I have win-7 on one of my Macs - Bootcamp setup - and suspect it won't allow diskcopy that way either?

I do have '98 Dell tower with all sorts of M$ OS installed (multi-boot system with 95/'98/NT4/W2K/XP-Pro) - and an original type 1.44 drive too. It's in semi storage since about 2010; but can be brought into action - if that's the only solution... but it's not convenient to go that route at this time.

Any ideas chaps?

I want to give a set of these dos disks to someone who is looking for such as set.

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August 16, 2020 at 08:42:53
What happens if you use the Diskcopy command with both source and destination drive specified? Only one may be seen as current drive is source.

Have you tried renaming the drive to something other than A: ? A: may not be the best for a USB drive, even if it has a floppy in the other end.

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August 16, 2020 at 09:35:22
Hi - yup.. after posting this one I dun a wee refresher of the brain cells trawl across the bottom of the duck pond... and there it was:

Drop onto c: (via run cmd from start box) and then use diskcopy a: a:

A lot to be said for those days of DOS - and remembering how it worked...

Bought this usb floppy an aeon ago and never used it until now. It's a bit noisey - almost sounds like crashing gears pre syncromesh gear boxes. I may seek out a more recent one - just in-case this one pegs out... Useful to have for those odd floppy occasions...

Thank you nonetheless for the prompt in the right direction.

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August 18, 2020 at 11:02:05
I used to use a program called WinImage. You can create images of floppy discs including the boot sector if needed. It worked great for copying floppy discs.

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August 18, 2020 at 18:19:08
trvlr wrote:

> Drop onto c: (via run cmd from start box) and then use diskcopy a: a:

I have two questions about this.

What do you mean by "Drop onto" ?

Are you sure it is "diskcopy a: a:" rather than "diskcopy a: b:" ?

I copied from one floppy to another, swapping the floppies in and out
of the single drive, but the way I remember it was that the source was
called a: and the target was called b:, even though it was just one drive.

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis

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August 18, 2020 at 23:44:58
That might have better been: drop back onto “ c: “ as in on the c: drive.

Or change to c:

When I opened the command prompt it went to c:\ my login name rather than c: .

The disk copy command wouldn’t run from c:\my login name

Using disk copy a: a: works fine. If there is no second floppy then disk copy a: b: won’t allow/work.

Using disk copy a: a: the process indicates when to swap out source floppy for the target floppy.

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August 19, 2020 at 07:11:17
I'd forgotten abut winimage...; it had its uses for sure. Pity it's not available for XP and later... And even a Mac version would be nice... both to use with dos/windows formats etc. and Mac as well.

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September 17, 2020 at 12:51:19
It is available for later versions, look at this page, they have a 64 bit version that runs on Windows 10.

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