Re: [NTO] New Drive
- Hi Jody,
At 07:38 PM 04/16/2000 -0500, you wrote:
>Hi LarryIf you are using an old DOS such as v6.22 or earlier, you will lose long
> > When this new drive boots, it looks for the Windows 98 system
> > files and registry. If they are not there it just comes up
> > with a C prompt. If you also copy all of your files from the
> > old drive including these system files and the registry file to
> > the new drive after doing this, it will find them and come up
> > from a boot just the same as your old drive with the full
> > Windows 98 system setup that you have on your old drive.
>So, theoretically, this should work from DOS, except I would loose
>my longfilenames, correct?
>Copy C\*.* I:\
>The reason I mention DOS is because I notice that Windows is picky
>about copying certain system files. Yes, No on a copy, or am I
>thinking of Delete?
file names but if you are using the DOS that comes with Windows 98 you
should not. You can experiment by copying a few files with long file names
from one folder to another using DOS and see what happens. Also try
copying hidden and system files to another folder to see what happens.
You do not need to create a bootable floppy and I do not think that you
need to do these two things in a particular order but you do need to do both.
With your new drive connected to your computer so you can read it from your
1. Use sys.com from a DOS prompt to copy the system files to the new drive
and to create a Master Boot Record to make it bootable.
2. Copy all of the rest of the files from your old drive to your new drive
by what ever method works for you - DOS's copy or xcopy commands or some
program or utility that you have for doing this. Just make sure that *all*
of the files are copied over - hidden, system, and otherwise - so that the
bootup will find them.
As I said, it does not matter whether you do 1 first and then 2 or 2 first
and then 1 but you must do both.
When you are finished you should be able to switch the drives and the new
drive should boot up ok.
- Hi All,
Thanks for all your input a few weeks ago about swinging my old
data over to my new drive. Murphy's law prevailed though - if
anything can go wrong, it will. :) All in all it went pretty
well though considering xcopy would not allow the /h and /k
options to copy hidden files and save attributes. A few of the
folders got truncated as well.
I ended up having to install Win98SE over the xcopy 'cause I did
not keel like deleting it, and then after coming up on it did a
drag drop on everything that I could. Went back into DOS and
finished partitioning the others drives and then drag/dropped my
old drives into each of them respectively. Only lost a shortcut
on my Taskbar and one in my Start menu. All data appears to be
intact and all my programs that use the system files all work. I
did back up my registry and reinstalled it just in case.
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