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Copy files in DOS to USB drive

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#1 Robert0


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Posted 19 December 2009 - 03:48 PM

I think I'm going to have to reformat my hard drive since Windows won't boot. I'm way too rust on DOS to be able to copy my files to a CD without some help. I can get to the root directory (C:) but need some seroius help with the commands that will let me save these files.

Can someone please help me?

There are 4 users set up on this computer and I'd like to be able to save all documents undereach user name.

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#2 Robert0

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Posted 19 December 2009 - 05:39 PM

Windows will not boot and before I wipe the disc I want to save some documents. CAn I save to a USB drive and how do I get the computer to recognize the device?

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Posted 19 December 2009 - 06:10 PM

looks possible http://www.bootdisk.com/usb.htm
also a linux live cd could be used as well

google search for "dos usb driver" (no quotes) turns up lots of info

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Posted 19 December 2009 - 09:34 PM

Windows XP and Vista do not use DOS

You can access the drive using a Linux LIVE CD
Or you can burn a boot CD

Let's now create a boot disc so that you can access your files and folders.....

*** Please print these instructions ***
  • Download Hiren's BootCD Iso to the desktop of a clean computer.
  • Extract the zipped HirensBootCD.zip to your desktop.
  • Open the extracted HirensBootCD folder and extract the zipped HirensBootCD.iso.
  • Double click the BurnToCD.cmd bat file contained in the HirensBootCD folder. This will launch BurnCDCC.
  • Insert a blank CD in your drive.
  • Press Start. This will burn the image to disc. After it has completed...
  • Restart your sick computer and boot from the HBCD you created.
    • If your PC is not booting from the CD, you need to change the boot order:
      • Restart your PC
      • As soon as you get an image, press the Setup key. This is usually F2, F10, F12 or Del. On some machines the key can also be a different one. It should, however, be stated on the screen which key is the setup key.
      • Once you enter the computer's BIOS, use the arrow keys and tab key to move between elements. Press enter to select an item to change.
      • Navigate to the tab, where you can set the boot order. It should be called Boot or Boot order
      • The tab should now show your current boot order.
      • If the CD-drive is not at the top, please navigate to the CD-Rom drive with the keys arrows. Then move it to the top of the list. The keys for switching boot position are usually + to move up and - to move down. However they can be different, but they should be stated in the help, so that you can find them easily.
      • Once the CD-drive is on top of the boot order, navigate to Exit and select Exit saving changes.
    • Your PC should now boot from your CD.
    • Click to select any options that are required to start the computer from the CD-ROM drive if you are prompted.
  • When the CD boots choose "Start MiniWindowsXP". Allow Windows to load. You will see a typical Windows Desktop.
  • You will be able to access your sick drive and save files/folders from here.

Edited by garmanma, 19 December 2009 - 09:39 PM.

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#5 Robert0

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Posted 20 December 2009 - 12:47 AM

Thank you!!!

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Posted 06 January 2010 - 03:29 PM

thanx... its a good tools..
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Posted 08 July 2010 - 11:56 AM

If you had DOS on your system, use the following commands down below.
When in your C:\ drive, it will look like this:


To copy something (e.g. ComboFix), do this:

C:\ copy C:\ComboFix D:\

(Where D: is your destination drive. If not D, do any other letter.)

There you go!
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Posted 23 July 2011 - 07:24 PM

Hiren's is awesome!!! Thank you so much for suggesting this tool/s!!

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Posted 01 October 2011 - 10:13 PM

You could do the aboved meantioned, but I personally use the xcopy command. :thumbup2:
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