View Full Version : Dos's Copy Command.

04-15-2002, 04:22 AM
G'day folks;

I'm wondering if someone can help me with a correct copy command syntax?

I'd like to copy the win98 folder only; from the cd to a hard drive partition.

I use my boot disk.

I use the command line:
copy k:\win98\*.* h:\win98

But; the entire win98 folder doesn't copy over to my hard drive partition. As I understand it the folder contents is around 173Mb, yet only 881Kb transfers over for me.

My system is working fine and I really doubt there's a hardware problem.

Incidently; if I use the xcopy32 command, the entire cd contents transfers to my hard drive.

It's got me stumped, I've read some differing instructions on Dos commands and I can't seem to master them, at the moment.

Thanks for any help;


04-15-2002, 10:56 AM
Try this.
Copy k:\win98\*.* h:\win98\*.* /v

Copying (*.*) All files and writing them into the win98 directory using the same names (*.*) with the /V tells copy to verify each files write.

04-15-2002, 05:45 PM
Have you tried the XCOPY command?
xcopy k:\win98\*.* h:\win98/e/s

Copies all files & subdirectories including empty subdirectories.

To get full syntax, from DOS Prompt type:
To save those results to a text file for better viewing, type:

That outputs what would have gone on the screen to the file "xcopy.txt"

Love that XCOPY!

04-15-2002, 06:04 PM
It's been explained but here is a link to Information about the xcopy command.
X-copy command Info (http://www.computerhope.com/xcopyhlp.htm)

CCMR (http://www.dreamwater.net/tech/yoda74/index.html)

04-15-2002, 06:22 PM
Thanks Rick and Eutychus;

The command line worked Rick however; I also discovered that I didn't create a path on the h:> drive either, using the md command.

More than likely that was the problem all along?

Your information regarding .txt was good too Eutychus, I didn't realize that and I'm sure it'll come in handy.



04-15-2002, 07:53 PM
Xcopy has One bad side effect
It also copies the Un-needed folder under win98. Like that POS online service folder and all the others .
You don't need them ..

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