DOS question

Emir Khatipov khatipovNO at NOuchicago.edu
Mon Jun 24 18:16:37 EST 2002

My guess would be it is something related to NTFS file system in W2K. I
don't know how DOS that never operated with file sistems more advanced than
16-bit manipulates files under NTFS. I guess it still does it the "old"
16-bit way, and that should lead to file allocation problems, general
protection faults etc.. Even in Win98 (32-bit files system - icase you did
the 16 to 32-bit conversion), when you copy or rename files under DOS there
name format changes to 8.3... I would not recommend manipulating files under
DOS on a W2K machine. It can screw up your HD, as it happened to me once. I
bet more details are available directly from Microsoft.

"Michal Opas" <m.opas at utoronto.ca> wrote in message
news: at mailbox12.utcc.utoronto.ca...
> Dear All,
> While this is not exactly related to interests of all of us it might be of
> interest to some of us.
> I am one of a dying breed of stubborn old timers who find some old
> DOS-based programs still superior in some applications.
> Example: one can write a small batch file using xcopy.com and its various
> parameters to transfer data between drives or computers: this encompasses
> files and directories, specific files from subdirectories, update or copy
> or move all delete or not , dated or not, etc., etc.  Just start the batch
> file and off it goes! Try to do it using "briefcase"...  Or laplink or
> whatever.
> There are other little DOS programs that I find useful.
> The question is:
> Windows 2000 seems to be an OS that overtakes the networking environment
> (at least here at UofT).  I found Win 2000 MS-DOS windows far more
> capricious that those of Win 98.
> Is this true or am I doing something wrong?
> Thank you very much in advance.
> Michal
>       Dr. Michal Opas
>       Cell Biology
>       University of Toronto
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