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:188.8.131.52.2.20020526100602.00aaa4d8 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
> 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.
>>>> Dr. Michal Opas
> Cell Biology
> University of Toronto
> 1 King's College Circle
> Medical Sciences Building, rm. 6326
> Toronto, Ontario, M5S 1A8 Canada
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> (416) 971-2140 (office)
> fax: (416) 978-3954
> e-mail: m.opas at utoronto.ca> www homepage: http://www.utoronto.ca/mocell/index.html>> ---