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    DOS in XP? (Win XP SR-1)

    I am having problems accessing some CD-RWs that were created before I installed XP. Some work fine, others say they can't copy from them. I was able to print a directory using DOS, so I know the files are there. I want to copy them to my hard drive and then create a new CD-RW. I am assuming this will work. Can anyone tell me the DOS command that will copy all directories and files to a new location? Do I have to be at the E: prompt?

    PS. when I try to copy I keep getting an "access denied" message. I used copy e:*.* c:sher*.*

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    Re: DOS in XP? (Win XP SR-1)

    Try using XCOPY /? at the command prompt. There are a ton of options. The following syntax should do what you want:

    <pre>XCOPY {cd-rom}:*.* {destination} /E /A /K</pre>


    You might also want to look into IsoBuster to get around the problems you're having. This program bypasses Windows' native method of accessing the CD-ROM drive and can usually copy anything from a CD to your chosen destination.
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    Re: DOS in XP? (Win XP SR-1)

    Mark, I tried the XCOPY command but it kept saying zero files copied. I also downloaded IsoBuster. This MAY work but I would like to figure out why this is happening before I pay for the program [while it found everything on a CD - none of the recovery functionality is available without registering the product].

    Practically every CD has errors. Since I had no problems before XP seems like it's an XP problem. I'm at a loss as to what to do. I have lots of CDs with stuff I need.

    Have you used IsoBuster? Does it really recover files? Do you think I will have to "recover" all my CDs and reburn them? I am extremely frustrated with this.
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    Re: DOS in XP? (Win XP SR-1)

    Sherry

    I assume your CD drive is E:

    As WyllyWylly said, your best bet is to use XCOPY in a Command Prompt window.

    Try XCOPY E:*.* C:SHER /E as a first pass (exactly as is - I've emphasised the spaces between!) to copy all directories and files to your directory "SHER" and beneath. See the Help output from XCOPY /? to see all the switches, but /E copies all subdirectories, even empty ones. Check whether any of the files remain as ReadOnly (they are by definition Read-Only when on a CD-R!) when on the hard disk.

    I'm slightly concerned about the "access denied" message, but unsure whether that relates to the source (the CD) or the target (the hard disk).
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    Re: DOS in XP? (Win XP SR-1)

    I can certainly understand your frustration, Sherry. XCOPY did not do its thing....does it work if you copy files that exist on the hard drive? And have you tried these CDs in another computer to see if the results are the same? It may or may not be Windows XP that is at fault - perhaps your previous operating system read them fine, but was not working properly, and now that you have a fresh OS, you've unmasked the problem. Stranger things have happened.

    At any rate, it seems as though the XCOPY approach will not work for you. I would still test the CD in another computer to see if the results are the same.

    I have used Isobuster many times, and it is capable of reading CD media where Windows fails. There is a fairly technical explanation of how the program gets around the native methods used by Windows, a boring read unless you like that sort of thing.

    To answer the question of whether or not you will need to do this with all your CDs, it's hard to say. If they work in another machine you can safely blame the installation of Windows XP that you currently have. If the same problem reappears, then you will know it's the media, and you can cross your fingers and hope that Isobuster does what you need it to do.
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    Re: DOS in XP? (Win XP SR-1)

    John and Mark,
    See the attached screen-shot for the XCOPY command I tried. I did try it on C, copy a folder with many directories to another folder and it worked fine. I guess I will register IsoBuster and try that. I won't have access to another pc till next week to see if the CDs work elsewhere.

    BTW, sometimes when I put a CD in E and go to Explorer, the right side is blank. Other times it will show the folders and I can copy some of them, while others give an error message.

    I also am going to try Nero to make sure it works with XP and will burn a CD and make sure it is accessible afterwards.

    Thanks for your help.
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    Re: DOS in XP? (Win XP SR-1)

    You will not need to register Isobuster unless you need its advanced features. Basic functionality in the program is free but the developer encourages registration.

    Do you only have problems accessing burned CDs, or does this persist with all CDs? Sometimes this problem can appear when an application, such as Nero, installs what is called a filter driver at a very low level. You may want to try removing any software that would have loaded its own drivers for CD-ROM access, and then see if you can access the discs.

    From your descriptions, it sounds as though Windows is having difficulty reading the discs. I doubt that there is anything physically wrong with the discs themselves since it appears to happen to many; the chances of having that many CDs go bad is fairly remote.

    Nero does indeed work with Windows XP. It's the only CD burning software I have ever used under XP, since I am not a fan of Roxio's wares.
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    Re: DOS in XP? (Win XP SR-1)

    I tried right-clicking in IsoBuster and every function I tried I got a error message that said I needed to register - so I did. And I was able to recover the files. And it did indeed find bad files. Haven't had a chance to find out which files.

    The problem occurred before I ever installed Nero. When I installed XP and it found the RW drive I started copying backup files and initially it was fine. Then I started getting error messages about some of the files. I haven't installed any other software that would load drivers for the CD-RW drive [that I know of], however I did get the SR-1 patch from Microsoft. Under Win98 SE I used to run System File Checker after every program install as a way of keeping a record of what I did. Can't do that in XP [too bad] and my usual order of clean-install has been wierd this time as I figure out what drivers/programs are unnecessary in XP. But it is definitely just some CDs.

    Anyhow, now that I am able to recover the data, I feel better. And if, in my rattled state of mind, I registered IsoBuster and didn't need to, I am OK with that. It was a small price to pay for the comfort of knowing I can save my data.

    I appreciate all your help. <img src=/S/thankyou.gif border=0 alt=thankyou width=40 height=15>
    <font face="Comic Sans MS"><big><font color=4682b4>Sherry</font color=4682b4></big></font face=comic>

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    Re: DOS in XP? (Win XP SR-1)

    <center>
    <hr>if, in my rattled state of mind, I registered IsoBuster and didn't need to, I am OK with that. It was a small price to pay<hr>
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    Just as a FYI for you and for those who catch this thread late. From IsoBuster's website..............

    "Lots of features of IsoBuster are entirely for free, others need to be paid for. All the functionality prior to version 1.0 is still for free and remains free.
    If you install IsoBuster and want to make use of the free functionality only, click the "Free Functionality" button when prompted."


    Thanks for this one Mark !!! <img src=/S/yep.gif border=0 alt=yep width=15 height=15>
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