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    DISKCOPY (2002/SP 2)

    Every time I try to run DISKCOPY, I get the following:

    Invalid drive specification
    Specified drive does not exist
    or is nonremovable

    I went to My Computer, and it shows my E drive as the DVD drive. My syntax is as follows: diskcopy e: e: /v
    I tried that from the root directory of the C drive and the E drive. Where do you think I

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    Re: DISKCOPY (2002/SP 2)

    Diskcopy was originally intended for floppy disks. What is it you're trying to do - make an exact copy of a DVD disk perhaps? If so, I believe you're going to need another software app to do it.

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    Re: DISKCOPY (2002/SP 2)

    As Big Al says, DISKCOPY was a fairly unintelligent and limited program intended only for floppy disks, and those of us who used it in the days of DOS well remember that only about half of the contents of the diskette were stored in memory at any one time, so if you had just the one diskette drive you had to <UL><LI>insert the source diskette, <LI>read the first half from it, <LI>then insert the target diskette, <LI>write the first half to it, <LI>then re-insert the source diskette, <LI>read the second half from it, <LI>then re-insert the target diskette, <LI>write the second half to it, <LI>then insert the source diskette for a final time, to get back to where you started[/list]I kid you not...!

    And that was for (a maximum of) 1.44 MB of data. Where do you think the 4.7 GB of data on a DVD would be held having been read from the source DVD before it is written to the target DVD?! That is well in excess of the available virtual memory which most people have on their PCs, so you would have to have 4.7 GB of free space available on your hard disk! CDs and DVDs don't like their writing being interrupted, so I suspect Microsoft considered that making image copies of CDs and DVDs could well be left to third parties...

    John

    PS The Help information from DISKCOPY /? says (with my emphasis):

    <code>Copies the contents of one floppy disk to another.

    DISKCOPY [drive1: [drive2:]] [/V]

    /V Verifies that the information is copied correctly.

    The two floppy disks must be the same type.
    You may specify the same drive for drive1 and drive2.</code>
    <font face="Script MT Bold"><font color=blue><big><big>John</big></big></font color=blue></font face=script>

    Ita, esto, quidcumque...

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    Re: DISKCOPY (2002/SP 2)

    I'm trying to diskcopy and exact copy of a DVD.

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    Re: DISKCOPY (2002/SP 2)

    So after all is said and done, how do I make a copy?

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    Re: DISKCOPY (2002/SP 2)

    You need third party software such as Nero or Roxio. There are several shareware and freeware types out also.

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    Re: DISKCOPY (2002/SP 2)

    Diskcopy is not even recognizing the E drive. No matter what I'm copying, why isn't recognizing that particular drive?

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    Re: DISKCOPY (2002/SP 2)

    Probably because E: isn't a floppy disk drive

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    Re: DISKCOPY (2002/SP 2)

    It's my CD/DVD drive.

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    Re: DISKCOPY (2002/SP 2)

    Why isn't recognizing that particular drive?

    Floppy drives are fundamentally different from other storage devices. For historical reasons, drive letters a: and b: are dedicated for floppy drives only. DISKCOPY was written specifically for floppy drives, so it is not recognize any other drives (neither c: , nor d: , nor even z: ).

    You must to admit you have to pay <img src=/S/money.gif border=0 alt=money width=17 height=15> if you want to copy a DVD.
    BUT - if you want to copy commercial movie or game on DVD, it is often illegal! Read DVD label carefully. Also commercial DVD can contain special commands which prevent copying.

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    Re: DISKCOPY (2002/SP 2)

    Thanks for the clarification.

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