Backing up an old MS-DOS system to tape
Posted 22 May 2009 - 11:17 AM
Posted 22 May 2009 - 11:28 AM
If the disks are IDE, then you might consider putting the disk on another computer, either by putting it in an enclosure or internally to the machine. Then you could back up the data to a CD or DVD, which would make it easier to access the data.
Posted 22 May 2009 - 11:37 AM
Posted 22 May 2009 - 11:42 AM
It should not be too difficult to open the case.
Posted 22 May 2009 - 11:54 AM
Posted 22 May 2009 - 12:29 PM
It is often easier to put the disk in an external enclosure, so that you don't have to mount it or risk it being bumped and/or falling.
Backing up the disk when it is in another machine should get all of the data, whereas if you do the backup when the machine is booted from that disk, there can be files which are locked by the OS, which can prevent the files from being copied.
The only information "lost" would be the boot information since that is not in the filesystem. You could copy the whole disk, which would retain everything, but it would be more difficult to review the data.
As a side note, if you use a non-Windoze OS, such as Linux, it will ensure that no files are accessed on the disk. Sometimes Windoze looks at the disk and will use swap files and such. It should not really be an issue though.
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