DOS Syntax Question

Posted on 2001-06-22
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Last Modified: 2010-04-13
Have to recover documents off a user's hard drive - NTFS partition - Windows 2000.

Used utility on sysinternals and am able to get to hard drive.

Since I haven't used DOS is what seems like a hundred years - I'm rusty on the syntax.  Is there a DOS command to copy a file folder and all of it's contents?  Or - do I have to go folder by folder?

Question by:tituba2
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Expert Comment

ID: 6218465
XCOPY is what you are looking for.  Try something like:


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ID: 6218532
Will this syntax span disks?
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Expert Comment

ID: 6218584
No it will not. Xcopy has no such logic.
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Expert Comment

ID: 6218601
If you need to span desitination disks use a backup program of some sort (NT BACKUP will do this) or something like WinZIP (my favorite).

Author Comment

ID: 6218667
Can't use winzip - cannot get into Windows environment.  Just trying to salvage what is on this user's desktop.  

The NTFS utility is seeing the NTFS partition as drive E

When I use the following syntax
xcopy e:\winnt\profiles\user\desktop\stuff a:/s

I get the error:
CDR101:  Not reading drive D

Any ideas?  This user has a zillion files she saved in a good fifty folders on her desktop.
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Accepted Solution

j2 earned 150 total points
ID: 6218691
I think you want NT recover, and pipe the files to another system, or move the harddrive to another computer. Or why not just install a paralell copy of Windows? Exactly what has happened here really?

Expert Comment

ID: 6218818
what utility did you use? you may be able to run chkdsk and make the machine bootable again. or, as j2 says, us ntrecover or remote recovery to copy the files to a host machine.

Author Comment

ID: 6219679
Reinstalled second copy of NT and am able to get to system to bring files back to my network.  Ended up being the cleanest solution.  Thanks!  Xcopy just didn't want to work.

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