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usb stick in dos 6.2

Posted on 2009-07-13
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how do i know if I get a 4gb usb stick will work in a full dos 6.2 environment
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by:rettif9
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No Windows operating system prior to windows 98 supports USB
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by:zenworksb
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really i have had many people say you just need teh dos driver? i have dos 6.2 and have a program running for a client and he wants to do backups I was just going to setup a xcopy but there is also a backup program built in. so i would use like a 4gb usb disk?
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by:rettif9
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I stand corrected.
http://www.freedos.org/freedos/news/technote/203.html
the google search "dos driver for usb" yields many results. You can look for the one that seems best suited to your needs.
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by:Lee W, MVP
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Keep in mind, you'll need to partition a 4GB stick into two 2 GB partitions as DOS has a 2 GB Maximum partition size and without an additional driver for FAT32, it won't recognize FAT32 drives that could otherwise be larger.
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by:Qlemo
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And there dies another myth ... Never thought off someone considering to build a USB driver for DOS.
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so what do i do if i need to backup a total of 4gb?
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No chance. You cannot access files of that size, nor file systems, when using pure (poor) DOS. Compression programs will stop at 2GB normally. You can do a 1GB split, e.g., and according partitions on USB stick.
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