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Have a multi floppy disk program/setup, can I make one CD

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I have a set of 7 floppy disks that install an old software program, can I get some type of program that can combine it to one cd?
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Krzysztof Pytko earned 100 total points
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You may try this trick (I tried this in the past). Copy whole diskette content into single directory and burn it on a CD.
Then from elevated command-line use subst

subst a: <path-to-CD-ROM-with=this-folder>

and then try to install it from "computer" (you should see A-drive)

after all use

subst a: /d

to remove A-Drive

Regards,
Krzysztof
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Depends on the program but usually the fix above will work, often not needing the Subst command. Look for small text files on the disks which identify the disk number.  These are what are usually used by the installer to check the correct disk is in place before continuing with the setup.  Depending on the age of the program the installer may want write access to the first floppy disc to write registration information so if you get a read/write error copy the cd contents into a folder on the PC's HDD instead.
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I used to use that method to install Windows 3.1, which was 6 disks I think.  
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iSiek's method works for a number of old applications.

In some cases you don't have to use the subst a: path method.  Clicking on the setup or install file is all you need to do.  Not guaranteed to work for all installs though.

Other method I use

Use a diskcopy util to copy all the files off the first floppy to a folder - say \install\disk1
For the second copy to \install\disk2
Etc

The floppy disk may be labelled.  In Windows Explorer right click on the floppy and select Properties.  If there is a label create an empty file in the folder with the exact same name and capitalisation as the label.

When you go to do the install pick the \install\disk1 folder from the command line and start the install there.  The install may ask for the path to the second disk.  Specify \install\disk2  If that doesn't work specify \install\disk2\  it may require the trailing \ to work properly.

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by:Danny Child
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Windows 3.x and other floppy-based programs used to just copy data.  I still have a 512mb (yes, that's a M) hard disk with several copies of Windows on it - you just would copy the appropriate Windows folder to the destination drive, and you were done... Saved many hours when I was a field engineer....

do a full installation, copy the folders to media, delete the original, and copy it back from the media.  
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Thanks everyone for your help
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