how can I backup Microsoft Return of Arcade on 3.5" floppies to CD?

Hi Everyone,

           Seeing that 3.5" floppy disk drives are now obsolete, I wish to backup a classic, "Microsoft: Return of Arcade" to CD.  There are 4, 3.5" floppy disk to this game.  2 of the 4 are labeled Disk 1 which I find a bit strange.  However, the file contents are different for both of the disk labeled Disk 1, but, both have the file Setup.  

            At any rate, if someone could give me a tip or suggestion for properly transferring this classic game from floppy disk to CD-R, it will be greatly appreciated.

            I look forward to hearing back from someone regarding this question.

           Thank you

            George
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willcompCommented:
I'm not sure about that particular game, but this process usually works. Copy the contents of each diskette to folders on your hard disk named Disk 1, Disk 2, Disk 3, and Disk 4. Then burn those 4 folders to a CD.

Since you have 2 disks labeled Disk 1, problems installing may arise and you may have to point setup to the correct folder on the CD.

Give it a try and let us know if it doesn't work and what errors or problems you encounter.
GMartinAuthor Commented:
Hi There,

            Thank you so much for your quick reply to this question.  Unfortunately, I ran into some issues.  Before I get into describing the issues, let me briefly outline what I did which matches up to your suggestion.  For each disk, I did create a folder and labeled them accordingly.   Since I had 2 disk labeled Disk 1, I basically created independent folders for those and labeled them Disk1a and Disk1b.  Each of these disk did have a setup file on them.  

           With regards to the problem  that I ran across, here is the run down on it.  When I double clicked on the setup file for Disk1a, I got a message indicating to enter Disk 1 into the drive.  So, when I redirected it to the Disk 1a on the CD, I got the same message.  Interestingly, I noticed it to happend even if I redirected it to the folder labeled Disk1b on the CD.  It is noteworthy to mention though that if I double click on the setup file of the folder labeled Disk1b, the install procedure does launch; does install a few of the games such as Asteroids, Centipede, etc. but not all of them.  To be truthful, I was expecting it to ask for Disk 2 followed by Disk 3 etc. to install the remaining games, but, the install process never did this.  I did look at the contents of the Disk 2 and Disk 3 and it appears the files on these disk are compressed.  If I am not mistaken, I thought the install process would automatically decompress any compressed files into their original state or properties.  

              To make a long story short, I will need further advisement and guidance to this problem.  I did think about just ordering the game, Microsoft: Return on Arcade from the  amazon.com site.  Unfortunately, I could only find the entire game on 3 1/2" floppy drives; not on CD which puts me back to the situation I am currently in at this time.  

               I will look forward to reviewing and trying out any further suggestions which may be offered.  

               Thanks in advance for any attention or consideration given to this post.

               George
willcompCommented:
Do you remember what the disk sequence was for a floppy install?

Insert each floppy and obtain the disk label from the floppy - use dir A: command from a DOS prompt to obtain labels. Substitute your diskette drive letter for A if necessary. . Post those labels.
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willcompCommented:
explanatory note: disk label will be volume label when you do a directory of diskette.
GMartinAuthor Commented:
Hi

            Thank you so much for your quick followup.  To answer your question, here is what I have found out.  I hope this helps : - )

              Disk 1 - Setup - Microsoft: Return of Arcade  Volume in Drive A is Disk 1
              Disk 1 - Setup - Microsoft Arcdade  Volume in Drive A is Arcade10
              Disk 2 - Microsoft Return of Arcade Volume in Drive A is Disk2
              Disk 3 - Microsoft Return of Aracde Volume in Drive A is Disk3
     
             I am not sure if this information will help much, but, Disk2 and Disk3 only have one file on each of them.  For example, Disk2 has only one file with a title of  Arcade2.cab and Disk3 has only one file with a title of arcade3.cab

             Thanks in advance for reviewing this followup information for troubleshooting purposes.  

             George
GMartinAuthor Commented:
Hi There,

           Let me play devil's advocate for a minute and ask a question.  If for some reason we can not resolve this issue, is there an online company which sells the vintage copy of Microsoft: Return of Arcade on CD?  

            Thank you

             George
willcompCommented:
Change your folder names to match the disk volume labels. Then burn to a CD with new folder names and try to install.

cab files are compressed files and are extracted during installation.

As to anyone else selling the software, I don't know. You can try Googling it and see.

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GMartinAuthor Commented:
Hi There,

           Your suggestion does sound like it just might work : - )  Incidentally, should I pay close attention to the synthax of the volume lable names?  For instance, if the volume name is in all caps, should I create folder with the same name in all caps as well?  I am thinking it would probably matter because passwords are very synthax sensitive.

             George

             
willcompCommented:
As best I remember, case doesn't matter for volume labels. To be safe, use the exact syntax that's on the diskettes.
nobusCommented:
you may need winimage  : http://www.winimage.com/winimage.htm
willcompCommented:
Image creation (Winimage) should not be needed for this.
GMartinAuthor Commented:
Hi There,

           Thank you so much willcomp for your suggestions.  Your outlined instructions worked perfectly : - ) As you recommended, I did a dir of each disk by going to Start, Run, and typing cmd and pressed the enter key on the keyboard.  Then, with the Disk 1 inserted into the 3.5 " drive, I typed dir and pressed enter.  When I noticed the Volume Label within the statistics given about the disk, I wrote it down and created a folder on the hard disk drive to match it.  When I got to the other Disk 1, I had to use a little old DOS trick on it because when I typed dir for it, the list scrolled past Volume Label.  So, to get it to pause at the beginning half of the list so I could see the information given for Volume Label, I typed  dir | more.  Just so you know, the reason there were 2 disk labled Disk 1 for Setup, each one had games on it.  With respect to Disk 2 and Disk 3 which had the .cab files on it, I carried out the same procedure by simply typing dir at the DOS prompt to obtain their volume labels.  .  And, you was right about the compressed files.  They did automatically decompress onto the hard drive during installation.  While I was not sure if keeping the synthax the same would matter when creating the folder names to match the volume labels, I still went ahead and made sure they matched exactly.

              Thank you so much once again for this wonderful tip willcomp.  I did learn a great deal from this experience.  I am glad I took my time on this project to see it through.  Many thanks once again : - )

               George
willcompCommented:
Glad I was able to help and the process worked.
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