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DOS to Win 7 file transfer

I have a user who has files stored on an older PC in DOS format she needs to transfer and use in a new WIndows 7 PC. Someone setup a "link" for her and she was able to do this until recently. The DOS based PC was shut off and after restarting the PC she's not able to access the files, and is getting an "extended error 53" error message
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n2fcCommented:
That error means the "link" that someone setup is "broken"...

Since DOS does not have built-in networking, someone manually setup some level of networking which did not persist after the reboot.

You will need to reestablish that network link.

If the DOS machine will be doing this on a regular basis, you might want to put the link initiation code into the AUTOXEC.BAT so that it reestablishes itself after each reboot!
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EpicTechITAuthor Commented:
I'm not sure as to how to setup this link, never having done it before. I kind of "inherited"  this problem from a former employee and now I have to fix it.
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n2fcCommented:
Typically (though not necessarily) older DOS machines have add-on cards for Ethernet network connectivity...   (Although some have Ethernet on the motherboard)...

You will need to locate that card to download and install the drivers and protocols for DOS in that environment...

If all that is really needed is to transfer files, it might be easier to temporarily remove the hard drive from the DOS PC; mount it in an external case, and attach it for access to the Windows 7 box to just "drag & drop" the needed files.

Since most older DOS boxes typically had smaller hard drives (under 1 GB) you could even copy the whole thing onto a single Flash drive for archiving and eliminate the need to connect the DOS box to the network.

Of course, if the DOS box is still used and updating files that need to be continually transferred, this won't work for you...

In that case, you will either have to bite the bullet & find the proper network drivers for that hardware, or find a compatible medium to copy files onto for manual transport between the machines!
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EpicTechITAuthor Commented:
I was just speaking with the user, and had her reboot the PC. It is a dual OS system, having both Windows 2000 and MS DOS boot tracks displayed. The autoexec.bat file shows the path being set for a drive "Z" - the label given to the CAD drive she needs to accesss.  When she tries to copy files it displays a drive not available message. The drive is accessed thur a DOS Share, but that about all she knows
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n2fcCommented:
Are you trying to access the DOS machine from WIN7 or vice-versa?

Which machine has the reference to a Z: drive and where is it SUPPOSED to be pointing?
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n2fcCommented:
If you are trying to copy from the DOS box onto WIN7,  and that same machine can boot into WIN2K as well, there might be an easier method:

Since WIN2K DOES support networking and probably can access the WIN7 machine already, just reboot into WIN2K and do the copy from THAT OS instead!
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EpicTechITAuthor Commented:
The Windows 7 PC is trying to pull files from the DOS box.  The old PC's drive is labeled Z. The new PC accesses the files thru C:\dosshare\ . The files are created on the DOS box and copied to the new Win 7 PC and then used to send out to other departments.
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EpicTechITAuthor Commented:
Per the end user - she has never booted into 2K. I will have her try that.
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n2fcCommented:
If you can't find the DOS network drivers, you should be able to share the same DOS folder under control of WIN2K, since it probably has networking as well!

As an expedient, try rebooting into WIN2K and locating the files you need to share (you might need to assign another drive letter to the DOS partition) and re-share it under control of WIN2K...

This is only an expedient if you can't locate the proper drivers to enable networking under DOS!

Again, another fallback is to use some other media that is acceptable to both machines and copy the file(s) offline and transport manually!
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EpicTechITAuthor Commented:
Thanks. I'm waiting on the user to return, will try to access thru 2K. and offer the idea of a USB memory stick if viable.
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erobbyCommented:
you can get a dos network boot disk from :

http://www.bootdisk.com/

If your DOS box has network connectivity you should be able to run a net use command from the windows 7 machine to the DOS machine to map a drive
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