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Acronis to clone old dos hard drive

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Hello,

We have an old machine used for data collection.  We need to clone the old hard drive of the dos machine to a newer current hard drive.

Does acronis true image 11 or 11.5 support cloning old dos machines?

Thank you!
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by:djcanter
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Yes, Acronis can clone the DOS drive successfully. DOS uses MBR and FAT32 the same as earlier versions of windows.
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by:pgm554
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Depending upon version of DOS though,you could have issues cloning it to larger drives as some versions of DOS have limits as to how large a partition you can have.
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by:rindi
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DOS uses FAT16, and the maximum partition size FAT16 supports is 4GB. So I would try to get the smallest capacity Hard-Disk I could get, everything would be a waste...

You can use any cloning utility. They generally don't care which OS or what type of file-system the partitions are using. Personally I'd use CloneZilla which is on the PartedMagic LiveCD and free, Opensource rather than Acronis though.

http://partedmagic.com
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by:djcanter
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As stated earlier, DOS has FAT32, unless you are on MSDOS version 4.0 or less (not likely).
Use Acronis, clone the drive as is(no extending partition size on new drive) and you will be all set.
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No, DOS doesn't have FAT32. It has FAT16. It's only those "DOS" versions that are included with newer versions of Windows 95 that had FAT32 capabilities, and those "DOS" versions weren't separately available without the Windows OS.
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by:nobus
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>>  We need to clone the old hard drive   <<  what model is it? then we can give better help
as said  - most imaging software do handle all file sytems, including Dos
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by:djcanter
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Did acronis get the job done?
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by:networkadmin
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Yes
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by:rindi
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Then you should have accepted the first answer, and not the one that states that DOS supports FAT32, because that statement is totally incorrect. FAT32 was introduced with Windows 9x, which, although it uses a DOS version as base, that DOS version wasn't available as a standalone OS without Windows. If I remember correctly DOS 6.22 was the last MS-DOS version that was available standalone, and that didn't support FAT32.
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