copy files using dos commands

  hargranules 11:28 06 Oct 2005

Trying to retrieve some files from a crashed pc before I restore.

I am trying to copy the files from the hard drive using dos commands. When i do c/ dir is says error in enumeration. chkdsc doesn't seem to run.

I want to just copy my docs into a drive but do not know command for my documents any ideas?

  Batch 11:30 06 Oct 2005

What file type was the hard disk supporting (FAT, FAT32, NTFS)? If you don't know this, what operating systems was the disk created with / used with?

  hargranules 11:32 06 Oct 2005

don't know file type but was created with windows xp home

  scotty 11:46 06 Oct 2005

Have a look a this site for DOS commands info:

click here

  Chegs ® 11:48 06 Oct 2005

I frequently get "wrong syntax/Bad coomand,etc" trying to access the "Docs&Settings" folders in DOS.

The usual hassles are caused by the long filenames in them,try

C:\Documents and Settings\Owner>cd My Documents

C:\Documents and Settings\Owner\My Documents>

to get to your "My Docs" folder,then use the copy cmds.

  hargranules 11:50 06 Oct 2005

Thanks Chegs should their be any spaces in what I type

  Chegs ® 11:52 06 Oct 2005

You can also get to a C:\ prompt by typing

cd .. <return>

several times.

C:\Documents and Settings\Owner>cd My Documents

C:\Documents and Settings\Owner\My Documents>cd ..

C:\Documents and Settings\Owner>cd ..

C:\Documents and Settings>cd ..


  Chegs ® 11:53 06 Oct 2005

Only inbetween the "cd" & ".."

  Chegs ® 11:55 06 Oct 2005

To list the directorys,its just "dir" no spaces.

  Monoux 11:55 06 Oct 2005

DOS does not like long filenames. You often need to shorten them to max 8 characters and use the tithe sign and number 1 before the next slash sign

e.g. C:\ myDocuments becomes

Hope this helps

  scotty 12:42 06 Oct 2005

For long file names or directories and ones with spaces, put the name in quotes e.g. "My Documents"

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