Have a laptop and I have some very important work on it. I have no operating system on it. I have managed to get into DOS but is there a way I can transfer the files onto another system i.e. through serial or parallel port. The laptop only has a floppy drive. And I don?t want to copy it all on to floppy disks as the file is 100Mb zipped. Or is there a way I can install a operating system on it so I can retrieve the work.
there is a command to send a file to the printer (hence the parallel port) but not to a printer, but as a print file (prn). Although I am not sure if you can change it back, or what you can do with it once there?
You say only a floppy drive? Unusual. If there's a CD ROM drive, Knoppix, which is Linux that runs from a CD can give an operating system. By default it recognises Windows partitions and files and can use the legacy ports, but I'm not sure about it's facilities for cable connection transfer.
If you search Google for the Knoppix CD, there's a site which will sell you one for ?2. It's actually a free Linux version but the charge is just to cover costs.
Has twe laptop got a LAN connection? If so, the Knoppix could network for file transfer.
Another way is with XP. An XP CD will once installed will give 30 days use before activation has to be completed, in effect a trial, so you could use any XP installation CD briefly as a trial if you know anyone with one. Then you'd have all the usual Windows facilities.
Has the Laptop got a hard drive and if so, how big is it?
You could try getting hold of an external Zip drive and transfer the OS from your PC to Zip Disc then using the parallel port on your Laptop put the OS onto your HDD. Reformat the Zip disc's then transfer your information from your PC to the Laptop using the same method. I did this for a couple of years with an old HP Notebook and it worked OK.