DOS - unable to access directory

  submarine 07:07 17 May 2004

My hard drive will not boot into windows and I am backing up my files in DOS. Up to now I have successfully moved my files to another hard drive. However, there is one directory I cannot access as the name is, without the quotes, "AVCE¬1 T". There seems to be two spaces after the directory name and then the letter T. How can I access this directory.

  Tog 07:10 17 May 2004

Looks like the disk was corrupted. Have you tried repairing with scandisk?

  submarine 08:05 17 May 2004

thanks for quick response but scandisk shows no problems

  submarine 08:23 17 May 2004

Directory shows AVCE~1 T ,that is AVCE tilde 1 then two spaces and a T

  Eric10 08:32 17 May 2004

Good morning submarine,

If a directory name has a dot in it then it shows up in a DOS directory listing as a space or multiple spaces so try this to get into the directory "CD AVCE~1.T".

  submarine 09:08 17 May 2004

cheers Eric10, I'll try that.

  submarine 07:35 18 May 2004

Thanks Tog & Gary10. That worked a treat and I managed to save all my daughter's A-Level coursework (which needs to be in on Friday!!) as she did't keep ANY backups at college or on disk! I hope she has learned her lesson. At least I can breathe again. Her work is now safely backed up to CD which she will leave in her school locker.

Once again, many thanks to Eric10, you are MAGI.C

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