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Copying install floppies to CD

By wyldwezl ·
I have a small number of old programs that are still on floppy disks (multiple disks). One in particular I must install before I can apply the far better upgrade which is on CD.

I'm having to rebuild my machine soon, and would like to make theinstall a whole lot faster by putting the files onto CD-R and then installing them from there. Also, since CDs are prone to damage and faulty reads moreso than CDs, I'd like to be able to archive the program there.

How do I get the install program to look for, say, disk2 on the CD. I have had no success just copying the various files into subdirectories of "disk1," "disk2," etc. The initial install program works but when it goes to look for the next disk it won't find it and there's no option to tell it where to look.

I'm suspecting there must be some sort of info in an .inf file or something similar. Anything I've explored looks like gobbledygook or some sort of alien language-- sorry, I don't read hex.

Any help is appreciated.

bobf

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by Ann777 In reply to Copying install floppies ...

Generally, you need to treat the floppy disk as the root of the cd. In other words, if the floppy disk has DISK1 and files under it, you'd copy DISK1 to a folder on the cd and all the files within. If the floppy only has files, then you need to copy them to the root of the CD. Then the install will be fine.

Even the older floppies that have like a disk1.inf, disk2.inf, etc. will work fine when copied in this manner.

The only thing you really need to look out for is files with the exact same name and and readme.txt type of files that may change on each floppy.

The other option if you don't want to put everything in the root of the cd... then put one folder with the program name and put each floppy under that program name. then direct the install to the cd and folder name.

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by wyldwezl In reply to Copying install floppies ...

not your fault-- it's a software quirk and it wants the A drive every time. So, the program is backed up to CD and I will have to make new diskettes each time I want to load it.

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by tjc In reply to Copying install floppies ...

And also be on the look out for programs that, sure they can be copied to a cd but will not run from a cd, or will default to the A: drive for things. The company i work for sell a dos program that we write that is designed specifially to be run from the A: or B: drive and also we have another program that needs to modify the disk during install. So even if you do what you have set out to do - you will have to test it all to make sure you have it or at least be able to mirror the disks onto thecd and then when you have to install copy the disks back to disk form and then use the install program.

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by wyldwezl In reply to Copying install floppies ...

looks like this is the case-- no workaround.

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