How to recognize C: drive from floppy DOS backup

By craigjunkmail ·
I need to get into my C drive to rename a corrupted Windows file. When I open windows, my PC crashes before I have time for options.

Through research, the easiest way to do this seems to be to format a floppy disk and make a DOS backup. I did that. A summary of my experience is below. In short, I can get the A: prompt, but I cannot get it to recognize my C drive. I'm 99% there...I just need to get over this one last hurdle!

I made the backup DOS boot disk two nights ago, but when I got home and tried to load it I got the following error:

Disk I/O error
Replace the disk, and then press any key

I figured the DOS program wasn't being recognized on my Dell for some reason, so I went back to my work PC today and recreated the boot disk. Afterwards, I renamed to mode.exe.

I tried loading that new boot disk and I had success...the PC gave me a A> prompt. I thought I was in the clear. I typed "cd C:/windows/system32" and received "Invalid drive specification". I tried "cd C:" and received the same error.

How can I get my PC to recognize my C drive through the MS-DOS floppy backup?

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This should serve as a warning.........

by ThumbsUp2 In reply to IT WORKED

... You've been through the scare. Now, it's time to get those pictures and other critical documents backed up. You've seen how easy it is to loose them.

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