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Anonymous
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November 30, 2004 11:33:37 PM

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I am on XP/SP1.

I want to make a backup copy of a Windows 98 boot diskette.

Using XP, I can copy other diskettes but when I try to copy the Win98
boot diskette I get a message saying -

"Error: Unable to Copy Disks On This Drive".


Why is this? And how can I copy my W98 boot diskette?
Anonymous
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November 30, 2004 11:33:38 PM

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Maerko <nomail@mail.com> wrote:

>Using XP, I can copy other diskettes but when I try to copy the Win98
>boot diskette I get a message saying -

> "Error: Unable to Copy Disks On This Drive".

>Why is this? And how can I copy my W98 boot diskette?

I'd guess that there's something wrong with your Win98 boot disk.
Floppies don't last forever. You could go to www.bootdisk.com and get
another one.

--
Tim Slattery
MS MVP(DTS)
Slattery_T@bls.gov
Anonymous
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December 1, 2004 12:18:48 AM

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Maerko <nomail@mail.com> wrote in message news:95B1D126E2D604Af7S@204.153.244.156...
> I am on XP/SP1.
>
> I want to make a backup copy of a Windows 98 boot diskette.
>
> Using XP, I can copy other diskettes but when I try to copy the Win98
> boot diskette I get a message saying -
>
> "Error: Unable to Copy Disks On This Drive".
>
>
> Why is this?

An old NT problem that was not fixed in XP, perhaps.

> And how can I copy my W98 boot diskette?

When it asks for the destination disk, insert the disk.

Do NOT click OK.

Start Explorer, and select the A: drive.
Wait until Explorer has recognized the floppy and the light has gone off.

Then return to the disk copy procedure and click OK.
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Anonymous
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December 1, 2004 12:20:11 AM

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On 30 Nov 2004, Tim Slattery wrote:

> Maerko <nomail@mail.com> wrote:
>
>>Using XP, I can copy other diskettes but when I try to copy the
>>Win98 boot diskette I get a message saying -
>
>> "Error: Unable to Copy Disks On This Drive".
>
>>Why is this? And how can I copy my W98 boot diskette?
>
> I'd guess that there's something wrong with your Win98 boot
> disk. Floppies don't last forever. You could go to
> www.bootdisk.com and get another one.



Diskette seems fine. I can read its contents OK.

Doesn't the message indicate that there is a problem with XP and the
drive itself?
Anonymous
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December 1, 2004 5:05:28 AM

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If Win XP can copy other floppies, I would say the problem is that Win98
disk.
Try copying the bootdisk to a clean folder on the hard drive, then copy that
to a freshly format floppy.

"Maerko" <nomail@mail.com> wrote in message
news:95B1D90BA64A64Af7S@130.133.1.4...
> On 30 Nov 2004, Tim Slattery wrote:
>
>> Maerko <nomail@mail.com> wrote:
>>
>>>Using XP, I can copy other diskettes but when I try to copy the
>>>Win98 boot diskette I get a message saying -
>>
>>> "Error: Unable to Copy Disks On This Drive".
>>
>>>Why is this? And how can I copy my W98 boot diskette?
>>
>> I'd guess that there's something wrong with your Win98 boot
>> disk. Floppies don't last forever. You could go to
>> www.bootdisk.com and get another one.
>
>
>
> Diskette seems fine. I can read its contents OK.
>
> Doesn't the message indicate that there is a problem with XP and the
> drive itself?
>
Anonymous
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December 1, 2004 10:41:38 PM

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>>>>Using XP, I can copy other diskettes but when I try to copy
>>>>the Win98 boot diskette I get a message saying -
>>>> "Error: Unable to Copy Disks On This Drive".
>>>>Why is this? And how can I copy my W98 boot diskette?
>>>
>>>
>>> I'd guess that there's something wrong with your Win98 boot
>>> disk. Floppies don't last forever. You could go to
>>> www.bootdisk.com and get another one.
>>
>> Diskette seems fine. I can read its contents OK.
>>
>> Doesn't the message indicate that there is a problem with XP
>> and the drive itself?


On 01 Dec 2004, Tod wrote:
>
> If Win XP can copy other floppies, I would say the problem is
> that Win98 disk.
> Try copying the bootdisk to a clean folder on the hard drive,
> then copy that to a freshly format floppy.

And yet I can boot off that same W98 diskette.
December 1, 2004 10:41:39 PM

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> And yet I can boot off that same W98 diskette.

Booting from and disccopying are two different operations.

I can boot from majorily damaged disk, providing that boot operations do not
try to access damaged areas on the disk Disccopy performs duplication of the
whole floppy, not just a boot and system portions.
Anonymous
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December 1, 2004 10:46:32 PM

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>> Using XP, I can copy other diskettes but when I try to copy the
>> Win98 boot diskette I get a message saying -
>> "Error: Unable to Copy Disks On This Drive".
>> How can I copy this W98 boot diskette?


On 01 Dec 2004, Hugh Candlin wrote:
>
> When it asks for the destination disk, insert the disk.
> Do NOT click OK.
> Start Explorer, and select the A: drive.
> Wait until Explorer has recognized the floppy and the light has
> gone off.
> Then return to the disk copy procedure and click OK.


The error message appears *before* the copy window asks for the
destination diskette. The error appears as soon as I press Start.

Out of interest, I put a floppy diskette in the drive then launched
Win Explorer. I then keyed in "B:\" (without quotes) in the Win
Explorer address bar. I got a message saying "B:\ refers to a
location that is unavailable. It could be on a hard drive on this
computer, or on a network. [etc]"

Do other people get the same?

Maybe XP is trying to copy from A: to B: anf it can't find B: on my
system?
Anonymous
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December 1, 2004 10:46:33 PM

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At the CMD prompt try

Diskcopy a: a:



Maerko wrote:

>>>Using XP, I can copy other diskettes but when I try to copy the
>>>Win98 boot diskette I get a message saying -
>>> "Error: Unable to Copy Disks On This Drive".
>>>How can I copy this W98 boot diskette?
>>>
>
>
> On 01 Dec 2004, Hugh Candlin wrote:
>
>>When it asks for the destination disk, insert the disk.
>>Do NOT click OK.
>>Start Explorer, and select the A: drive.
>>Wait until Explorer has recognized the floppy and the light has
>>gone off.
>>Then return to the disk copy procedure and click OK.
>>
>
>
> The error message appears *before* the copy window asks for the
> destination diskette. The error appears as soon as I press Start.
>
> Out of interest, I put a floppy diskette in the drive then launched
> Win Explorer. I then keyed in "B:\" (without quotes) in the Win
> Explorer address bar. I got a message saying "B:\ refers to a
> location that is unavailable. It could be on a hard drive on this
> computer, or on a network. [etc]"
>
> Do other people get the same?
>
> Maybe XP is trying to copy from A: to B: anf it can't find B: on my
> system?
>
Anonymous
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December 2, 2004 1:22:43 AM

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On 01 Dec 2004, Bob I wrote:

> At the CMD prompt try
>
> Diskcopy a: a:
>


YES! Works nice. So why doesn't copying a disk work in my XP?



> Maerko wrote:
>
>>>>Using XP, I can copy other diskettes but when I try to copy
>>>>the Win98 boot diskette I get a message saying -
>>>> "Error: Unable to Copy Disks On This Drive".
>>>>How can I copy this W98 boot diskette?
>>>>
>>
>>
>> On 01 Dec 2004, Hugh Candlin wrote:
>>
>>>When it asks for the destination disk, insert the disk.
>>>Do NOT click OK.
>>>Start Explorer, and select the A: drive.
>>>Wait until Explorer has recognized the floppy and the light has
>>>gone off.
>>>Then return to the disk copy procedure and click OK.
>>>
>>
>>
>> The error message appears *before* the copy window asks for the
>> destination diskette. The error appears as soon as I press
>> Start.
>>
>> Out of interest, I put a floppy diskette in the drive then
>> launched Win Explorer. I then keyed in "B:\" (without quotes)
>> in the Win Explorer address bar. I got a message saying "B:\
>> refers to a location that is unavailable. It could be on a hard
>> drive on this computer, or on a network. [etc]"
>>
>> Do other people get the same?
>>
>> Maybe XP is trying to copy from A: to B: anf it can't find B:
>> on my system?
>>
>
>
!