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Type: External (1.0 and later)


DISKCOPY [d:] [d:][/1][/V][/M]

Purpose: Makes an exact copy of a diskette.


This command is used only for copying diskettes, not hard disks.

The first drive you specify is the drive for the source diskette. The second is the drive for the target diskette. DISKCOPY checks to determine if the disk in the target drive has been previously formatted. If not, DISKCOPY will format it before it starts the copy (except in early versions of DOS).

If the target drive is the same as the source drive (or if you do not enter a drive designator), the copying will be done using one drive. The program will prompt you when to insert each diskette.

For more information about the DISKCOPY command, see Chapter 2, Using Common DOS Commands, in the downloadable book DOS the Easy Way.


/1 - Copies only the first side of the diskette, even if the target diskette is double sided.
/V - Verifies that the source data was copied correctly onto the destination drive. Selecting this option will slow down the copying process.
/M - Forces DISKCOPY to use only conventional memory for interim storage during the copy procedure. Normally, DISKCOPY uses the hard disk for this purpose. (New with DOS Version 6.)
After copying, the program will display

Disk copy OK
Copy another (Y/N) ?__

If you press the letter Y key, you will be prompted to insert another disk to copy using the same parameters. Press the letter N key to terminate DISKCOPY.


To copy the contents of the disk in drive A to the disk in drive B (erasing any data already on the disk), enter

diskcopy a: b:
For more information about this command, refer to the downloadable book DOS the Easy Way.

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