NewDeal Technical Support Document 253
BACK UP ORIGINAL PROGRAM DISKS
Procedure to make back up copies of your NewDeal
There are two reasons you may wish to duplicate your
original installation disks: to make a backup in case the originals
become lost or damaged, or to copy the original disks to a different
disk size or format. The original disks are not copy protected,
so you can easily make duplicates following the instructions below.
Making backup copies for archival purposes
To copy the disks for archival purposes,
you need the same number and type of diskettes as the originals.
Write protect the original disks for safety first. Then, in NewManager,
choose Disk, then Copy Disk to duplicate them. You must use
the same size source and destination disks, so be prepared to swap
the original and copy in and out of the drive. It is not possible
to use Copy Disk to copy from one size disk to another.
Copying to a different disk size or format
To copy the disks to a different format,
you'll need access to a computer which contains both sizes of
disk drive. Perhaps a friend has a computer with both sizes of
drive, perhaps you have access to such a machine where you work,
or maybe there's one you can use at your local library.
You must copy the installation diskettes
to disks of a higher capacity than the originals. The following
chart shows the possible formats. Copying to lower capacity disks
than the originals will not work. For example, if you wish to copy
from 3.5" 720K Low Density to 5.25" 360K Low Density, you will need
to use the procedure explained at the end of this document. What
follows is a list of combinations that can be copied from disk
The source or original disk contains the NewDeal software and
the destination disk is the copy.
Keep in mind that the destination disk must always have a larger
disk capacity than the source disk.
|5.25" 360K Low Density
||3.5" 720K Low Density
|3.5" 720K Low Density
||5.25" 1.2MB High Density
|5.25 1.2 MB High Density
||3.5" 1.44 MB High Density
Before you begin
- Put a paper label on each destination disk, to help you keep track.
- Remember you need the same number of destination disks as there are
- Write protect your original NewDeal diskettes.
For 3.5" disks, move the write protect tab on the upper right side
of the disk to the open position. On 5.25" disks, place an adhesive
tab on the upper right side of the disk to cover the slot.
Making the copies
- Put in Disk #1 of the NewDeal software, (the first source disk), and
VOL A: (or B:, if the disk is in the B: drive)
Write the volume label, for example NEWDEAL 1, on the
first destination disk's paper label. You will not need the volume
- If your disks aren't formatted, format them.
For high density diskettes, use the command:
FORMAT A: (or B: , if the
disk is in the B: drive)
For 720K diskettes, the command is:
FORMAT A: /F:720
(This command will work if you are using MS-DOS 4.x or newer
or DR-DOS 5.x or newer. For other versions of DOS, consult
your DOS manual.)
At the end of the formatting process, you
will be prompted to enter a volume label. Enter a name for
each diskette, but not the volume label from step 1 above.
- Place the source disk #1 in drive A: and destination disk #1 in drive B:.
At the DOS prompt, enter:
XCOPY A:\ B:\ /s /e
- Repeat steps 1 through 4 with all remaining
- Finally, rename the disks with the correct volume labels.
Place each of the destination diskettes in the drive and enter
where NEWDEAL_1 is the name you wrote on the paper
label for each disk.
- If you are unsure of the volume labels, then make sure
your diskettes have no volume labels.
What if I want to copy 3.5" LD or 5.25" HD to 5.25" LD?
It is not possible to copy the contents of a higher capacity disk to a
lower capacity disk. However, you can install the software to the hard
drive of a machine with both types of drives and then use the DOS programs
BACKUP and RESTORE commands to move the software to the destination
machine. For example, if you needed 5.25" 360K Low Density disks to
install on your XT with a low density drive, but you have 3.5"
720K Low Density disks, you would do the following:
- Install the 3.5" disks to a machine
that has both a 3.5" and a 5.25" disk drive. Have several
5.25" Low density disks formatted in advance. Be sure to
format low density 5.25" 360K disks on a low density disk
drive. Formatting low density disks on a high density drive can
cause problems reading those disks on a low density drive.
- Use the DOS command BACKUP to copy the program files and
subdirectories to the 5.25" low density disks. At the DOS
BACKUP C:\NEWDEAL\*.* /S A:
(Note: If you have installed your NewDeal software somewhere other than
C:\NEWDEAL, or if the 5.25" drive is not A:, substitute the
appropriate drive letter and directory name.)
- Use the DOS command RESTORE to copy the installed software
to the other computer. At the DOS prompt, enter:
RESTORE A: /S C:
Follow the on screen RESTORE instructions until the process is complete.
Last Modified 17 Feb 1999