An crossover ethernet cable some ethernet cards and a bit of software is
all you need.
keep asking - need more dteails on the older machine, and teh newer...
Alternatively, if you have a friendly computer store - a one man band
with a pony tailed hacker typically - somewhere in teh neighborhood, get
them to do it for you for a small fee.
They may in fact be able to fit a 5 1/4" disk to the new machine,
provided the old one is of a reasonably compatible nature (i.e. runs
MSDOS, not Atari Battle station X blaster we rolled our own operating
system etc etc.)
In the final analysis, a mid range old Unix machine and a good softwre
guy can pobably read the diskjs and recover the data.
On Wed, 23 Jul 2003 11:07:22 +0100, The Natural Philosopher wrote:
Getting a network interface working under DOS can be fun, not to
mention that the "old" computer is a Compaq, they really did do things
"their own (incompatible) way" and still do to a certain extent.
Of course the old machine may only have ISA slots not PCI so getting a
suitable network card and it's DOS drivers might be fun.
As I see it the simplest solution is to bung a 3.5" drive in the old
machine, assuming that the floppy cable has the required female DIL
socket not just PCB edge connectors for 5.25" drives and that the PSU
has a miniature power connector.
Next I'd go for a null modem serial connection and (failing to find my
little ZIP program) a couple of ordinary communications programs at
each end using z-modem or similar to transfer the data. Windows
Terminal will do on the window box and there are any number of free
DOS programs about.
This would be a file by file operation though rather than disc by
disc, of course one could zip up each 5.25" disc to a single file and
Dave. pam is missing e-mail
either needs to follow the "plug the drive in outside the box" route, or use
something like Laplink for DOS, which will also run on Windows:
Laplink comes with a cable (or at least it did when I bought it some years
ago!), and you can install it on either PC and then transfer it to the other
using the cable and a DOS command which is detailed in the instructions.
Dunno whether you can still get it though - it is still listed in the
laplink site www.laplink.com but not on www.laplink.co.uk .
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You have probably had all of the usefull answers to this already -
however a few other bits of info that might help.
If the old computer had DOS 6 then it has Interlink - this is a little
server program you run on the DOS computer and a client to run on the
new computer to remotely "mount" it's drives.
You can get laplink style parallel link cables from Maplin if you need.
These work with laplink, Fastlynx, and Interlink. Order code is BJ27E
costs a tenner. Failing that you could make your own see here:
If you wanted to get a "real" network up and running on the DOS box then
you can get a suitable boot disk with the required network drivers etc
(good site for getting out of all sorts of tight spots!)
Another option not discussed is just using a straight null modem serial
lead with a standard BBS style comms package running on both ends and
transferring files with ZModem. Hyperterminal will do it on the new
computer, and a old DOS package like Procomm, Telix (free), or any of
the many varieties that used to come bundled with modems etc.
Back on the topic of moving drives - if you can't get the 5.25" drive in
the new case - could you stick a 3.5" floppy drive in the old case as
well as its 5.25" drive so you can copy the files that way?
I'm glad I read the whole thread first John, as this was my thought as well.
Why not put another drive in the old machine and transfer the files to it,
then put it in to the new machine. The only problem I can see is the
formatting between the two operating systems but I'm sure someone can come
up with an answer to that.
I could be wrong, but I have an idea that Compaq altered their floppy
drive interface such that their drives weren't comptible with other
A laplink type connection is probably the way to go. I have done this
many, many times with laplink, interlink, and PC anywhere.
If you want to get in touch Mary, I can sort you out with a suitable
cable and software for your slave's pc :=))
I have managed to use old files written in WP51 (dos) on a 386 system driven
by DOS 5 backed up to a 120 MB Jumbo tape streamer via the dos prog that
came with it and download onto a P3 Win 98 computer. I am able to read all
these files with WORD 98 with out error. I don't think there will be too
many probs on the software side
One piece, one button suit, timeless fashion. All made by the same
manufacturer, no designer label, everybody has one.
Must admit I forgot the obvious solution....
BTW. I still have a 5.25" floppy setup here for such purposes - so again
feel free to snail mail some disks and I can transfer them as well.....
In case anyone else has a similar problem:
I can access data from the following 5.25" formats (In theory anyway -
years since some of the kit has been turned on!):
PC/MS DOS 360K, & 1.2Mb
CP/M 86 format
Commodore SDSS 170K (i.e. VIC20, C64, 128 etc)
Commodore DSSD 340K (i.e. C128 / 1571 format)
Plus various CP/M formats like Kaypro 2 & 4, Epson QX10, IBM 8/9 Sector,
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