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    Default Cloning an old hard drive

    My mom has an old Unisys 286 computer with a lot of data on it from my childhood. The computer still boots and works correctly and I want to make a copy of everything that's on it. However, my only way of getting data on/off the computer is with 1.2M floppy disks or possibly with a Gotek floppy emulator(if I take the computer apart). Are there any old DOS programs(similar to an installer) out there that allow you to bundle a set of files across multiple floppy disks?
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    Pkzip.

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    DOS has backup and restore. You could also use laplink (or fastlynx). I used ghost and an XT-IDE to backup a hard card from an old dead compaq, that I had installed in a 5160. Some versions of ghost support serial port images too.

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    Why floppies? The Unisys box has a parallel printer port (and probably a serial port). Why not Laplink?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chuck(G) View Post
    Why floppies? The Unisys box has a parallel printer port (and probably a serial port). Why not Laplink?
    I hadn't thought of that. I'll have to look into it. I've never used Laplink before.
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    Oldie but a goodie. MS came out with a clone with Interlink/Intersrvr, which may also work on your 286 system. I think it came out with MSDOS 5.

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    fastlynx is better, in my opinion, because you can use the DOS client on the old computer and send data to a windows client on the new machine.

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    Another idea: Would an XT-IDE be able to co-exist with the MFM controller? If so, I might be able to directly copy from one drive to another.
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    Yes, that's how I did it with ghost. MFM hardcard with an XT-IDE and a CF card. It worked fine. You could also just xcopy, but I wanted to see if ghost would work on something so old.

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    Yep, common use for XT-IDEs: copy the original onto whatever is hooked up to the XT-IDE, then remove the original and let the XT-IDE replace it.

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