HARD

DISK

COPY

Version 2.0

Documentation

HARD DISK COPY

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Chang Ping Lee ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

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Table Of Contents Disclaimer of warranty. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . License . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Terms of distribution . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Acknowledgements. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Main Features. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . System requirement and compatibility . . . . . . . . . . How to install and run HARD DISK COPY. . . . . . . . . . 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9

Command line arguments and examples. . . . . . . . . . . 10 How to use pull-down menus in HARD DISK COPY . . . . . . 12 Windows and button 7.1 Operation window. . 7.2 Information window. 7.3 GO button . . . . . 7.4 Progress window . . Commands reference 8.1 Source. . . . 8.2 Target. . . . 8.3 Action. . . . 8.4 GO. . . . . . 8.5 Bench . . . . 8.6 Option. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 13 13 13 14 14 14 14 14 14 14

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What is an image file. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Support and suggestions. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Introducing another fine product . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Registration benefit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19

HOW TO REGISTER ORDER FORM

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DISCLAIMER

OF WARRANTY

THIS SOFTWARE AND MANUAL ARE SUPPLIED "AS IS". THE AUTHOR HEREBY DISCLAIMS ALL WARRANTIES RELATING TO THIS SOFTWARE AND ITS DOCUMENTATION FILE, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO DAMAGE TO HARDWARE, SOFTWARE AND/OR DATA FROM USE OF THIS PRODUCT. IN NO EVENT WILL THE AUTHOR OF THIS SOFTWARE BE LIABLE TO YOU OR ANY OTHER PARTY FOR ANY DAMAGES. YOUR USE OF THIS SOFTWARE INDICATES THAT YOU HAVE READ AND AGREE TO THESE AND OTHER TERMS INCLUDED IN THIS DOCUMENTATION FILE. DUE TO THE NATURE OF EVOLVING PROGRAMMING AND THE VARIOUS HARDWARE AND SOFTWARE ENVIRONMENTS IN WHICH THIS SOFTWARE MAY BE USED, IT IS UNDERSTOOD THAT OCCASIONAL "BUGS" OR UNFITNESS MAY ARISE. THE USER SHOULD ALWAYS TEST THIS SOFTWARE THOROUGHLY WITH NON-CRITICAL DATA BEFORE RELYING ON IT.

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LICENSE HARD DISK COPY v2.0 is neither free software nor is it in the public domain. The software and its documentation, this file, are property of the author and may not be sold without written permission from the author. HARD DISK COPY v2.0 is distributed as shareware. This means that you are granted a limited license to use it for a period of 30 days. If you find it useful and decide to continue using it after the trial period, registration is required. Registered users will be granted a just-like-a-book license which means a registered version of the software can be used by more than one person and can be moved from one computer to another so long as there is NO POSSIBILITY of it being used by two different persons on two different computers at the same time, just like a book can not be read by two different persons in two different places at the same time. Site licenses for use of HARD DISK COPY on multiple computers are also available upon request at a reduced fee.

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TERMS OF DISTRIBUTION : Redistribution of HARD DISK COPY must include the software, its documentation file, order form and all supplemental files (see FILES.TXT) as a single unit without any modification AND subject to the following conditions : 1. Any individual is welcome to make copies for his/her friends and/or colleagues if NO FEE is charged. 2. Electronic bulletin boards, whether they charge or do not charge their users subscription fee, are welcome to post the program for down loading as long as they do not charge any fee in particular for the distribution of HARD DISK COPY. 3. Computer information services such as CompuServe (CIS), Genie, etc., may post this software for their subscribers. 4. Non-commercial user groups and computer clubs may distribute the program to their members if the fee charged for the diskette containing HARD DISK COPY does not exceed $10. 5. Disk vendors approved by the Association of Shareware Professionals or disk vendors who explain the concept of shareware in their ads that quote a price may distribute the shareware version of HARD DISK COPY. 6. Other commercial enterprises wishing to distribute HARD DISK COPY either alone or in combination with other hardware, software, books or materials must obtain permission in writing from the author.

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ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS The author of HARD DISK COPY sincerely wish to thank the following people. Klaus Schnack made great contributions by spending many hours testing several versions of HARD DISK COPY and provided many valuable suggestions. Joe Warjas, co-sysop of the PIE BBS, also provided many valuable suggestions.

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1. INTRODUCTION: HARD DISK COPY is a hard disk copying utility which copies from hard disk or image file to another hard disk or image file. HARD DISK COPY is ideal for backup purpose or multiple systems set up. With hard drive prices plunging, it becomes more and more feasible to use hard drive for backup purpose. Most users would think of XCOPY for this application. However, XCOPY needs to go through DOS file structure and as a result, hard drive needs to seek back and forth and result in more wear and tear than necessary. Moreover, many users have found XCOPY not working well with Windows 95 because of the long file name newly introduced. With HARD DISK COPY, these problems can be easily solved. HARD DISK COPY copies hard disks sector by sector. The process is fast and smooth. The number of hard drive seeks is reduced to minimum. Moreover, HARD DISK COPY has a fast mode with which users can copy only the portion of hard disk that contains useful data. For system administrators or PC shop owners, the nightmare of having to spend hours or even days for setting up many computers to the same configuration is over. With HARD DISK COPY, it can be done in minutes. The configuration can even be saved in an image file for later usage. Another application is that one can use HARD DISK COPY to save entire hard disk to an image file, remote transfer it to another computer and then restore the original configuration.

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2. MAIN FEATURES *** *** Performs sector copying of hard disks. Backup to and restore from image files.

*** Fast and smooth operation. Save wear and tear on hard drives. *** Fast mode that reads and writes only the portion that contains data and does not waste any time reading and writing the empty portion. *** Safety feature that saves information of source disk to image file. The information will be shown for confirmation purpose when the image file is restored to a hard disk. *** Friendly, informative and visually appealing user interface with mouse support. No need to go through a lengthy DOC file and you still couldn't remember all the options and switches. *** *** *** Command line arguments for working with batch files. Creates an exact image file of a hard disk. Highly efficient. Use only up to 128 KB of memory.

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3. SYSTEM REQUIREMENT AND COMPATIBILITY To run HARD DISK COPY you need 128K Bytes of free conventional memory. DOS v2.0 or higher is required. When copying to a hard disk, the source and target need to have the same capacity. Limitation : Fast mode only works on hard drives partitions with DOS FAT file system. CD-ROM not supported.

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4. HOW TO INSTALL AND RUN HARD DISK COPY It's easy! Just copy all the files to a directory created for HARD DISK COPY. In order to run the program anywhere you like you need to include the directory in the PATH defined in your AUTOEXEC.BAT file or create a one-line batch file containing the path of HDCP.EXE. To run the program type "HDCP" followed by the "enter" key. Best performance can be achieved by copying between different physical hard drives. If the source and target are on different partitions of the same physical hard drive, the speed may be slowed down significantly.

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5. COMMAND LINE ARGUMENTS AND EXAMPLES There are five options you can specify using command line arguments. You can find detailed description in this section or run "HDCP /?" to get a summery on line. In addition, you can also specify source, and/or target disk/ image file on the command line. See examples at the end of this section. Note that the '+' sign after any option can be omitted. /b followed by +/-. Set Boot-Sector ON/OFF. When ON the program will copy boot sector (sector 0) too. Otherwise the copy process starts at sector 1. Note that this option does not apply when target is an image file. In other words, an image file will always include the boot sector of the source disk it was copied from. Default of this option is ON. followed by +/-. Set Fast ON/OFF. When ON the program will only read/write the portion with active data and skip empty portion of hard disks. Default of this option is ON. followed by +/-. Set Interface ON/OFF. When ON the program will go to the interactive menu after the initialization stage. Otherwise, it will perform the copying process in the command line mode. When set to OFF, source and target also need to be specified on the command line. Default of this option is OFF. followed by +/-. Set "mono in color" mode. In a color system, you can use /o+ to force HARD DISK COPY run in black and white. Default is -. followed by +/-. Set Sound ON/OFF. Default is ON. define file_name as source or target image file.

/f

/i

/o

/s

file_name drive:

define a hard drive as source or target drive.

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EXAMPLES: HDCP /b+fSet Boot-sector ON and Fast mode OFF. Entire disk from the first sector to the last will be copied. Same as the last example. The '+' can be and is omitted.

HDCP /bf-

HDCP /i- C: I: Copy C: drive to I: drive without using the interactive interface. HDCP C: I:ABC Copy C: drive to an image file named ABC in the current directory of I: drive. Interactive menu will show up and users need to press the "GO" button to start the copying process. HDCP I:ABC C: Restore from an image file named ABC in the current directory of I: drive to C: drive. interactive interface will show up and users need to press the "GO" button to start the copying process.

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6. HOW TO USE PULL-DOWN MENUS IN HARD DISK COPY After you type HDCP followed by the "enter" key, the Shareware screen appears. Press the enter key again, after three seconds, and the Main Menu appears. SELECT : To select a command, use the arrow keys or simply press the highlighted letter. EXECUTE : To execute a command, press the enter key after you have selected the command. ESC key : You can press the ESC key to interrupt a Read or Write action. Mouse : When prompted you can click the left button on an answer. You can also click the right button to signal an interrupt. Clicking the right button is the same as pressing the ESC key.

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7. WINDOWS AND BUTTON There are three windows and one button in the interactive menu of HARD DISK COPY. 7.1 OPERATION window : After you have specified either source or target disk, this window will show up. It shows you the source, target and the kind of operation it will perform. In shareware version, COPY is the only operation. In registered version, users can choose among COPY, COMPARE and COPY with on-the-fly COMPARE. 7.2 INFORMATION window : After you have specified the source disk, this window will show up. It shows you sector layout and other useful information about the source disk. For example, if the source is an image file, this window will show you when and from where the image file was created. 7.3 GO button : After you have specified both source and target disk, the GO button will show up under the OPERATION window. When GO button is in red color, the operation will be destructive (i.e. COPY or COPY with on-the-fly COMPARE.) When GO button is in white color, the operation will be non-destructive (i.e. COMPARE.) 7.4 PROGRESS window : After you have pressed the GO button and the program starts the operation this window will show up. It shows you the status of the copying or comparing process. When the title of this window is in red color, the operation will be destructive (i.e. COPY or COPY with on-the-fly COMPARE.) When it is in green color, the operation will be non-destructive (i.e. COMPARE.)

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8. COMMAND REFERENCE 8.1 Source: Specify the source disk to be a hard drive or an image file created previously by HARD DISK COPY. 8.2 Target: Specify the target disk to be a hard drive or an image file. 8.3 Action: Specify the operation to be performed. In shareware version, only COPY is available. In registered version, two additional operations are available: COMPARE and COPY with on-the-fly comparison. 8.4 GO: Start operation. 8.5 BENCH: Benchmark the sequential read speed of a hard drive. 8.6 OPTION: Set the following options. "Fast ON" means don't read/write empty portion of source and target disks. "Boot ON" will include boot sector in the operation.

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9. WHAT IS AN IMAGE FILE ? An image file is created by reading the source disk sector by sector, track by track in the original order. It contains every bit of information of the source disk.

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10. SUPPORT AND SUGGESTIONS If you need support or you have comments, suggestions, or you believe there is a bug in the program, feel free to contact me, whether you are a registered user or not. You can contact me in four ways, listed below according to their timeliness. Registered users do have priority but I will try to help anyone in need. 1. PIE BBS in Sunnyvale, CA, U.S.A. (408) 733-4670 3 nodes with 28,800 USR Dual Standard V.everything. I check my mail almost daily on the PIE BBS. For the fastest response please send your message to CHANG LEE in the Shareware Authors Conference on this BBS. Effective 8/1/92 The PIE BBS has graciously allowed me to use their BBS as the main distribution point for HARD DISK COPY (HDCP.) I will personally upload the most current version of HDCP to this BBS. -----> HDCP is a free download to all callers on the PIE BBS.

2. Shareware conferences on ILINK. I monitor ILINK conference almost daily. If your local BBS carries it you are welcome to send your message to CHANG LEE via this conferences. 3. CompuServe Information Service (CIS) I check my mail at least once a week on CIS and will get back to you as soon as I receive your mail. Please send your mail to 71053,3517. 4. You can also send your suggestions, questions and/or registration to the following address. Chang Ping Lee P.O. Box 60064 Palo Alto, CA 94306

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11. INTRODUCING ANOTHER FINE PRODUCT DISK COPY FAST DISK COPY FAST is a powerful 1-pass diskette duplication utility which makes copies of Microsoft DMF, IBM XDF, selected FDFORMAT, 800KB and standard formats (1.44 MB, 720 KB, 1.2 MB and 360 KB) floppy disks. It can also be used to copy Mac HD disk on PC platform. DMF (1.7MB on 3.5" HD disk) is the new format used by Microsoft in new releases of many of its products such as Windows 95 and NT. XDF (1.8MB on 3.5" HD disk) is the new format used by IBM in its OS/2 Warp release. MAIN FEATURES: 1. Incredibly fast. Please see DCF51.DOC for benchmark details. 2. Can performs the DOS commands FORMAT, DISKCOPY and DISKCOMP all in one single pass. 3. Command line or menu driven. 4. Command line arguments or hot keys for backup or mass production. 5. Work with batch file. 6. Mouse support. No keyboard anywhere except on-line registration. 7. Has advanced options for extra safety protection. 8. Can skip empty portion of diskettes to save copying time. 9. Can utilizes (but does not require) extended memory. 10. Smart and improved auto-sensing feature. Prompt only when diskette not present or needs to be changed. 11. User friendly with on-line help. 12. User configurable, including menu color (color or black and white), default options, menu style and keystrokes requirement.

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13. Works with 4 drive systems. 14. Supports PC, XT, AT or compatible. HAS visually appealing interface which works on monochrome, CGA, EGA, VGA and SVGA. 15. Minimum hardware requirement. Only needs 200KB of RAM to run the program. Only needs hard disk with transfer rate 200 KB/sec or better to achieve optimal copying speed. DISK COPY FAST is available by anonymous ftp to garbo.uwasa.fi, directory /pc/diskcopy, file name dcf51.zip. You can also down the same file from PIE BBS at (408) 733-4670.

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12. REGISTRATION BENEFIT If you find HARD DISK COPY useful and would like to continue using the program please register. The fee is only $20.00 plus shipping and handling. In return, you will receive the following benefit. 1. More commands that allow you to COMPARE and COPY with onthe-fly comparison. 2. Support limited format conversion. Source and target can have different capacity, but the cluster sizes still need to be the same and the target must be large enough to hold the active portion of source disk. 3. No initial delay and no registration reminder screen. Batch file users can enjoy no keystroke operation. 4. Personalized appreciation screen. Your name will be part of of the program and will be shown at the initial screen. 5. Free telephone support.

This page : order information and payment methods. Next page : order form. You can also run REGISTER.EXE which helps you fill out the order form. 1. Information: Please see page 3 of HDCP20.DOC file for license agreement. 2. Order directly from DCF Software: Please send order form with payment to DCF Software. The following payment methods are accepted. a. Checks in US funds drawn on a US bank. b. Eurocheque. Payment must be in US dollars. Please add additional six US dollars to cover bank charge. c. Money order issued by banks, post office or American Express. Payment must be in US dollars. d. Credit card (VISA or Master Card.) Products must be mailed to the same person (card holder.) Payment by cash is discouraged as the author can not be responsible for any loss in the mail. It happened twice that the author couldn't find any payment in the envelope while users said they did enclose cash. When this happens products will NOT be mailed!

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