> Since you already mentioned "very old floppies", does this mean some> of your 
> machines don't have (the appropriately-sized) floppy drives?
Yes, exactly.  I didn't elaborate earlier, but that is the case.  By floppies, 
I'm referring to the 3.5"  1.44mb ones although, I even have a few of the 5.25" 
variety.  Some of the 5.25" are 360k, but most of them are 1.2mb.  At least I 
don't have any 160k or 80k types.  When the 80k & 160k were being used, I was 
probably using cassette tapes.  I can say one good thing about the old data 
cassette tapes:  they made floppy drives seem really fast!   :)   I was so glad 
to finally be able use floppies vs tapes!  After I eventually got one, I 
thought HDs were so much superior than floppies, speed-wise.  (oops! I was 
daydreaming of the'old' days again)
You're right though, I have 3 modern PCs with Win 7 on them, none of which have 
a floppy drive controller.  So, I resurrected an older PC that does have a 
floppy controller. It's a P-III 733mhz that used to run Win 98 back in he late 
90s.  I must say, running old DOS software on the 733 is so much faster than 
what I used to run DOS in!  I think the latter DOS days were on a 486-66 or 
maybe it was the 386-40(not sure), though early on I started on an 8088, 2 360k 
floppies, no HD, monochrome (my first 'clone' PC).  
> Usually you can insert a USB jump drive before turning on (booting)> and the 
> BIOS should emulate it as a DOS drive for you, assuming it's> formatted as 
> (some variant of) FAT (-16, -32).> 
OK, thanks!  I didn't think of that.  I'm not 100% sure, but I bet I plugged in 
the flash drive _after_ booting as per Win!
> If not, you have to try something like Bret's USB drivers (and your> machine 
> must support UHCI) 
Sorry, what's UHCI?
> or (from modern Windows) try the RUFUS> (bootable DOS USB) installer.> > 
> So from old machine to new machine? Old machine has floppy but new> doesn't? 
> I assume you don't (or can't or won't) have networking on the> old machine 
> (understandable! frustrating!). If you did (maybe even> with mTCP + packet 
> driver), that'd be one way.
You're right on all counts.  I thought about using an ethernet network since 
the Win 7 PCs have it but wanted to avoid that headache if possible...   :)  
> > Otherwise, you have to have some drive (hard? floppy?) to install /> use 
> > with the other machine. 
I do have a USB floppy drive that _could_  work.  Using a flash drive would be 
a lot easier though.
> In fact, if you can get USB drive working,> you can copy files to and from 
> that with ease. This is probably easier> than constantly burning a CD-RW or 
> whatever.
 I was thinking by using CDs, though, I would benefit by having a good back-up 
and storage would be much more compact, (650mb vs 1.44mb).  Storage space is 
now a consideration for me especially since floppies are now obsolete?
> > There might be unofficial (buggy?) builds of cdrkit for DOS. I can't> 
> > remember the name or version of that alleged DOS (freeware?) CD> burning 
> > program, and I'm not sure how well it worked. IIRC, the main> problem was 
> > lacking an ASPI.SYS driver, which is proprietary (closed> source, not free 
> > nor libre). Hence I don't think FreeDOS proper ships> with such a thing 
> > (maybe they had an optional .BAT to use wget to grab> it back in the day, 
> > dunnno ...).> 
Thanx, for the tips!    At least I have some direction to go in now!   :)
> > A lot of peripherals depends on decent drivers. I think this is the> main 
> > problem (or advantage) with any OS these days. This is one big> reason why 
> > people stick to Linux or Windows. Unfortunately, DOS isn't> always 
> > supported (well, if at all) by hardware companies. Not trying> to be overly 
> > pessimistic, but it's the cold hard truth.> I agree.
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