Not booting from USB but reading FLASH on USB as a drive letter like a
I do it all the time. I read the camera flash and play the movies and
look at pictures
on flash. Flash is usually drive E: Unfornunately you can only read one
at a time unless you can run DUSE which only works on a Cypress chip set.
On Mon, 04 Aug 2014 12:18:58 +0200 Mateusz Viste <mate...@viste.fr>
> Hi all,
> Thank you all for your replies! I was assuming network transfers
> as this seems the only proper way, and I've been surprised how many
> us still use non-networked file transfers methods :)
> Here below I list all methods that have been mentioned, along with a
> short comment on each.
> * Floppies/CD (Zbigniew, Rugxulo)
> - really slow. floppies are hard to get nowadays. Burning a CD
> time I need to transfer a few KiBs of files seems wasteful.
> * Double boot - either to copy files from one partition to another,
> move data using 'modern' means (Matej, Dennis, John)
> - rebooting into another OS just to copy some files can be a
> * Booting from USB as a mean of accessing USB flash drives (Matej,
> - as above, requires a reboot to exchange files. plus, not every
> have USB. and these that have it, don't necessarily know how to boot
> from it.
> * Running a mTCP FTP server on the DOS machine (Matej, Michael,
> - this is nice, although I'd prefer keeping the DOS PC as a
> * Running a FTP server on remote server, and connecting from DOS via
> FTP client (Michael, Rugxulo)
> - this is definitely my preferred way so far. And it would be
> if there was a nice FTP client for DOS. There are a few CLI FTP
> already, but using FTP over CLI is not very convenient. A NC-style
> tool would be awesome. I didn't know about Necromancer DOS
> ability to access FTP drives (mostly because I was using an older
> version of NDN without this feature) - this looks like the perfect
> Unfortunately it looks like NDN doesn't like my networking
> environnement. It's able to connect to my FTP server one time out of
> and then the connectivity goes down after few seconds anyway. I will
> have to check this out. Not sure how its TCP/IP stack ("SabreTooth")
> supposed to be configurable..
> * Using a CF->IDE adapter (Alain)
> - Requires a reboot (or even worse - a halt/change CF/start
> * Using parallel transfers via winlink (Ulrich)
> - this sounds nice, but as far as I understand it requires a
> OS on the "host" computer. And a parallel interface (which I don't
> on my laptop).
> Finally, the FTP method looks like the fastest/most convenient one.
> Setting up a FTP server on a remote host is easy. Only problem is to
> have a humanly convenient way to use FTP from within FreeDOS. The
> version (2010) of NDN looks very promising, and it's the only DOS
> client known to me that presents a user-friendly interface.
> Unfortunately it's either buggy or incompatible with something I
> or I don't know how to configure its exotic (FreePascal?) networking
> stack. But definitely worth some investigations!
> On 08/01/2014 02:23 PM, Mateusz Viste wrote:
> > Hello,
> > That's a question to those of you who happen to still keep an
> > hardware machine dedicated to DOS tasks...
> > How do you transfer files between your main computer and your
> > FreeDOS-powered machine ?
> > Myself, I haven't found any really creative solution so far, and
> rely on
> > one of these:
> > - using the DOS port of SCP (this works both ways, but not very
> > user-friendly)
> > - putting files on my gopher server, and fetching them from my
> DOS PC
> > using a gopher client (works only if I need to copy files TO the
> > workstation, but not the other way around)
> > Obviously, both solutions are quite annoying. Best would be to
> have some
> > kind of file manager similar to Norton Commander that would allow
> > accessing a remote network drive from DOS...
> > Just wondering how others do.
> > Back in old days I was using the LapLink application. It was
> > targeted to serial/parallel file transfers, but IIRC since v5.00
> > transfers were supported, too. Anyway, it's not really an option
> > anymore, since it needs a LapLink program running on both sides,
> so it
> > would still be a nice (although non-free) solution for DOS -> DOS
> > transfers, but not if your 'real' workstation is running Linux or
> > FreeBSD (or Windows, but hopefully nobody uses that anymore) ;)
> > Mateusz
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