DriveCopy: Upgrade your hard disk the easy way
by Roland Hechtenberg
After upgrading the first hard disk of my main computer from 2.5 GB to 4.0 GB the hard way, I decided to try the easy way with DriveCopy to upgrade the hard disk of my spare computer from 1.2 GB to the 2.5 GB disk taken out of my main computer.
Reading the explanations, everything sounded very simple.
Prepare a system diskette to boot the computer, connect the new hard disk as master and the old hard disk as slave, boot the computer from the floppy, switch to the DriveCopy diskette, type PQDC and press Enter, enter "Y" and press Enter to start the process, and then wait a little while.
As my spare computer has one hard disk drawer connected to the primary controller and a second one connected to the secondary controller together with a CD-ROM drive, I configured both drives as master and inserted the new drive into the drawer connected to the primary controller, while the old one went into the drawer connected to the secondary controller. On booting, the computer recognized both hard drives without problems.
The first problem came when PQDC started to run and I got a screen full of "high ASCII". Although I had made the system diskette with Win95J, the Japanese part was not on the diskette. Under reference to the manual, I entered "Y" and pressed the Enter key. Seeing a second Y/N prompt, I again entered "Y", and after some activity, the program seemed to be finished, and pressing any key resulted in a reboot.
Next, I configured the new drive as master, the old drive as slave, and inserted them into the drawers of my main computer, where both drawers are connected to the primary controller. After again booting with Japanese PC-DOS, the program ran without major problems. Although I got a few messages complaining about lost clusters etc., all three partitions were copied, and when I booted the spare computer with the new hard disk (reconfigured as only disk), Windows booted without problems.
In the latest DOS/V Magazine, I saw advertising for DriveImage by the same company, with the English version supposed to be sold from October 24 on, with a free upgrade to the Japanese version in December.
This program is supposed to be able to be used for hard-drive imaging for fast backups, upgrades, and system recovery.
The list price is ¥15,800 as compared to ¥6,000 for DriveCopy.
Now a few (choice) words in regard to the license enclosed with DriveCopy. @#$%^&*()(*&^#%^&
The company is offering four types of licences:
Considering how often you will upgrade your hard disk, I am not sure that this is the right way to go about licensing!
Perhaps I will have to consider selling my copy of DiskCopy to someone who wants to upgrade his computer, and then later buy it back to upgrade another one of my computers?
This policy, translated to cars, would mean that you may buy a jack, but you may only use it on one car, and if you want to jack up another car, you would have to buy either a new jack or buy a professional license for about 13 times the price.
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