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    Need to find CD drive letter in DOS

    What's the command to list the drives and their letters in DOS?

    Thanks.

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    Besides using FDISK to check the actual hard drives, no CDROM though, ummm....

    Are you wanting something like df in Linux??
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    Are you using FAT32 or NTFS? You could try chkdsk but with NTFS, it does not give a lot of info on the drive sizes and assigned letters.

    Ok try this, fdisk /status

    Here are some more command listings

    http://www.generation.net/~hleboeuf/dos7comm.htm
    Last edited by eweruk; May 12th, 2004 at 11:38 AM.

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    There isn't, it just gets assigned the next availiable one after your FAT partitions.
    Unless you've specified something different on the MSCDEX command line, then it will just be that, so if you have 2 hard disk partitions that dos can read (C: and D the CDROM will be e:

    If you're using true dos (i.e. not in a dos shell inside windows) then you need to make sure you have the device driver loaded in config.sys and mscdex in autoexec.bat with the correct device identifier.
    If you got a floppy with the drive it probably has dos drivers on it, more likely than not any cdrom floppy would work for it so long as it isn't a cdrom which hooks onto the sound card rather than an IDE channel.
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    Yes, true there isn't but I imagine that ArticFox wants to be able to get some information from DOS to what is setup. We need some more info for sure to tell.

    First and easy, check WIN32 OS if installed
    Second, check fdisk in DOS to see what drives and partitions are setup and drive letters
    Third, type C: or D: or E: or F: to see what partitions are there.....

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    If it's a true dos system (not 9x or NT) then you could use msd for system information. Its got most of the things you need to know - like memory, chips, drivers, drives in use and setup etc.
    I don't think it was included in the standalone versions of windows as it got replaced by msinfo.
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    if you have dos 6.0 or upgraded from dos 4,5 or 6 you can go dos shell
    and see your drives

    when in dos type dosshell,press enter

    if you don't have it
    take a look at your dos disks, for a supplemental disk
    and copy all files to your dos directory

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    lol, that wouldn't work. you'd need to EXTRACT them. I my dos 6.22 disks didn't have the shell in them. The last version of DOS I saw it in was 5.
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    of course its not in dos 6.2

    you only have it if you upgrade from 4,5,or 6 to dos 6.2

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    Sorry - thanks guy's we got it figured out. I was trying to put 98se on my laptop from XP Pro but I needed to format the drive first. Anyways I went ahead and tried "R:" as that's what my old eMachine's used for it's image installs, sure enough that's what it was.

    All that, and now I need to load Win2k on here again since 98se doesn't play well with my wireless connection.

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    Cool Confused all right about FDISK!=S

    Quote Originally Posted by eweruk View Post
    Besides using FDISK to check the actual hard drives, no CDROM though, ummm....

    Are you wanting something like df in Linux??
    Man you are Confused! FDISK is a format disk command not a drive check command! Hope you mean no malice cos this command can wipe your drive! Maybe you should leave your confused comments to yourself man and take a course or something! =SS

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    MAP cmd is the answer

    In the dos prompt type HELP. Shows you the avalable commands, one of which is MAP. Just type MAP and press enter.

    C:\Map

    then press enter

    It will show the partitions, drives, and CD\DVD drives with letters.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GeekITup View Post
    Man you are Confused! FDISK is a format disk command not a drive check command! Hope you mean no malice cos this command can wipe your drive! Maybe you should leave your confused comments to yourself man and take a course or something! =SS

    Replying to this comment a bit late, but, Sit Down Child And Shut Up!!!

    Maybe you need to keep your confused comments to yourself, rather than disrespect a regular member with a significantly higher post count than your own, Noob!!!

    Also the fact you needed to Reply to a posting that was 5 years old at the time, and disrespect them, adds to your Noobness.

    When using FDISK, you have the Option of Displaying the Current Partitions Information, which will Allow a Person to see what drives, are assigned to what letters. which is why I believe it was suggested initially. So maybe bother trying to get your facts straight before calling someone else out on something.




    Quote Originally Posted by userwhale View Post
    In the dos prompt type HELP. Shows you the avalable commands, one of which is MAP. Just type MAP and press enter.

    C:\Map

    then press enter

    It will show the partitions, drives, and CD\DVD drives with letters.

    Though Helpful... to a point, the Map Command is only a Recovery Console Command in Windows 2000 and XP, which should of been stated in the post, so people using Regular DOS or Windows 98 or earlier or Windows Vista Or newer "DOS" Command Prompt in the OS, and can't find the command at all, or get it to work right.

    Quick Google Search reveals this (as I didn't remember ever seeing that Command with Old School DOS, or even using the Command Prompts in Windows 95, 98, ME, 2000, XP, Vista or 7), its a Recovery Console Command Only.

    MS-DOS map command help

    Apart from the Noob who posted in here in 2009, I hope you realized this thread was from 2004, and the original Problem was resolved, Long ago...?
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