What's the best way of backing up dos systems?

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  1. siflnolly

    siflnolly OT Supporter

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    My parents have a video store where they use a computer that runs a DOS based video rental program. No windows, no nattin, save for DOS. The actual computers are hella old, and I worry about hard drive failure and them losing all their inventory and customer data........

    What would be the best way to back everything up?? Keep in mind that the actual computers are very old. Very very old. I think there may be a USB connection, but without windows that's a bit superflous.

    Any ideas?

    thanks, ot.
     
  2. dissonance

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    If it has 2 optical drives (or you can buy some..they are cheap), one that is a writer, get some bootable imaging/backup software and image/copy the drive to a cd/dvd.

    or...

    If the computer is that olddddd , I would pull the hard drive once a week and put it into an external case and image it or just copy the necessary data (saving the image/data to another/newer computer or another external drive).
     
  3. deusexaethera

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    Norton Ghost on a floppy disk.
     
  4. retorq

    retorq What up bitch??

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    PKZip to a network drive ...
     
  5. P07r0457

    P07r0457 New Member

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    yes I would ghost to a new drive or two. I've had several people special order old-school-style tape drives as well, since they generally have dos-based backup support... And it's easy to automate a nightly tape backup and rotate tapes.
     
  6. deusexaethera

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    Here's an idea. Ghost it, restore it to a VMware image, and run it on a brand-spanking-new machine. Then they can minimize it when they don't need it, and use the computer for other useful shit. And if the VM ever goes tits-up, just copy the backup VM that you were smart enough to make, and boot it right back up again.

    (I love VMs.)
     
  7. P07r0457

    P07r0457 New Member

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    i hate to say it, but yes, a VM could be a good solution.
     
  8. EkriirkE

    EkriirkE Zika Xenu OT Supporter

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    or even DOSbox :noes:
     
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    not as much. A VM has benefits over DOSbox
     
  10. Peyomp

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    Use OS X and VMWare. Run it on a Mini.

    MUHAHAHAHA
     

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