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Method to Install a Process Using a Virtual Disk

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000062498D
Original Publication Date: 1986-Dec-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-09
Document File: 1 page(s) / 11K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Grafe, RJ: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

A method is described to reduce the chance of error during an install process and to reduce the number of diskette swaps required on a single diskette drive system. During an install/merge process it is possible for a user to insert the incorrect diskette in a drive. To eliminate the possibility of the user receiving confusing DOS messages. Insert the diskette containing the batch file; e.g., the files necessary for the install are copied to a virtual disk. When the Install/Merge option is selected from the Boot menu, the single or dual diskette drive Install/Merge batch file, Install program and menus are copied to a small virtual disk; the virtual disk is kept small so that the maximum amount of memory is left free during the following DISKCOPY operation. Control is then passed to the Install/Merge batch file.

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Method to Install a Process Using a Virtual Disk

A method is described to reduce the chance of error during an install process and to reduce the number of diskette swaps required on a single diskette drive system. During an install/merge process it is possible for a user to insert the incorrect diskette in a drive. To eliminate the possibility of the user receiving confusing DOS messages. Insert the diskette containing the batch file; e.g., the files necessary for the install are copied to a virtual disk. When the Install/Merge option is selected from the Boot menu, the single or dual diskette drive Install/Merge batch file, Install program and menus are copied to a small virtual disk; the virtual disk is kept small so that the maximum amount of memory is left free during the following DISKCOPY operation. Control is then passed to the Install/Merge batch file. The Boot diskette is diskcopied to a blank diskette, and the unnecessary files are erased. For a single diskette drive system the Install/Merge program reIPL's the system with a large virtual disk. The IBM PC- DOS diskette is then inserted into the diskette drive, and the system files are copied to the virtual disk. The new system diskette is then re-inserted into the drive and the IBM PC-DOS system files are copied from the virtual disk to the diskette.

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