Microsoft KB Archive/107135
Article ID: 107135
Article Last Modified on 11/21/1999
- Microsoft MS-DOS 6.2 Standard Edition
- Microsoft MS-DOS 6.21 Standard Edition
- Microsoft MS-DOS 6.22 Standard Edition
This article was previously published under Q107135
In MS-DOS 6.2 and later, the DISKCOPY command uses your hard disk drive to temporarily store the data copied from the source disk. This enables single- pass disk copies. If you install a RAM drive, you can increase the performance of this operation.
DISKCOPY uses the location defined by the SET TEMP statement to determine where the data from the source disk should be temporarily stored before it is written to the destination disk.
If you install a RAM drive and define it as your temporary (TEMP) directory, you can redirect the data accessed from the source disk into RAM, thus eliminating the time required for the system to perform read and write operations to the hard disk drive.
To do this:
- Set up a RAM drive in your CONFIG.SYS file using the following parameters:
device=c:\dos\ramdrive.sys 1480 /e
- In your AUTOEXEC.BAT file, change the SET TEMP line to point to the RAM drive as follows
The performance gain is not significant on high performance systems with fast processors and hard disk drives; however, it does increase the overall speed of this process on older systems.
Additional query words: 6.22 6.20