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No Ghost Drives in Windows NT

Article ID: 101226

Article Last Modified on 11/1/2006


  • Microsoft Windows NT Advanced Server 3.1
  • Microsoft Windows NT Workstation 3.1

This article was previously published under Q101226


MS-DOS supports the concept of ghost drives, where on a machine with a single floppy drive, MS-DOS pretends that drives A and B both exist. If the user last referenced the floppy as A, and then references B, MS-DOS prompts the user to insert the correct floppy disk in the floppy drive.

Windows NT does not support ghost drives. Ghost drives were particularly useful back in the days of no hard disk and only one floppy, and gradually the use of ghosts evolved to the point where the only useful thing you could do was to copy a disk from A to B. MS-DOS 6.0 allows you to DISKCOPY from A to A, and it will prompt you to insert the different floppies at the correct times. Windows NT also supports copying a disk from A to A. As a result, the ghost feature is not supported.

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