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Engineer, Magician, Jack of all Trades


Jun
22
awarded  Scholar
Jun
22
comment How should I convert a physical drive to a VHD for use with VirtualPC?
WinImage did a good job of turning the physical drives into VHD files via a USB to IDE cable.
Jun
22
accepted How should I convert a physical drive to a VHD for use with VirtualPC?
Jun
21
comment How should I convert a physical drive to a VHD for use with VirtualPC?
@Even, too true... but Me has got to be easier to virtualize than a PDP today ;-) I'm not sure how I'd get the disks imaged, for instance. Then there's the 9-track tape to think about....
Jun
19
comment How should I convert a physical drive to a VHD for use with VirtualPC?
That looks like a nice, clean solution.
Jun
19
comment How should I convert a physical drive to a VHD for use with VirtualPC?
The drives are loose on my desk, and I used a spare caddy to verify that I could read them this afternoon...
Jun
19
comment How should I convert a physical drive to a VHD for use with VirtualPC?
I'll take a look at VMWare Converter, that sounds promising.
Jun
19
comment How should I convert a physical drive to a VHD for use with VirtualPC?
@Even, that is a good sign.
Jun
19
awarded  Editor
Jun
19
comment How should I convert a physical drive to a VHD for use with VirtualPC?
Yup. ;-) It could be worse, I still have a running PDP-11 in the other room that must be at least 25 years old by now...
Jun
19
revised How should I convert a physical drive to a VHD for use with VirtualPC?
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Jun
19
comment How should I convert a physical drive to a VHD for use with VirtualPC?
All attempts to resurrect the physical system failed. I have both physical drives, and I even know which one was the boot drive... I definitely need a solution that can be done from the disks alone.
Jun
19
asked How should I convert a physical drive to a VHD for use with VirtualPC?
Jun
19
awarded  Commentator
Jun
19
comment How do I figure out which file is being executed?
See technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc723564.aspx, about half way down at a heading "Command Search Sequence" for (one version of) the official story. In short, . and PATH are searched in that order, checking each PATHEXT in each folder for a matching file.
Jun
19
comment How do I figure out which file is being executed?
The search order implemented in this perl script matches the documented order found at technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc723564.aspx exactly. The current directory is searched first, followed by each directory in PATH. In each directory, extensions are tried from PATHEXT in the order listed in PATHEXT. It is typical of MS to only barely document the detailed behavior of CMD.EXE.
Jun
9
awarded  Nice Answer
May
15
comment Biggest command-line mistake?
This would have been ca. 1985, and accessed via dialup or via a RS-232 cable from a clone of a VT-100 terminal. Not a terminal emulator, but an actual terminal. I don't recall csh having name completion at the time... ;-) Today, of course, GUIs and name completion make both of those less risky, and lots of OSs make it a lot harder to create such files without resorting to disk sector editing....
May
9
awarded  Student
May
7
comment How can you test an external (USB) hard drive?
It may also be possible to run SpinRite on it in the enclosure, if the right drivers can be found for the copy of FreeDOS that hosts the SpinRite executable. GRC claims this is possible, but I haven't done it myself.