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                                    SYS
 
Creates a startup disk by copying hidden MS-DOS system files (IO.SYS and
MSDOS.SYS), the MS-DOS command interpreter (COMMAND.COM), and the part of
MS-DOS that provides access to compressed drives (DRVSPACE.BIN) to the disk.
(SYS copies DRVSPACE.BIN only if the DRVSPACE.BIN file exists in the root
directory of the source drive or directory.)
 
IO.SYS, MSDOS.SYS and DRVSPACE.BIN are hidden files and do not typically
appear when you type the DIR command. To see these files, type DIR /A.
 
Syntax
 
    SYS [drive1:][path] drive2:
 
Parameters
 
[drive1:][path]
    Specifies the location of the system files. If you do not specify a
    path, MS-DOS searches the root directory on the current drive for the
    system files.
 
drive2:
    Specifies the drive to which you want to copy the system files. These
    files can be copied only to a root directory, not to a subdirectory.
 
Related Commands
 
For information about copying files, see the <COPY> and <XCOPY> commands.
 
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                                 SYS--Notes
 
How the SYS command copies files
 
The SYS command copies the files in the following order: IO.SYS, MSDOS.SYS,
COMMAND.COM and DRVSPACE.BIN.
 
No requirement for contiguous files
 
MS-DOS no longer requires the two system files to be contiguous. This means
that when you want to copy a new version of MS-DOS to a disk containing
system files for MS-DOS version 3.3 or earlier, you need not reformat the
disk.
 
Using the SYS command on compressed drives
 
The SYS command does not work on compressed drives. If drive C is compressed
and you need to make your hard disk bootable, use the SYS command on drive
C's host drive. (If you are using DriveSpace, to find out which is drive C's
host drive, type DRVSPACE /INFO C: at the command prompt.)
 
Using the SYS command on assigned drives and network drives
 
The SYS command does not work on drives that have been redirected by using
the ASSIGN, JOIN, or SUBST command. SYS also does not work on network drives
or drives redirected using INTERLNK.
 
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                               SYS--Examples
 
To copy the MS-DOS system files and command interpreter from the disk in the
current drive to a disk in drive A, type the following command:
 
    sys a:
 
To copy the MS-DOS system files and command interpreter from a disk in drive
B to a disk in drive A, type the following the command:
 
    sys b: a:
 
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