This section explains how you can transfer data between almost any computer. For this you will need either a LAPLINK cable or a NULLMODEM cable, also the INTERLNK.EXE and INTERSVR.EXE (ver MSDOS 6.22) available to download here ( 36 KB ) along with a special CONFIG.SYS and AUTOEXEC.BAT file, are required for data transfer.
1. Steps of Data Transfer.
For connecting two computers on Parallel (printer) port of both computers you will need LAPLINK Cable, OR for connecting two computers on COP (serial) ports you will need the NULLMODEM Cable. Whatever type of cable you will use, there is no change in following sequence.
This is a DOS mode data transfer and we are using INTERLNK.EXE and INTERSVR.EXE files which are command-files of MSDOS 6.22. IMPORTANT: If you attempt to transfer files from a FAT32 computer to a FAT16 computer, the long file names will be truncated ( ~1 ) to the 8.3 format.
2. Steps of Data Transfer.
Format two fresh floppy disks and while formatting make them SYSTEM BOOTABLE. Now copy INTERLNK.EXE, INTERSVR.EXE, CONFIG.SYS and AUTOEXEC.BAT into root area of both floppies. These four files may also be placed in the root area of C:\ of both computers, if both computers are bootable and makes the Interlink connect sequence automatic. SEE the NOTE in Step d.
If these following lines are placed in the respective files on the harddrive, you can disable the commands after you are finished transferring files, by placing REM in front of the command. Example: In CONFIG.SYS: rem device=d:\interlnk.exe /lpt:1 In AUTOEXEC.BAT: rem d:\intersvr . The CONFIG.SYS and AUTOEXEC.BAT are text-type files ( Included in the Interlnk.zip ), with only one line in it, is mentioned as follows....
DEVICE=d:\INTERLNK.EXE ( config.sys ) ("d" the drive where the file is located, usually C:\).
d:\INTERSVR.EXE ( autoexec.bat ) ("d" the drive where the file is located, usually C:\).
Switch off your both PCs.
If you have decided to use a LAPLINK cable, connect both PCs with LAPLINK directly to the Printer ports of both PCs, or use NULLMODEM cable on both COM1 (serial ports) of the PCs. You can use COM2 also, but you need to make too many complicated changes in the boot config.sys file. It is easier to use the LPT (printer ports).
Now insert these bootable floppies in both PCs and boot (switch on) both computers. Remember the CONFIG.SYS and AUTOEXEC.BAT file on both bootable floppy loads INTERLNK.EXE and INTERSVR.EXE in memory for INTER-LINKING and the following will appear on both computers. NOTE: If you are NOT using the floppies and booting from the harddrive, boot the Target computer first, then the Source computer.
Starting Windows 98 ...
Microsoft Interlnk Version 1.00
Drive Letters redirected : 3 (E: through G:)
Printer Ports redirected: 3 (LPT2 through LPT4)
Now you must run (IF you are using floppies) INTERSVR.EXE on first computer from where the files should be copied and INTERLNK.EXE on another computer where the files will be copied. You will be given the status of both machines where you are informed which drives from SERVER computer (INTERSVR) are available on target computer (INTERLNK).
Above command on second computer will actually establish a connection between both computers and an appropriate drive letters will be assigned to available drives to target computer.
Remember: Network drive or cdrom drive from server computer will not be available to the target computer and if you attempt to transfer files from a FAT32 computer to a FAT16 computer, the long file names will be truncated ( ~1 ) to the 8.3 format.
Give copy command on target computer to start copying files to target computer from server computer as follows..
A:\> COPY G:BIODATA.DOC C:\
A:\> COPY G:\*.* C:\DATA
Where G: drive is redirected drive from server computer and C: drive is local computer. Data transfer starts as usual.
Relax and smile..... :-)
3. Steps of Data Transfer.
As the files are transferred in pure DOS mode, the long file names will NOT be available while copying. The long filenames will be truncated ( ~1 ) and will be copied with only the 8+3 character (ISO) format.
If you want to connect computers on serial port with null-modem cable, then be sure you are using COM1 of both computers, otherwise you might need to study the syntax of INTERLNK.EXE and put appropriate port number parameter in CONFIG.SYS. This is required in case you connect COM1-to-COM2 or vice versa or COM2-to-COM2.