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Navigation between different drives is done by typing <tt>C:</tt> where C is the letter of the drive you wish to go to. By default DOSBox, like Windows, will detect [[Floppy|Floppy Drives]] connected via floppy cables as the A:\ and B:\ respectively.
 
Navigation between different drives is done by typing <tt>C:</tt> where C is the letter of the drive you wish to go to. By default DOSBox, like Windows, will detect [[Floppy|Floppy Drives]] connected via floppy cables as the A:\ and B:\ respectively.
  
==Mounting a C: drive==
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''More details on Mounting Drives may refer to'' [[Mount]] ''topic.''
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It bears repeating that it's '''unsafe''' to mount one's entire drive into DOSBox, particularly if another OS is already installed on it. For that reason, it's recommended only to mount a subdirectory (subfolder) of the drive where DOS files will be stored and have DOSBox fool its games/applications into thinking that is the [[CDrive|C: drive]].  Ideal locations for a virtual hard disk are
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=== Linux ===
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<code><pre>~/DOSROOT
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MOUNT C ~/DOSROOT</pre></code>
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=== Mac OSX ===
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<code><pre>~/DOSROOT
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MOUNT C ~/DOSROOT</pre></code>
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=== OS/2 ===
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Note that you can have more than one Drive defined if you want to recreate complex configurations, but it is generally easier to have a single drive that will be [[MOUNT|mounted]] as your C: drive.
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Revision as of 18:59, 9 August 2009

DOSBox, in an effort to emulate a DOS environment, needs some location to emulate a virtual Hard Drive. Commonly MS-DOS users would be greeted with a
C:\>
prompt once a computer is done booting. The hard drives currently in your system are most likely many times larger than the kinds of hard drives that existed back when MS-DOS was commercially available. Also, they contain software that is not suited for DOSBox. In order to create a realistic (and safe) environment to run your DOS software you should define a path somewhere on your hard disk that will be treated as a virtual hard disk. Note that upon starting DOSBox the prompt instead reads
Z:\>
which is a virtual drive in memory (RAMDrive) where the OS Tools are stored. Users cannot write data to the Z:\ and it exists only for DOSBox purposes. See the ZDrive section for more information

Navigation between different drives is done by typing C: where C is the letter of the drive you wish to go to. By default DOSBox, like Windows, will detect Floppy Drives connected via floppy cables as the A:\ and B:\ respectively.

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