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Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by malcolmd3111, Sep 1, 2007.

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  1. malcolmd3111

    malcolmd3111 Thread Starter

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    Hi there,

    I need to work with xcopy to resolve a crc error with an Outlook Express file. Unfortunately when I type the following:

    cd Documents and Settings I receive the following response:

    Too many parameters - Documents

    I cannot copy the file in question in Windows so I am using the Dos commands.

    Any ideas?

    Any good freeware crc error fixer apps out there?

    Thanks for any help and/or wisdom

    Malcolm
     
  2. DoubleHelix

    DoubleHelix Banned

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    Put quotes around the path: "C:\Documents and Settings\".
     
  3. malcolmd3111

    malcolmd3111 Thread Starter

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    Yes,

    I had already been through all that. I've tried everything. I'm wondering if there are some other issues here. This DOS version will only show 8 chars of a path name. So more digging.....
     
  4. Bob Cerelli

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    "I cannot copy the file in question in Windows so I am using the Dos commands."

    If there are problems with the file, copying it from a DOS prompt won't fix them.
    Also make sure you are using a CMD prompt and not COMMAND prompt.

    Can you give more details?
     
  5. WhitPhil

    WhitPhil Gone but never forgotten Trusted Advisor

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    What happens when you enter CD "C:\Documents and Settings\"?
     
  6. malcolmd3111

    malcolmd3111 Thread Starter

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    Hi Bob,

    First things first! You just made the point about CMD and COMMAND. I quickly checked and was using COMMAND. what is the diff. I can quickly see there is a difference, how to describe?

    Using CMD is resolving my frustrations. BTW I am going down to the file in question, inbox_bk1.dbx to do a xcopy /c to try and recover a bad file (crc error)
     
  7. malcolmd3111

    malcolmd3111 Thread Starter

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    Hi,

    just read about the difference between COMMAND and CMD thanks.....
     
  8. Bob Cerelli

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    Glad that suggestion solved your problem and thanks for posting back.
     
  9. oshwyn5

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    You can always use the 8.3 convention where
    C:\Documents and Settings\
    is C:\Docume~1
    it will show up as C:\Docume~1 not C:\Documents and Settings but it is the same place
     
  10. Bob Cerelli

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    Just a bit more cumbersome remembering where that tilde goes.
     
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    Tilde needs to be the 7th character, it can save some typing if you use 8.3 :)
     
  12. Bob Cerelli

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    Yeah that is the cumbersome part. I like to write batch files or use xcopy with the specific directory. Then you know exactly where they are going to be copied from and to.
     
  13. malcolmd3111

    malcolmd3111 Thread Starter

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    Hi All,

    thank you for all the suggestions. I have fixed the problem. Bob reminded me of the difference between COMMAND & CMD. The m/c I was fixing had "COMMAND" and I didn't even think it would be an old version of DOS.

    Anyway for those with interest:

    The original file that was bad was Inbox.dbx in Outlook. I rename it and then Ouitlook could work with a new Inbox. However I couldn't get to that dir, (hence the posting)

    I tried xcopy /C to a different location. No luck. So I finally ran CHKDSK on a reboot and the utility found 2 bad files (fortunately) It fixed the CRC error so I was able to copy the .dbx file to a new location. I then ran an extraction program to get the email files.

    I then copied all of these emails to a new Outlook Express folder called "Backup" and Success. I have one relieved client now, (my wife!!)

    Thanks,

    Malcolm
     
  14. WhitPhil

    WhitPhil Gone but never forgotten Trusted Advisor

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    Just a note:

    I "think" the CRC error has been made to go away, which is slightly different than fixing it.

    The original error indicates file corruption and chkdsk really can't "correct" it, but it can make it go away.

    I think you will find that somewhere in that "fixed" Inbox (and whatever the other fixed file was), you will find some type of corruption, in the form of scrambled characters/strange characters/etc.
     
  15. Bob Cerelli

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    You are welcome and glad you (and your wife) have had success.
     
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