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A short while ago I partitioned my Wester Digital 160g
7200 RPM hard drive (had about 20+ gigs unallocated
because the hard drive was bigger than windows XP could
recognize without a particular service pack, which i
later got) so it was now the original C drive (from the
original HDD), the D drive (which was the original drive
created from the added hard drive in question) and the H
drive (new partition from the added hard drive).

A few days after creating the partition, i opened the d
drive (where i have one folder for music, one folder for
backed up programs/files and not in folders were many
files waiting to be backed up on disk) and found that the
only thing in it was a small portion of files waiting to
be backed up.

I could search every hard drive for missing files (even
in hidden and system folders) but no track would be found.

However, if i look at the drive properties, all the hard
drive space is still used.

Not only that, but I run a file server that sends files
from this drive (every file on the server is one that is
now "missing") to whomever requests them. Even though
they are effectivly non-existant on my computer at this
point, my server is still capable of sending the files.

I need access to these files pronto so i need a solution
that will, preferrably, not wipe them out.

I tried restarting, it did nothing.
I tried a system restore but it told me that the hard
drive was either turned off or not monitored by system
restore (i tried anyway but neither the d or h drives
were listed in "my computer" after word so i unrestored)
I tried checking the cables to the hard drive, did nothing
I tried running a disk cleanup, returned a bunch of
unreadable sectors,deleted a few things...when done,
again, nothing was different.

I am now out of ideas, so I hope this is enough info to
help someone help me.

oh, and the partition that i created has had NO problems
throughout this endeavor with the exception of not being
found when i did the system restore.


Just for the record, so we can all share out info. I have two
state-of-the-art Intel/ XP Pro desktops, connected thru a GigE switch.

I frequently copy large numbers of 100kB - 500kB sized files between
the two machines.

With XP SP1, performance was about 3.5 MB/sec sustained (about 10% of
the speed attainable with larger files, because of Windows file
sharing overhead). This number is pretty normal.

After installing XP SP2, the same operations rarely exceed 500 kB/sec,
or about 7X slower.

This is completely reproducible. I checked all the obvious things,
such as NIC driver setttings. All looks fine.

When I removed SP2, the problem went away completely. So this is 100%
certainly an SP2 bug.

Have fun out there.


Hi all,
I just have a question that I've been having for weeks. I downloaded SP2
for Windows which took me like 30 minutes to download because it is a big
file, but it failed to install on my comp. So I ordered the CD from
Microsoft instead. Is the SP2 file that I downloaded still stored on my comp
and taking up space? If so, where can I find it and delete it? Please help!
Thanks all!


Dear Readers,

Before posting a CMD.EXE command line script related question please be
aware of the information and solutions material already available, such

97091 Jun 28 2004 ftp://garbo.uwasa.fi/pc/link/tscmd.zip
tscmd.zip Useful NT/2000/XP script tricks and tips, T.Salmi

In case of grave difficulties in getting this file from Garbo archives
Sites with permission to mirror Garbo archives

The contents of the FAQ-like script tips collection is given below.
For more command line script or near information sources please see


This file TSCMDIDX.TXT lists the contents of

1CMDFAQ.TXT NT/2000/XP CMD.EXE Script Tricks
in ftp://garbo.uwasa.fi/pc/link/tscmd.zip
Alternatively available with the version number as

1} How get today's date elements into environment variables?
2} On Windows XP how do you stop the script files from closing?
3} How can I customize the Command Prompt Window with script commands?
4} How can I test is it on MSDOS/Win3..9x/Me or NT/2000/XP?
5} How do I get a fully qualified path name of my script?
6} How does one get yesterday's date?
7} How can I test if two files agree in size and datetime stamp?
8} How do I find all the files made at of after YYYYMMDD HHMM?
9} How can I suppress script error messages altogether?
10} How can I change the environment variable values within a FOR loop?
11} How do I retain my original code page in these scripts?
12} How can I rename all my .JPG files sequentially in a folder?
13} How do I get the current day of the week?
14} Help! My old batch files won't work since there is no choice.
15} Is it possible to echo without linefeed like the Unix echo -n?
16} How can I get the time without having to press enter?
17} How can I avoid the potential "ECHO is off." in echoing %myvar%
18} How does one build re-usable script function modules?
19} How can one build a delay / sleep / wait procedure for a script?
20} Is is possible to right-justify numbers or words in a script?
21} Do you have pointers to additional script material and tips?
22} How do I capture the current folder name into a variable?
23} How do I get the n:th, the first and the last line of a text file?
24} How do I get the m:th item on the n:th line of a text file?
25} How can I quote with e.g. " " an entire message?
26} How do I get the length of a string into a variable?
27} How can I remove all the blank lines from a text file?
28} How to convert a file written in IBM PC characters into LATIN1?
29} How do I drop the first two characters of a string, and so on?
30} Can one calculate the difference between two times in a script?
31} How many days ago was 31.12.2003? What date it was a 100 days ago?
32} How can I convert a decimal number to binary, octal, hexadecimal?
33} How can I convert a binary, octal, hexadecimal into a decimal?
34} How can I remove the quote characters from a line?
35} How can I substitute the second field on each line of my file?
36} I start a program from my script and it hogs my command window.
37} How can I insert a line in the middle of a file with a script?
38} How can I set and test the errorlevel within a script file?
39} Is there a subroutine to convert a variable into uppercase?
40} How do I get the number of arguments given to a script?
41} How can I create a zero-byte file? How do I test for it?
42} What is the subroutine for testing a filename for wildcards?
43} Is there a way of counting the number of files in a folder?
44} How do I get the first 68 columns from a text file?
45} How can I find out how many days old a file is?
46} Is a program available in the default folder or at path?
47} Is it possible to echo the redirection symbol in a script?
48} Why do some comment lines cause errors? What can I do about it?
49} I need to reverse a text file. How do I do that fairly quickly?
50} How do I get the position of a substring in a string?
51} How can I echo lines in different colors in NT scripts?
52} How can I enter a password into a variable without echoing it?
53} How can I test if a disk device is ready or not?
54} How can I get the type of a disk device?
55} How to get the creation, last modified and last access of a file?
56} How to find and move more recent files from one folder to another?
57} How do I get a list of all my empty folders on c: ?
58} How do I best combine two quoted arguments into one quoted string?
59} How do I find if a folder exists? How about visible files in it?
60} How do I delete all but most recent 20 files in a folder?
61} How can one devise a command line calculator?
62} How can I compare within a script if two files are identical?
63} How to perform a command on each line of file as an argument?
64} How to count the number of lines in a file, empty lines inclusive?
65} How do I add text in front and after each line in a text file?
66} How can I delete all the hidden Thumbs.db files from my system?
67} Is it possible to send a variable value to the clipboard?
68} How can I test if a program already has been loaded?

All the best, Timo

Prof. Timo Salmi ftp & http://garbo.uwasa.fi/ archives
Department of Accounting and Business Finance ; University of Vaasa
http://www.uwasa.fi/~ts/ ; FIN-65101, Finland
Timo's FAQ materials at http://www.uwasa.fi/~ts/http/tsfaq.html

Dear Tom,

Sorry for so late to response to your reply on the

I checked the firewall log, that the firewall drop
several TCP SYN packets that may cause the FTP hand
problem (seems waiting for server to connect to client
for file transfer).

Could you please give me your email address that i
can send the screen capture, firewall log, etc to you.

BTW, I always test the XP SP2 on both my own FTP
server, production FTP server(both IIS 5.0, window
2000 server, service pack 4, with max. connections =
100, 000) and FTP server on IBM AIX. The problem
occurs when firewall is turned on.

The site: ftp2.de.nero.com is a reference site only
that my FTP site is located within my company's
intranet that can't let you try to connect for
testing. Sorry for confusing you.

I think this situation do not happen on individual
PC due to wrong config. or installation problem, since
i have also tested 3 new PCs, preinstalled with XP SP2
(2 HP, 1 IBM), the same problem occurs.

Thank you for your kind attention.

Hi..If you have lost your vital word file from Windows PC then you can go for recovery software in order to restore word files. I was in the same problem that you are talking about, but one of my friends recommended me recovery software that really proficient to recover lost word files.

It appears that there are about 20 tracking cookies that are in this
directory and nothing I have tried will allow me to delete these
and clear the directory. It's having some effect on both Firefox and

Can anyone give me a way to get rid of these rascals? I tried using
UNLOCKER and it does not even recognize the files, tried deleting
the directory, no luck, says it's a windows file.

Can anyone help?



bud-- wrote:
I am trying to write a batch program to delete a file that has
"Documents and Settings" in the path. It does not work.

Trouble shooting from the "Command Prompt" ('DOS screen'):
the current directory is C:Documents and Settings

dir c:p* [wild card *]
Volume Serial Number...
Directory of c:
... DIR Program Files
dir c:program*
Volume Serial Number...
Directory of c:
... DIR Program Files

both are as expected

dir c:program * [space added m *]
Volume Serial Number...
Directory of c:
File Not Found

Directory of C:Documents and Settings [the current directory]
[list of files in that directory]

this is not as expected (compared to DOS) -----
directory of c: should have found "...DIR Program Files"
and "Directory of C:Documents and Settings" should not appear

dir c:programf* [omit the space]
Volume Serial Number...
Directory of c:
File Not Found

again what I expect

dir c:program%20*
dir c:program%20f*
[I have seen %20 used as a space - ASCII 20 hex is space]

both same as above - File Not Found

The command prompt does not seem to function when there is a space in
the path.
Any ideas on how to handle a path that requires a space?

Running XP Professional SP3 Build 2600

Have you considered some quote marks ? That's the kind of
thing that works in other OSes. And in some OSes, the single
quote character has a different effect than the double quote
character. (You end up mixing them, for different purposes.)

dir "C:Documents and Settings"

For each scripting environment, you have to learn about
what can be used for quoting, what can be used to escape
the quote character, so it can be used for normal things.
And depending on the environment, how many "layers" of
escape characters are needed, so that at least one survives
until it hits the shell interpreter.

Example here, of someone using the terminology of scripting trivia...


You just try the stuff, until it works.


Try a Google search like this, for more tutorials:

msdos escape quote characters


I've been attempting to copy files to a directory on the network,
using Windows Explorer from Windows XP Professional, and have been
having problems.

I kept getting either the "the path is too deep" error, or the "the
network name is no longer available" error. The file whose copying was
claimed to have failed due to the error always had actually been

As a workaround, I tried mapping the network destination to a drive
letter, and using XCOPY from the command window.

I still ended up with an error, but that error was:

"File creation error - The semaphore timeout period has expired."

It is possible that this is a better error message, and identifies the
actual underlying issue.

John Savard


I am running WIN XP PRO with SP2 installed. I have applied the patched
uxtheme.dll so that I may see other visual styles than the luna msstyle. An
issue I cant resolve is that when I go to save my settings as a new theme
file, the display properties theme tab dialogue goes through the motions
allowing me to type the name for my new theme, etc., however, no theme file
is saved. I'm baffled. Kelly if you see this post, I have applied the
restore themes functionality reg file from your help site and it has no
effect. Anyone know about this issue and/or how to resolve it. Thanks in
advance for any help you can provide.

Love and kisses on all your pink parts,

(Edited by HansV to make URL clickable - see Help 19)

Hi there

At least two years ago when I was trying to find some way of protecting my databases, one kind person mentioned KeyedAccess I followed it up and must say that the latest version is very good indeed. Can I quickly say I have no connection with Peters Software other than being a satisfied customer.

So now another question if I may on similar lines. I realise that it's about time I put together some help files to make the forms on the various databases more user friendly. Bearing in mind that I am retired and designing databases is my hobby, can anyone point me in the right direction, as I don

Years ago with Access 97 I used to be able to write help files associated with a specific database. At that time, I used an Australian product name HDK.

My organisation no longer uses HDK but I need to write a help file for a large Access XP database I am building. I expect that I would still be using the HelpContextID associated with each control but haven't the first idea what package to use.

Therefore, what I would like is twofold.
1. The names of any good help file generators, preferably compiling them to a compiled help file format. (.chm)
2. The titles of any good manuals associated with the recommended help file generator.

I have at home a utility called "Microsoft Help Workshop" but don't know a thing about it - whether or not it could be used - nor do I know how to use it.

Any suggestions.


I have 75 DBF files that I'd like to import into a new database, all into one table. Is there a way to do that all at once? Each DBF file has the same field names and data types. I know that I couild import each DBF, and then do an Append Query of Table 2 through 75 into Table 1, but that's quite time comsuming. I don't know very much about macros or VBA. Thanks!

My .mda file has been deleted due to the hard disk being reconfigured.

This file allowed me to amend my current database.
Could you possibly explain to me as to how l could go about recreating a new .mda file?


I've got 3 problems with help files:
1) Some things list as topics but there's no info about them - e.g. Cancel Method(ADO).
2) Some properties/methods don't show at all - e.g. Forms(1).SetRecord.
3) An annoying Project 2k installation dialog pops up for other topics.

Problems 1 & 2 happen on several machines in my office and at my home. I don't understand how we've installed it incorrectly. Any clues?

Details on each item:
1) Using the VBA editor in Access, a number of entries display as topics in the Answer Wizard and Indexes, but when I click on them, it doesn't take me to the topic. This is the case for almost everything for ADO and ADOX. For exmaple, if I type "ADO" in the answer wizard search, about 20 topics come up below. I click on any of them, like "Mode Property (ADO)", or "Name Property (ADO)"...nada.

2) Example, SetRecord does not come up as a valid topic in , but this method can be used on a form object. Surprisingly, I don't see this one when searching VBA SetRecord on google either. Why doesn't this topic show at all? (here's an example of this method called in Form2 to move Form2 to the same record:
Forms("Form1").SetRecord Me.Combo0.Column(0, Combo0.Value)

3) This Win2K Pro machine has Office 2k Pro SR1 and MS Project. When I select some topics, it gives a installation dialog. It's my work machine, so I didn't install the software. Perhaps I just need to get the admin to install the help file??? It isn't prompting for an installation path I If I remember correctly though. I cannot remember a topic that causes this.

Thanks for any help.


We have an Access mdb file that only has links to Excel 2003 in it. When we refresh the links, the mdb file grows around 600% !!!

Only after running a repair on the mdb file is it reduced to abut 245 KB. But then bloats back to about 59 MB (!!!) when we refresh the links again...

Also - when we make the mdb read only it stays small. The Excel file also has Hebrew lang. in it.

There are only links to Excel in the file nothng else - what is causing the mdb file to grow so large? Is there metadata there that we cant see or maybe a config problem?


- Ivan

I am importing data from a delimited text file into a table.
Upon completion of the import, I would like to rename the file from
File.txt to File.old.

What is the best way to go about this?


How can I get Access 2000 to import text files with a .dat extension? I never had this problem with Acc97, but with A2K it's a major issue.

Try this experiment:
1. Create a text file named 123.txt. Include in that file the following string:1,2,3
2. Create a new db named 123.mdb.
3. File | Get External Data | Import | 123.txt. Hit finish. You will see a table named 123.
4. Delete your table.
5. Rename 123.txt as 123.dat.
6. File | Get External Data | Import | 123.dat. Hit Finish. You will get the following message:
Cannot update. Database or object is read-only.

I'd like to confirm that this is a universal issue--there's no info in the KB about it. Could somebody please try to reproduce it? And if anyone knows of a workaround, I'd *love* to hear about it.


Hello All.,

I am getting the following message "Microsoft Access Was Unable to Create an MDE Database" when I am attempting to compile a modestly sized MS ACcess database. I am using Access 2002 with an Access 2002 database. We have Access SP2 installed. SP3 not available inhouse yet.

I have tried all of the following
Decompiling and recompiling the database.
Creating a new MDB file and importing all the objects into it
Compiling it from another machine.

I am aware of KB202304 however my database does not have more than about 100 objects in it so I do not think this is relevent.
Does anyone have any other ideas on what might be wrong?

Thanks in advance

We have about 400 Excel files, all single-worksheet files, all formatted exactly the same in one folder.

What's the easiest way to pull the data from all 400 files into one Access table.

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