Directory Not Changing in DOS with cd command

Discussion in 'Windows 7' started by laylos, Nov 2, 2010.

  1. laylos

    laylos MDL Novice

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    Hi

    New to DOS. Have a new laptop with win 7

    I need to get to my c:\program files in ms dos but can't seem to get out of the d: drive. When I enter "cd c:\Program Files" nothing happens. I can't get out of D:. D is denoted the 'Media"drive on the dell I've just got.

    Any help.

    Sorry of this is not the correct forum, but have W7

    Thanks
    Steve
     
  2. FreeStyler

    FreeStyler MDL Guru

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    Just type: C:
    Then: cd C:\Program Files
     
  3. offon7544

    offon7544 MDL Expert

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    Just add /D when you change drive letter :

     
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  4. Phazor

    Phazor MDL Expert

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    Wait a sec...youre trying to access an NTFS formatted volume from DOS?

    Dont think thats gonna work...

    Or is it FAT formatted?
     
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  5. laylos

    laylos MDL Novice

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    Hi Guys

    Many thanks for the replies. Both seem to work OK.

    @Phazor: How do I check which format it uses. I have hard drives on the laptop. D I can select Properties from explorer and it says NTFS, but when I click Properties on the C drive it gives me the System windows usually available by going through Control Panel>System...where I can't seem to find the format type.

    Thanks
    Steve
     
  6. Phazor

    Phazor MDL Expert

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    Since you didnt mention installing 7 deliberately to a FAT volume im pretty much positive that it is NTFS, however, you can try DiskManagement just to be 100% certain:

    START/AdministrativeTools/ComputerManagement/DiskManagement

    This will show all your volumes and their current attribs...
     
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  7. laylos

    laylos MDL Novice

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    Thanks

    They're both NTFS

    Steve
     
  8. Flipp3r

    Flipp3r MDL Expert

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    You can use the TAB key. From any folder, just start typing the folder name & press TAB (the \ means starting from root):
    cd \proTAB

    This will now change to :
    cd "\Program Files"

    If you keep pressing TAB, you'll get other folders.. etc "Program Files", "ProgramData", etc Even if they are hidden...
     
  9. OleBent

    OleBent MDL Member

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    Hehe Didnt know that one.....

    Very cool....
     
  10. laylos

    laylos MDL Novice

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    Yep

    That is pretty cool. Cheers
    Steve