** SPRING CLEANING FOR YOUR HARD DRIVE **
Stowaway from Patriquin! A true archival
system for the PC which frees hard disk space
by moving old or inactive files to floppy disks.
Stowaway features data compression, auto disk
formatting, and EASY restore! (Version 2.20)
In past releases of Stowaway, the Stowaway files HAD
to be located in \STOWAWAY. Now, Stowaway looks for the help
files and the indexes in the directory where STOW.EXE is
located. This means that if you want to continue using the
indexes from previous versions of Stowaway, you must either put
STOW.EXE in the \STOWAWAY directory, or copy the indexes to the
location of STOW.EXE.
If you have any questions regarding any of this material, PLEASE
call us at 909-352-2820.
Version 2.16 - 2.20
o Fixed the SHARE utility problem. Created a seperate
registration program to avoid SHARE problem
o Fixed problem with Stowaway attempting to decompress
ZIP, GIF and other uncompressed files
o Fixed numerous group archive questions problems
o Fixed a problem with command line processing using a
wildcard file description
o Fixed a bug with deleting group archive names
o Fixed a problem with listing files returning a "GET
o Fixed a bug with the default sort option
o Changed the Group Archive message
o Changed the location of the Group Archive question box
o Fixed a bug with selecting the first archive group -
all files were being selected
o Stowaway was ignoring the default sort order in the
o Fixed the F1 help screen to lock up the machine in the
file selection screen
o Using the F5 key to change groups caused Stowaway to
jump to the restore screen
o Fixed the location of the group archive question
so that is comes after you have selected the files
o Added a help box to the file selection menu
o Added a statistics box to the file selection menu
o Changed some help screens
o When selecting files for archival F5 allows the user
to switch groups without having to back out and re-select
o Fixed a problem with networks and the Share DOS
o Fixed a problem with the "restore TO directory"
o Corrected the I/O error handling routines
o Added volume compaction of archive sets
o Increased the sorting speed of file listings by 50%
o Compression is now 25% faster
o Ability to edit archive group names and file descriptions
o Fixed a problem with deleting files from archives
o Restoring files that came from a drive that no longer
exists would cause problems. Fixed.
o When restoring, if you want to put the files from
other drives onto the same directory structure of a
DIFFERENT drive, just specify the drive letter in the
target directory restore field.
o Added NEW AUTO RESTORE capability. Now, Stowaway
will archive files, and a TSR called Auto Restore can
be installed to automatically restore files that you
or any application attempts to access. For more
information, see AUTOREST.INF. This option is set in
the "Specify system options" menu.
o Added advanced options for more flexible operation.
directory to archive to
Default sort order
o 4Dos description support is now available. Stowaway
will automatically extract and use 4DOS descriptons when
appropriate. (See advanced options to set this flag)
o Added print to file as well as LTP1 and LPT2 in the
This version is being released as an interim release. Many
changes were made to fairly critical areas of the code, that we
would like to publish this version as a test version. We have
tested it extensivly and have had normal operation, so we hope
that our concern will be unwarranted.
Groups were limited to 200 in number. If exceeded,
garbage was displayed on the screen. Changed to 500,
with further increases expected in a subsequent release.
F9 was fixed in Restore, so that it would work in
Restore mode as well as list mode.
I/O was further buffered to increase speed and
Several minor cosemetic changes have been made to the
archive/restore processing screen.
Starting with this release, a new Stowaway utility is
now available. This program STOWRGEN.EXE is used to
recover your archive indexes when both the hard disk
copy and the floppy disk copy are either lost or
corrupted. This utility is FREE with a Stowaway
registration or can be obtained from Patri-Soft BBS.
Now you can print a record of your archive indexes! In
the restore or the list facitlity, press to print
out the current information about all of the listed
Added continuous No replace for overlaying files on
When archiving from the command line, Stowaway would
Command line restore was repaired and is now working
When restoring files without listing them, the very LAST
file in the list was not selected for restore.
At times, the group processing screen was filled with
garbage. This cause related minor problems, and is not
While listing files to be restored, 'T' and 'U' cause
Stowaway to crash.
Stowaway behaived erratically when press ESC on the
second (or later) disk mount request.
When in group processing, you could "delete" the line
which adds a group
When listing files and viewing the group name that they
are in, if the group had been deleted, garbage was
Restore sometime had problems with I/O recovery.
After archiving, if a directory tree was empty, the top
directory may not have been removed if there were empty
subs below it.
When the option to verify the volume by re-reading it
was turned on, a disk may not have been verified until
it was completely full.
When restoring indexes under an alternate ID, the
indexes were restored with the main index names. Fixed
to be restored with the current ID, no matter what ID
they were archived under.
Implemented I/O buffering on restore to increase
When archiving, an unlimited number of files can be
archived using the automatic scanning menu option or the
command line. Previously, Stowaway was limited by
memory to processing only 1700 files.
Restore can list an unlimited number of files at any
time. Previously restore was limited to 1500 files due
to memory restrictions. Now, the restore list is kept
on disk, which sacrifices performance, but allows to
process large amount of files.
Version 1.53 - Version 1.60 (1.53 not released for general
The input form in the "list archived files" menu option
had no mention on how to continue, only on how to go
back. Changed to reflect the proper instructions.
During restore and listing of archived files, F9, now
returns to the "group processing" screen, enabling you
to quickly switch between groups. (if restoring, all
tagged files are lost)
When press F6 for alternate information in restore, all
information was not always cleared properly.
When using the "Automatic scanning" to archive files, if
the path was not complete, it caused later problems on
restore/verify etc. Fixed so that the path is ALWAYS
complete with drive letter and full path name.
Due to a bug in Borland's Turbo C++ version 1.0, 2.0, and
3.0, I/O errors were not properly processed. By
reverting to an early version of Turbo C, the problem
Disks were sometimes not properly formatted.
Stowaway will ask to remove directories after archival
if they are empty.
Stowaway had problems restoring files archive on an 8088
class machine. The data was intact, but at times got
CRC errors on restore.
Input/Output is now buffered in archive and restore.
This translates to better performance while processing
files. For example, a file that used to take 75 seconds
to be archived, now is completed in 48 seconds.
The instructions on the restore screen were somewhat
confusing. In this version, the information has been
File sizes in file selection screens are right
justified, to increase readability.
If Stowaway detected a bad file during verification, it
acknowledged the error and terminated with the message
"All files verified OK." Despite this error, Stowaway
still verified the files correctly and identified bad
When verifying files twice in one session, Stowaway
bypassed the disk mount message and began to read the
disk without verifying that a disk was mounted.
In any file selection screen, PGDN, PGUP, END, and HOME
no longer "scroll." The screen instantly displays the
desired line. This results in a tremendous speed
difference when scrolling.
In all file selection screens, 'T' tags all files and
'U' untags all files.
While selecting files for archival, Sort by Extenstion
is now available.
In the archive file selection screen, F2 toggles the
"Reset archive Attribute." This is designed so that
Stowaway can turn off the DOS archive attribute, and
effectivly "backup" a file.
Chages in STOWAWAY version 1.30
If F3 was pressed to perform a DOS command, and then the
user press ESC, Stowaway did not reupdate the help which
resulted in an old help panel being displayed next time
F1 was pressed.
The main menu "Print order form" used two hotkeys that
were the same: Ltp1 and Lpt2.
While formatting a disk, the displayed cylinders
formatted was 1 off - this was a cosmetic change only.
Group names are now sorted case insensitive.
While in manual file selection, directories that had
numbers as names sorted above the and .
Some users expressed a desire to be able to toggle the
textured background on and off. This is available in
the "Set alternate colors" menu. Also, shadow colors
are switched to black if textured background is off.
Stowaway now provides a facility to view the files which
have been archived. This enables the user to quickly
and easily verify what files have been archived.
While selecting files in archive file selection,
STOWAWAy "remembers" the location of the highlight bar
if you switch to an alternate directory. Then, when
returning to the original directory, the highlight bar
is returned to the original location.
If files are tagged for archival, and ESC is hit,
Stowaway will confirm the action.
Added a menu option in the utilities to display archive
statistics. This options shows active, deleted, and
expired files, compression ratio and more.
When tagging a directory, the "Yes No" prompt was not
standard. Changed to the button type "Yes No"
Added F1=HELP reminders to all the headers.
WordStar conrol keys are now available in all file
Changes in Stowaway version 1.20:
Stowaway did not properly save the indexes to disk when
using an alternate ID. This posed no threat to the
integrity of the data.
When using the automatic disk formatting capability,
Stowaway did not properly display the format message on
the second disk.
Archiving in auto mode would abort before completing.
All data was intact and unthreatened though.