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(C) Copyright 1990, 1991 Super Software


Version 3.xx

Reference Manual

Custom diskette duplication -- Fast, safe, and easy to use.

Context sensitive help and on-line manual make it easy! Super
DiskCopy is user supported software (Shareware). If you use it
past the initial 15 day evaluation period you are required to
register it. No exceptions!

Note: Your registration number is on the back of this manual, on
the #1 distribution diskette, and on your registration card.

Super DiskCopy

"Custom Diskette Duplicator -- Fast, Safe, and Easy to Use"

is published by

Super Software
403 East NASA Rd 1, Suite 377
Webster, TX 77598 U.S.A.
Voice: (713) 488-0210
FAX: (713) 280-0525

Published and printed in the United States of America.

(C) Copyright 1990 by Super Software as a licensed, unpublished,
proprietary work. All international rights reserved.

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The printed Reference Manual and associated registered software
may not be copied, resold, reproduced, disclosed, archived,
transmitted, or transferred in any form, electronic or otherwise,
without the expressed written permission of Super Software. You
may freely distribute the Shareware version.

TO REGISTERED USERS: (those who paid and have a valid s/n)
Super Software hereby grants a "book" license to the original
individual (even if purchased by a company) user of this copy of
Super DiskCopy. You may use the program on your computer and
make one backup for storage as long as there is no possibility of
use or residence on more than one machine at any time. Just like
two people cannot read the same book in different locations at
the same time. Every registered copy of Super DiskCopy has a
unique embedded serial number for traceabililty. You may not
sell or give copies of the registered program or printed
documentation to anyone. No exceptions.

Pricing, specifications, and conditions are subject to change
without notice.

Send all registrations and inquires for site (multiple CPU or
network) licensing to Super Software at the above address.


Super Software makes NO claims AND offers NO warranties of any
sort with Super DiskCopy. Super Software assumes NO
responsibility for any sort of damage resulting from the apparent
or actual use of Super DiskCopy (mental or physical). The
program provided is not guaranteed as to merchantability or
fitness for its ultimate use. The user accepts all
responsibility for use and may not resell the program.

IBM PC/XT/AT are registered trademarks of the International
Business Machines Corporation.

Super DiskCopy is a trademark of Super Software. Other
trademarks belong to their respective owners.

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This manual is dedicated to Mae and Dave of MaeDae Enterprises
without whose never ending perseverance, Super DiskCopy would not
be possible.


You will notice that this manual is concise. This is intentional
as we have strived to make Super DiskCopy the easiest program of its
type to use. We have opted to provide an on-line manual and
extensive context sensitive user help. Feel free to use this
reference manual to install and get acquainted with the program.

Also, we will be using the acronym "SDC" interchangeably with
Super DiskCopy throughout this manual.

For many of you, this may be your first exposure to Shareware.
To help eliminate possible confusion, we have included a short
description of the Shareware marketing concept, explaining what
it is and why it relies on you for its survival.

What is Shareware? Shareware is not a kind of software. It is a
revolutionary method of marketing Commercial software. Our
software is Commercial software that we are allowing you to
examine for 15 days before you make the purchase decision. With
traditional marketing methods, you have to purchase Commercial
software from a computer store or through mail order businesses,
then try it out, and hope it does what you want. Shareware
allows you to "try before you buy!"

We rely upon you, the customer, to examine our software. If you
find our software useful, please register. Your support is
needed for us to continue to improve our products.

Enough of this verbage. The real fun and learning begin when you
use the program. So enjoy, live long, and prosper.

With warmest regards,

The gang at Super Software.

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Table of Contents

Page Description
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5. What is Super DiskCopy?

5. Hardware Requirements

6. Installation - Introduction

6. Installation - "README.EXE" file.

7. Installation Notes

8. Getting Started

11. Tutorial

12. Additional Features

12. Troubleshooting

13. Miscellaneous

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WHAT IS Super DiskCopy?

Super DiskCopy is a powerful diskette duplicator that allows you

1. Read a diskette into memory,

2. Make as many copies as you desire without re-reading the

3. Compare the disk in memory against other diskettes,

4. Format diskettes in a variety of formats,

5. Map out a diskette usage,

6. Find out information about a diskette -- sides, sectors, etc,

7. And do it all without cryptic commands!

Super DiskCopy comes configured to work with most display adapters
and monitors. You can easily customize it to suit your needs.


1. IBM PC/XT/AT, IBM PS/2, or fully compatible computer.

2. 256K RAM and DOS 3.0 or later. We recommend 640K for maximum

3. Any monitor. Super DiskCopy has been written to accommodate
monochrome, color, enhanced graphics, and video graphics array
adapters. Some "autoswitch" adapters may need to be in "manual".

4. At least one 5.25" floppy disk drive and a hard disk (2MB
free space minimum for the full system and space for a spool file
to allow copying of floppies) are strongly recommended. Super
DiskCopy supports 160K, 180K, 320K, 360K, and 1.2M format 5.25"
diskettes and 720K/1.44M 3 1/2" diskettes.

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Two 5.25" diskettes are normally included with Super DiskCopy.
Also, some copies sold thru various distributors may vary in disk
quantity and make up, but all the files will be there.

The diskette with the bright green label contains a Shareware
(15 day trial version) of Super DiskCopy that has information
screens, but all other features are enabled. The purpose of this
diskette is to check your entire system for proper operation
before you break the seal on the full system diskettes. (a.k.a.
Diskette #0)

Diskette #1 (the main disk) contains the actual program, the
context sensitive help, the on-line manual and additional support
files. Diskette 1 is sealed.


1. Make sure the Disk Operating System (DOS) has been loaded
into your system and you are at A>> (system prompt). If you are
confused, consult your computer manual or your local PC "guru"
first as we can only help you with Super DiskCopy. If you need
help with DOS, try a local community college, adult continuing
education course at a local high school, or a "Puter-Tutor" type
training service.

2. For all other installation information including hard and
floppy drives, run and read the "README.EXE" you'll find on all
distribution diskettes.

3. Insert a distribution diskette into DRIVE A.

4. Type

(Enter on some machines, also, <>, )

Follow the instructions contained in this file. You can print the
"README.EXE" file to your printer by typing "T" (and following
instrucitions) while you are viewing the file.

In general, all you have to do to run SDC is to type:


The on-line help and manual should get you going quickly.

Please sign and mail your registration card to the address on it.
Make a copy for your own records. User support and updates cannot
be provided UNTIL your registration form is on file.

Although SDC is not copy protected, you may make copies for
archive purposes only. The purchase of one copy does not
authorize you to install SDC on more than one machine or on a
network. If you intend to install to a hard drive, but run the
program from your floppy drive first, delete the file SDC.CNF
(if it exists) before loading to your hard drive.
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P.S. The Shareware (Test Drive, 15 day trial version) of Super
DiskCopy will do everything the registered program will do.
Feel free to share ONLY the Shareware version with friends and
potential users of Super DiskCopy for 15 day trail and evaluation
purposes only. You may not use the Shareware version on other
machines in order to avoid purchasing additional copies of the
full program. You NOT not give away any copies or make more than
one copy of the fully operational program for other than archival
purposes. The full version of Super DiskCopy has a unique serial
number embedded in each copy for traceability.

1. Diskette #1 contains many files in addition to SDC.EXE.
Because Super DiskCopy is a large program, the additional files
SDC_HM.TXT and SDC_HM.INX are required for context sensitive
help and on-line manual. So please make sure that these files
are in your default directory when running the program.

If you have only one floppy drive, you can build a work diskette
containing: SDC.EXE, SDC_HM.TXT, and SDC_HM.INX. Do not copy
SDC.CNF, if it exists. A new SDC.CNF will be saved when you
select options.

2. If your Super DiskCopy does not run properly:

A. Delete the SDC.CNF file and try to run again. Check out our
troubleshooting section near the end of this manual.

B. Your machine may not be totally IBM PC operating system
compatible. This is not always disastrous and a quick call to
our phone support staff may solve your problem.

C. You may have a slightly incompatible "EGA" card with auto
switch features. Usually, turning off autoswitch and forcing the
system into the EGA mode solves the problem.

D. If you have any memory resident programs or system drivers,
try running without them loaded in your computer. On some
computers, ANSI.SYS is suspect. It is very important to disable
any disk caching software before running SDC since SDC works
very closely with the disk drives.

3. If your monitor appears to be losing certain characters or
features, you may have a "color" system with a composite
monochrome (green, amber, LCD, etc.) monitor. Adjust the
contrast and brightness of the monitor until the screen is
readable. In some cases, you may have to go to the Install Menu
to chose acceptable "colors". See the "Troubleshooting" section.

4. This Manual is designed to give you a general overview and
familiarity with the program. More complete, up-to-date
information is available to you through the context sensitive
help (F1) and the on-line manual. When using the more advanced
features of the program, the help screens will guide you through
the toughest questions with ease. As Super DiskCopy continues to
add more features, you can be sure that the on-line manual and
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context sensitive help will give you the guidance needed. This
way everybody wins. We don't spend money continually revising
manuals and charging you higher prices, and you get what you want
and deserve: accurate up-to-date information. So fire up the
computer, dig in, and welcome to Super DiskCopy!

5. Note to advanced users: To be able to run Super DiskCopy
from any point on your hard disk, create a batch file called
SDC.BAT and store it in your path.

It should contain --> C:\SDC\SDC.EXE C:\SDC\SDC.CNF

This will enable you to run SDC from anywhere on your hard disk
with full help and on-line manual. Be sure to install the
help/manual path within SDC to be C:\SDC.


After you type SDC <> (Enter or Return), the opening screen
of Super DiskCopy (SDC) will appear. At the bottom of your SDC
opening screen you are instructed to press any key to continue.
The MAIN MENU will appear on your screen.

The main display of SDC consists of:

1. The main menu at the top of the screen
2. A description of the currently highlighted menu item at the
3. An operation history at the left center
4. An abbreviated directory at the right center once a diskette
is loaded

The operation history box contains some information about
operations already performed. The top four lines show execution
times for the last load, copy, compare, or format operation.
These times are shown for informational purposes only. The
bottom two lines of the history box show what the last operation
was and its status. This frees you from having to watch the
screen duning an operation and allows you to quickly select the
next operation.

The abbreviated directory box shows the names of the first four
files of the loaded diskette. When no diskette is currently
loaded into memory, this box does not appear. You can use the
directory command under the utility section to display a full
directory at any time, once a diskette is loaded.

When a load, copy, format, or compare operation is in progress,
the main display is replaced by a progress box in the center of
the screen. The box gives information on what low-level
operation is currently being performed. This allows you to see
how SDC performs its various operations. For example, if you
answered NO to the Forced Format Option, you can see when SDC is
forced to format anyway because the diskette isn't already

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The Main Menu items are described below.

** On-Line Manual: This is an on-line manual covering features of
Super DiskCopy in more depth than the documentation available in
this manual.

** Load: Load a source diskette into memory for further copies
or compares. We even support reading back a previously saved
diskette from a file. See the copy section for how to save a
diskette to file.

Before a copy, compare, or directory can be performed, a diskette
must be loaded into memory. This is usually a master diskette
created specifically for the purpose of duplication, but of
course, it can be any diskette in a format that SDC supports.
This diskette is loaded track by track, which allows SDC to
create an exact duplicate.

If any bad sectors are encountered on the diskette, the load
operation is halted. If this does occur, format a new diskette
using SDC, then exit to DOS and use DOS's copy command to copy
the files to the new diskette.

SDC requires only 256K of free memory to work (640K RAM
recommended for faster operation). This is possible because of
our virtual memory techniques. Any loaded data that can't fit
into memory is placed on another disk drive instead. This
'virtual' drive can be a hard disk, RAM drive, or even another
floppy drive. A floppy virtual drive will greatly slow the load,
copy, and compare operations. For fastest operation, we
recommend using a RAM drive, but a hard disk will do very well.
You can choose the virtual drive by using the Install-VirDrive

** Copy: Copy a diskette. This option allows you to easily copy
a diskette without any complex commands. It also supports
multiple copies and saving the diskette to a file.

This command will make a single copy of a loaded diskette.
Simply re-run the command to make as many copies as you need. A
diskette must first be loaded into memory with the Load command
before a copy of it can be made. SDC automatically verifies
each track as it makes the copy. This does slow the copying
process slightly, but the reliability gain this achieves is well
worth the time.

If any bad sectors are encountered on the diskette, the copy
operation is halted. SDC can only make exact image duplicates,
so any bad diskette locations would prevent this. This also
serves to improve reliability of the copied diskette, since a
diskette with some bad sectors is likely to have more bad sectors
in the future. When a bad spot is found, an error message is
displayed. Insert a new floppy diskette and re-run the copy

** DiskComp: Compare the diskette stored in memory against a
diskette you insert into the diskette drive.

SDC automatically verifies each copy or format, track by track.
The DiskComp command allows you to perform this verify at any
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time afterwards, for an extra measure of reliability testing
(maybe on a different machine or drive), or for spot-checking by
a Quality Assurance department.

If the DiskComp fails at any point, the operation is halted and
an error message is displayed.

** Format: Format the specified diskette in a variety of

The Format command is useful for formatting diskettes that are
not to be used for disk duplication. Since SDC will format a
diskette during Copy, this command is NOT necessary for disk
duplication. Formatting a diskette before it is copied will not
affect the copy, and can speed up the copy operation if the
Forced Format Option is turned off. However, the best overall
throughput is achieved by turning on the Forced Format Option,
not running Format, and letting the Copy operation take care of

The format performed is simple and straightforward, and does not
include the ability to add a volume label, make the disk
bootable, or mark bad sectors. Furthermore, once a format is
complete, NO data can be recovered from the formatted diskette.
To add a volume label to the diskette, use the DOS label command.
To make the diskette bootable:

1. Exit to DOS. Do not copy any files to the new floppy
diskette until after you run steps 2 and 3.
2. Run 'SYS drive:' where 'drive' is the drive letter of where
your newly formatted resides.
3. Copy COMMAND.COM from your boot drive to the new floppy.

When bad sectors are encountered, the format operation stops and
displays an error message.

** Utility: Utilities for checking a diskette status (type) and
mapping out diskette usage on a cluster basis. This area is for
the advanced user.

** Install: The installation portion of Super DiskCopy allows you to
customize the colors, directory defaults, and other options.

** Quit and exit to DOS: All good things must come to an end.
Choose this option if you want to leave Super DiskCopy and return to

You may choose any of the displayed options by pressing the first
letter or by moving the light bar (the giant cursor) with your
cursor keys or space bar to the desired option and pressing
Return. Please note that once you have a pulldown active, the
first letter selects options within the pulldown NOT the top
Super DiskCopy main menu line.

(If you have a "color" system with a composite monochrome monitor
and don't see a light bar or other features, try adjusting the
brightness or contrast of your monitor. You may also need to
install special colors for your system. See the Install Menu.)

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Now let's do something simple to demonstrate how Super DiskCopy

Insert a source diskette into drive A:. Select the Load option
from the Main Menu. Use the down arrow to highlight the "Load
from A:" and press enter.

Your screen should clear and a box will appear in the middle of
the screen showing you the status as the diskette is loaded.

Insert a destination diskette into drive A:. Select the "Copy
Option" from the main menu using the down arrow and select "Copy
to A:" and press enter. The screen will clear and a box will
appear showing you the status as it makes a copy of the diskette.
You can make as many copies as desired without reloading the
source diskette.

TUTORIAL (copying diskettes)

Now let's copy a diskette while using various options. Don't
worry about being fancy or being intimidated; this first use is
only for practice. We can get fancy later.

From the Main Menu, press


(Load) a diskette.

Insert a source diskette into drive A:, close the drive door, and
press A to load from drive A:. You will notice the screen clear
and a box appear in the middle of the screen showing you the
status of the operation.

After the diskette has been loaded you can make as many copies as
desired by selecting the main menu copy option and pressing - A
for destination drive A: or B for destination drive B:. You
don't even have to worry about whether the diskette has been
formatted. SDC will "sense" the state of the destination
diskette and format as needed (you can override this by "turning
forced format on" thru the option on the menu).

Once the diskette has been loaded, you can use the utilities
section Directory function of SDC to "look" at the data. You
will notice that an extra window comes up at the bottom of the
screen showing an abbreviated directory once the disk is

Insert a diskette into drive A:. Press A to copy the diskette to
drive A:. SDC will keep you advised of the status of the copy
operation. You have now made a copy of the source diskette. If
you want another copy, insert another diskette and press copy
option A again. What could be easier or faster?

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For users with color monitors, the color option in the Install
menu gives you total color control of text, background, borders,
highlighted areas, etc. Just press C from the install menu.



If, after loading Super DiskCopy, you see text and no borders, or
nothing at all, you may have a compatibility problem. SDC uses
high speed screen updates which may cause a problem with some
not-too-close IBM PC operating system compatibles. For example,
the Tandy 2000 and Sanyo 555 series computers are not compatible
with SDC.

IBM type monochrome (MDA), color (CGA), EGA (enhanced graphic),
and VGA (video graphic array) adapters are known to work with
Super DiskCopy. If you are using a compatible color video card
with a green or amber screen, or LCD monitor, you may need to
adjust your brightness and contrast, or Install other "colors"
from the color installation screen. Also see the BWVIDEO.DOC
file. BWVIDEO.COM is a "color killer" that works especially well
with composite monochrome monitors, and lap top computers with
LCD monitors. Sometimes executing the DOS "MODE BW80" command

Some "autoswitch" Enhanced Graphic Adapters and "Hercules" type
mono-graphics cards may need to have their auto modes disabled
for proper operation.

If Super DiskCopy will not run, you may have insufficient memory,
or too many memory resident programs. Try running SDC with no
memory resident programs.

If Super DiskCopy just stops running or "freezes", you may have
removed the program diskette from the disk drive. The program
disk must be available to access the context sensitive help and
on-line manual. Of course, if SDC.EXE and its support files are
on your hard drive, this will probably not be a problem.

Occasionally, certain memory resident, TSR, or "pop-up" programs
conflict with Super DiskCopy. In general, there is no problem, but
there are many new programs being written without regard to the
system requirements of SDC. Remove them from memory, and try
again. If that fails, try getting rid of device drivers in your
CONFIG.SYS file. ANSI.SYS is a prime suspect for some not-so-

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Super DiskCopy works closely with your computer's disk drives to
gain much of its speed. However, it never directly addresses
your computer drives without using standard DOS calls. If you
have any disk cache software that modifies the way DOS works,
then Super DiskCopy may not function properly. If you are having
"strange" problems, we strongly recommend that you remove all
disk cache software before running SDC!

For Super DiskCopy to make copies as quickly as it does, it must
perform operations without being interupted by memory resident
programs. Super DiskCopy will work with almost any memory resident
program. However, some of them may double the time required to
make copies due to them stealing time away from SDC during
critical periods of the copying process.

Super DiskCopy verifies ALL writes to your diskette during copies.
It takes longer to verify every write but ensuring the validity
of your data is worth it. Our goal is to be the most reliable
(and fastest) software disk duplicator available.

Use of a RAM disk as the spooling drive can drastically speed up
the performance of Super DiskCopy when copying larger diskettes.
Use your extended or expanded memory as a RAM disk and install
Super DiskCopy to use that drive as your spool drive.

Super DiskCopy uses your computer's Basic Input Output System
(BIOS) for working with your diskette drives. If your add-on
drives use special drivers that "trick" your computer into
accepting them, then they may not be recognized and supported by
your computer's BIOS. Super DiskCopy will work with any 360K,
1.2M, 720K, or 1.44M drive as long as that drive is recognized
AND supported by your computer's BIOS.

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