MS-DOS Shell Will Not Save Temporary Files to Floppy Disk (74682)

The information in this article applies to:
    Microsoft MS-DOS operating system 5.0
    Microsoft MS-DOS operating system 5.0a
    Microsoft MS-DOS operating system 6.0

This article was previously published under Q74682


When task swapping within MS-DOS version 5.0 and later Shell, dynamically created temporary files cannot be stored on a floppy drive. Even if the temporary environment variable is pointing to a floppy drive, Shell overrides the variable and creates any temporary files on the hard drive.

If executing commands from the command prompt, such as the TYPE and PIPE commands, MS-DOS will store temporary files on the floppy disk.

MS-DOS Shell recognizes a RAM drive for storing temporary files during task swapping.

Modification Type: Major Last Reviewed: 10/10/2003
Keywords: KB74682