Ycopy - User Guide

This user guide outlines the process of using Ycopy to move data from one drive (or folder) to another.

1) Configure the hardware

Exactly what you need to do to accomplish this may vary dependent on the specific hardware being used. Configure the original source and destination hard disks so they are detected and usable by windows. Partition and format the destination drive if necessary. Figure 1 shows a typical configuration.

Figure 1. Source drive in foreground, copying to destination drive mounted in the computer. Note the use of an add-on PCI IDE card. We found this can make the process easier by simplifying master/slave configuration.

2) Copy the data

Start Ycopy, you will be presented with the main window, see Figure 2. Select the source drive (or folder) using the upper 'Browse...' button. Select the destination drive (or folder) using the lower 'Browse...' button. You can also make a new folder, using the 'New folder' button in the browse dialog if required* . That option is not available under windows 98 Click the 'Start Copy' button to start copying the data. As the copy progresses you will see the Status: field display the current file being copied and Statistics: bar being updated with the amount of data copied successfully so far. The report window will list any files that can't be copied. Note that Ycopy should be started by a user account that has administrative privileges.
* The new folder button is not available under Windows 98.

Figure 2. Ycopy trial version main window with copy in progress. Note the buttons can be accessed via shortcut keys e.g. Alt + B to browse for the source folder.

Note: Since this screenshot was captured I have decided to distribute Ycopy freely. As such you now get the full and unrestricted version when you download. The trial version and it's restrictions are now a thing of the past :).

3) Wait until the copy completes

When the copy completes, Ycopy will let you know in the Status: bar and the "Busy" bar will stop moving from side to side. The report window will also become editable. At this point you may choose to add to or edit the text of the report. i.e. you might add the customers name to the report for easy reference.

4) Optional - Print the report

As the heading says, this step is optional. It is useful when you want to be able to report back to the customer which files were unable to be copied to the new disk. A typical example would be in a computer shop where you could print out the report and attach it to the customers machine.