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If you suspect bad media when you install a program from a CD-ROM, and there is limited hard-disk space on your computer, you can use the Xcopy utility to copy all of the files to Null to test the media. In MS-DOS, Null is a virtual file to which data can be copied or printed. Windows 2000 does not recognize Null. This article explains how to perform this procedure.
Although you cannot copy all of the files to the Null device, you can copy each of the files on the CD-ROM to a single file. Each file copied replaces (overwrites) the previous file. The free disk space on the hard disk needed for this procedure is the size of the largest file on the CD-ROM.
Before you proceed, always make sure that the CD-ROM is clean.
To delete the temporary file when you are finished running Xcopy, type the following at the command prompt (press ENTER after each line):
del /f c:\test1