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"Not Recognized" Error Using PKZIP.EXE with Ampersand (&) Switch

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When you use PKZIP.EXE with the ampersand (&) switch to span multiplefloppy disks, the following error message appears:
The name specified is not recognized as an internal or external command, operable program or batch file.
The ampersand switch is not interpreted by the Command Prompt (CMD.EXE)because it is a reserved command character, used to separate multiplecommands on one line. Therefore, the characters following the ampersand areinterpreted as a bad name.
To work around this problem, use the carrot character (^), above the "6"key, which allows you to input command characters as text. For example, tocompress the C:\DATA directory over multiple floppy disks on the A drive,you would use the following command:

Alternatively, you can surround the ampersand character with quotes such asfollows:

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Article ID: 130893 - Last Review: 02/23/2014 01:05:28 - Revision: 3.1

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