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MS-DOS LABEL: "Cannot make directory entry" error? (Users)

posted by CluelessInSeattl(R), Seattle, USA, 26.12.2013, 17:19

I'm trying to change the volume label in MS-DOS 6.21 on a set of 3 back-up floppies.

I used DISKCOPY to create copies 2 & 3 of a floppy that I've been using to keep an archive of the development of a tricky batch file I've been working on.

After making the copies I tried to create volume labels for the three diskettes.

But when I typed in a new label at the LABEL prompt, I got this error message:

"Cannot make a directory entry."

The existing label is "AC" (which appears on all three diskettes but which means nothing to me. My memory is so poor these days though, that I could very well have created that label on the original floppy ages ago and then forgotten about it).

I hunted around on the web and found one set of instructions that suggests that the diskette may have once been used with the Windows 95 LFN system.

If that's the case (and it very well could be, because the floppy I made the copies from is an old one and may have once been used for Win 95 data back in the day).

The article suggests reformatting the disk. But if I do that, then I lose all the data on it.

So, I'd be grateful for some ideas on how to make copies of these diskettes onto fresh diskettes so that I would be able to change the volume label on the new copies.

Will in Seattle
a.k.a. "Clueless"
Running MS-DOS 6.21


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