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Microsoft DOS assign command

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Availability
Assign syntax
Assign examples

About assign

Introduced with MS-DOS 2.0 and has been available up to 6.0 where it was removed because of concern with data issues. Was latter made available on the MS-DOS 6.0, 6.2, and 6.22 supplemental disks. The assign command redirects disk operation on one drive to a different drive.

Note: Any users using Windows 95 or above should not use this command and consider using the subst command as a substitute.

Availability

The assign command is an external command file named assign.com and is available in the below Microsoft operating systems as assign.com.

MS-DOS 2.0 - 6.0, 6.2, 6.22

Assign syntax

ASSIGN Source = Target /status

ASSIGN Assign with no switches cancels redirected drive assignments and sets them back to their original drives.
Source Letters of source drives
Target Letters of target drives
/status Lists current drive assignments

Assign examples

Note: The assign command does not work with format, diskcopy, diskcomp, backup, label, restore, print or subst.

Warning: Do not use a colon after a drive letter in versions prior to 5.0.

assign a: = b:

Assigns the A: drive as the B: drive.

assign a =  b = c

Assigns A as B and B as C.