Microsoft DOS msbackup command

Updated: 05/21/2018 by Computer Hope

About msbackup

A later MS-DOS application that enables users to backup their data on their computer.

The msbackup is an MS-DOS version of the new backup command and mwbackup is the Windows version of this backup program.

MS-DOS 6.0, 6.2, 6.21, and 6.22 users can still find the older backup file on the MS-DOS 6.0 and 6.22 supplemental disk.


The msbackup and mwbackup commands are external commands that are available in the below Microsoft operating systems as msbackup.exe and mwbackup.exe.

Msbackup syntax

MS-DOS 6.0, 6.2, 6.21, and 6.22 syntax

msbackup [setup_file] [/bw] [/lcd] [/mda]

setup_file Option setup file that can be used to specify what files to backup.
/bw Run msbackup in black-and-white mode.
/lcd Run msbackup in LCD screen mode.
/mda Run msbackup in monochrome mode

Msbackup examples


The above example would run MSBACKUP. Because this program is now a menu driven program there are not many switch options available.

Additional information

  • See our backup definition for further information and related links on this term.