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Keep Data Files for Built-in Applications On a Flash Card 100/200LX

Applications run faster on the C drive than the A drive so its common to run them on the C drive and keep a backup on the A drive.

But there are also reasons to keep the data files associated with your Appointment Book, PhoneBook, NoteTaker, and DataBase applications on a Flash card instead of the C drive. (If you do this, you will want to keep a backup of the files on your desktop or on a second Flashcard.) These reasons are:

  1. 1. Flash cards almost never corrupt or fail. Your Palmtops batteries can die and you can loose your important data.
  2. 2. There's usually more room on a Flash card for these files than on the C drive.
  3. 3. You can free up C drive memory. This lets you go into the Palmtops Setup program and re-partition the Flash disk on the Palmtop to give you more System RAM (up to a maximum of 636K). More System RAM means you can run bigger DOS programs and keep more built-in applications open at the same time.
  4. 4. Finally, having data files on a Flash card makes it easier to copy them to a desktop PC with a PC card drive.
By default, the HP 100/200LX stores these data files in the C:\_DAT directory. To have your Palmtop open built-in application files on your A drive, close all your built-in applications by pressing (&...) (MENU) Application Close All. Then open FILER, go to C:\_DAT and look for files with any of the following extensions:

Extension .... File for this application

.GDB ..... DataBase

.PDB...... PhoneBook

.NDB...... NoteTaker

.ADB...... Appointment Book

.DOC...... MEMO

.WDB...... WorldTime

  1. 1. You first have to move files with these extensions to your A drive. You may want to create a _DAT directory on the A drive and copy the files there.
  2. 2. Open the built-in applications and load the data files. When you try to open the built-in application, you may get the File not found error message. This is because the Palmtop remembers where the file was and is looking for it there.
Press (MENU) File Open, key in the complete path and name of the file (the new location on the A drive, e.g., A:\_DAT\PHONE.PDB) and press (F10). (Instead of typing in the path you can Tab to the Files and Directories boxes; select the appropriate drive, directory, and file name; and then press (ENTER).)

  1. 3. Follow this procedure with all the built-in applications whose data files you moved. Once you've loaded the data file into the application, the Palmtop remembers where it is and loads that file whenever the application is started.
Fred Kaufman [TeamHP] CompuServe ID: [72560,36]

and Rich Hall Editor, HP Palmtop Paper

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