> ===> what I would do is to use a compression program like ZIP > that would compress everything in a directory and its subdirectories > (preserving the tree structure). Then copy that single file > to the AS/400 > for backup. There are hidden files and system files on the PC, but > ZIP can be instructed to include these too. If you are not doing > anything else on the PC, there should be no locks (but I have > a small amount of ignorance here too). You can also (using the command line version of WinZip) use the -u option, which will only add new or changed files to the archive. That way you can (once you have a base archive to work with) do a kind of incremental backup. --phil
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