Software Description: DBMS/COPY is a tool for transferring data between software programs such as spreadsheets, databases and statistical programs including SAS, SPSS, JMP, S-Plus, SigmaStat and Stata. DBMS/COPY directly reads and writes the native binary files of over 80 packages. DBMS/COPY’s interactive ASCII Data Dictionary Builder is useful for working with ASCII files. DBMS/COPY takes care of dissimilar numeric types, date variables, time variables, null value and variable name truncation. The built-in batch processing can automate repetitive transfers.
Cost: No charge
Audience: Students, Faculty and Staff
In 2002, DBMS/Copy was acquired by SAS. SAS discontinued development and support of DBMS/Copy effective November 1, 2008. VCU has a perpetual license for DBMS/Copy; therefore, it will be continued to be distributed to the VCU community until new data formats make it obsolete.
Note: The current release of DBMS/Copy is NOT supported under Microsoft VISTA, Windows 7 and Windows 10.
DBMS/COPY and DBMS/Explorer licenses were obtained under a site license and can only be used on the VCU campus by faculty, staff and students on VCU owned computers. Copies of DBMS/COPY are available by for download.
To download DBMS/Copy, you must complete the license registration and authorization form. The installation and use of DBMS/Copy is restricted to use on the VCU campus. An email with instructions and the serial number will be sent to you.
The DBMS/COPY download file is a self-extracting zip file containing many files. When you double click on install_dbmscopy80.exe, by default it will extract these files into a directory called C:\dbmscopy8.
To install after extracting:
Select Start, Run...
In the Open box enter: C:\dbmscopy8\setup.exe
After downloading DBMS/COPY, a serial number will be sent to your @vcu.edu e-mail account.
The first time DBMS/COPY is run, you will be prompted to enter this serial number.
Training and Support
Limited training and support is available for DBMS/Copy due to the age of the application.
Documentation for DBMS/COPY and DBMS/Explorer installs automatically. Manuals can be accessed by selecting the program menu: Help, Manuals On-line.
A PDF version of the dfPower DBMS/Copy 8.0 User's Guide is available on the program Help menu.
If you need assistance with the installation of DBMS/Copy, contact the IT Support Center.