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.

Platform: Windows
Cost: No charge
Audience: Students, Faculty and Staff

License Information

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 Micosoft 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.

Download DBMS/Copy

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.

Installation Instructions

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:

  1. Select Start, Run...

  2. In the Open box enter: C:\dbmscopy8\setup.exe

  3. Press OK

  4. 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. 

DBMS/Copy Manuals

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.

Installation Support

If you need assistance with the installation of DBMS/Copy, contact the IT Support Center.