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New Member

backup copy of IOS

i have 2620 could i make a copy of IOS on my hard drive to instal it if it is necessary on my router again. thx for your help.

Cisco Employee

Re: backup copy of IOS

You can always download it from CCO

If you want to get it from your router, have a TFTP server running and use the following commands


Directory of flash:/

1 -rw- 9884244 c2600-is-mz.122-5

2 -rw- 5102488 c2600-is-mz.120-22.bin

16252928 bytes total (1266068 bytes free)

Router#copy flash: tftp:

Source filename []? c2600-is-mz.120-22.bin

Address or name of remote host []?

Destination filename [c2600-is-mz.120-22.bin]?

New Member

Re: backup copy of IOS

Can I make it using XMODEM protocol 'cos I'd not like to use TFTP? Thx.

Cisco Employee

Re: backup copy of IOS

No..You cannot use XMODEM. XMODEM is used to install software on to the router if it looses it's IOS image. What is wrong with TFTP? You can dowload a TFTP server for free from

New Member

Re: backup copy of IOS

OK. I understand. Can You tell me please, how to reinstall IOS from my hard drive to router using XMODEM. Please, write it down step by step because I do it for the first time. Thx for your patience.

Cisco Employee
New Member

Re: backup copy of IOS

Thx for Your quick reply. I will manage it I suppose. Thank you very much for Your help. Kind regards and warm greetings.

New Member

Re: backup copy of IOS

If you have a newer version of IOS, > 12.0 I think, you should be able to use ftp instead of tftp.

conf t

ip ftp username yourftpusername

ip ftp password yousecretpassword


copy locationofios:iosname ftp:


// Fredrik