This page was last modified 12:04, 14 May 2020 by Gdx. Based on work by Mars2000you and DamnedAngel and others.



Saves a specified area of memory to the specified device and/or file name.


  • BSAVE "<Device>:\<Path>\<Filename>",<StartAddress>,<EndAddress>,<ExecutionAddress>
  • BSAVE "<Device>:\<Path>\<Filename>",<StartAddress>,<EndAddress>,S


  • Character backslash (\) serves as a separator between the folders and the file name in MSX-DOS2. You don't have to put it after the colon of the device name.
  • Character backslash is replaced by the character yen (¥) on Japanese MSX or the character won (₩) on Korean MSX.
  • Parameters can not end with a comma alone.


<Device> is device name to indicate the device to use. Here are the useful devices for BSAVE:

Device type Device name Remark
Disk drive A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H A floppy disk interface can control up to 2 drives.
Data recorder CAS Not available on MSX Turbo R

By default, the saving will be made to tape on a system without any disk drive, to the current active drive (generally drive A:) in the other cases.

<Path> is used to specify the location in folders of file to be used in the copying operation. Each folder name in path are separate by a backslash (\). This parameter is only available under MSX-DOS 2 / Nextor.

<Filename> is the name of binary file to save. When the file is saved on tape the format of file name is case sensitive and limited to 6 characters without extension. If another device is used, then the format is 8 characters followed by a point and an extension with 3 characters. (Not case sensitive)

<StartAddress> and <EndAddress are used to specify the area of the computer RAM (or VRAM).

<ExecutionAddress> is the address at which the saved code should start, when loaded with BLOAD ,R. By default the start address is set.

The parameter S is used to save the contents of VRAM (only to disk) - This can be done in any screen mode but only the active pages are valid when the screen mode is higher than 4.


BSAVE "CAS:test",&HC000,&HD0FF,&HC020

Related to



MSX-BASIC 1.0 or higher