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    DrivSpace

    Have any of you heard of a program called DrivSpace?

    Every time one of the employees here tries to boot up on a laptop with Win98 he gets an error message that he cannot access the compressed drive.

    Any suggestions?

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    Re: DrivSpace

    Drivspace was the disk compression program that came with DOS 6.22. It sounds like the Drivspace driver has gotten copied into the root directory of the C: drive on that system. I am assuming that this machine does not really have a compressed drive that is now missing in action.

    Look in the root directory of the boot drive for probably hidden files named Drivspace.*. There will likely be two of them. I am streching my memory, but they probably have extensions of .SYS and .INI. Remove or rename those files and reboot.
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    Re: DrivSpace

    Thanks for your response Legare. It seems that the c:drive was compressed. The PC will not boot to windows and there is a compressed drive error. Unfortunately, we can't get to anything to remove or rename anything.

    Any other suggestions?

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    Re: DrivSpace

    If I remember the only way around a messed up compressed drive was to boot to DOS and format the drive.
    Sorry.

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    Re: DrivSpace

    OOPS!!! Depending on what the problem is, there were some things that you could do with the parameters in the DRIVSPACE.INI file to sometimes recover. However, I was never an expert on recovering compressed drives and probably would not remember now since it has been a long time since I worked with any. If the data on the drive is valuable and not backed up, you may be able to find someone that can recover some of it for a fee. If you can live without the data, then your best bet is to boot from a DOS diskette and format the drive.
    Legare Coleman

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    Re: DrivSpace

    Thanks for the info. Wish it could have been better news, but that's the breaks. Sometimes we have to do a little manual labor in the midst of all this technology.

    Thanks again for the suggestions!!

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    Re: DrivSpace

    DRVSPACE.BIN is the program used to support volume compression in Win 9x. Norton Disk Doctor can frequently repair errors in the host volume or the compressed volume.

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