DoubleSpace Restarts Your Computer and Loops Endlessly (104726)

The information in this article applies to:
    Microsoft MS-DOS operating system 6.2
    Microsoft MS-DOS operating system 6.22

This article was previously published under Q104726
This information applies to both Microsoft DoubleSpace and Microsoft DriveSpace. For MS-DOS 6.22, use DRVSPACE in place of DBLSPACE for commands and filenames.


When DoubleSpace restarts your computer to increase the DBLSPACE.INI MaxFileFragments setting (because your DoubleSpace-compressed drive is too fragmented to mount), your computer becomes trapped in an endless loop.


This problem occurs when a DoubleSpace-compressed drive on your hard disk drive is too fragmented to mount and you are booting your computer from a floppy disk (typically in drive A).

DoubleSpace modifies the DBLSPACE.INI file on the host drive for the overly fragmented DoubleSpace-compressed drive; DoubleSpace does not consider which drive is the boot drive.


To work around this situation:
    Ensure the floppy disk drives are empty and reboot your computer.
    When the "Starting MS-DOS..." prompt is displayed, press F5.
    Run Microsoft Defragmenter (Defrag).
    Restart you computer.

Modification Type: Major Last Reviewed: 11/18/1999
Keywords: KB104726