DRIVER.SYS Message: Please Insert a Diskette for Drive X:... (119686)

The information in this article applies to:
    Microsoft MS-DOS operating system 6.0
    Microsoft MS-DOS operating system 6.2
    Microsoft MS-DOS operating system 6.21
    Microsoft MS-DOS operating system 6.22

This article was previously published under Q119686


The following message occurs when you try to create a compressed drive using DoubleSpace or DriveSpace

Please insert a diskette for drive <x>: and press any key when ready
where <x> is a second logical drive associated with a single physical floppy disk drive.


This message is generated when DoubleSpace or DriveSpace examines the system if DRIVER.SYS is loading in the CONFIG.SYS file. DRIVER.SYS is a device driver that can be used to create a logical drive that refers to a physical floppy disk drive.

When an attempt is made to access the drive through this second logical drive letter, DRIVER.SYS prompts you to insert a disk and press any key before attempting to read the drive.


To work around this problem, start MS-DOS interactively by pressing the F8 key as soon as the text "Starting MS-DOS..." appears. When prompted to load DRIVER.SYS, choose "N" for No. You can then safely restart DoubleSpace or DriveSpace.

For more information about using the DRIVER.SYS device driver, type help driver.sys at an MS-DOS command prompt, or query on the following words in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

driver.sys and floppy and disk and drive

Modification Type: Major Last Reviewed: 11/22/1999
Keywords: KB119686