Deleting Unneeded Files After Converting a Stacker Drive (95532)

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

This article was previously published under Q95532


If you want to save disk space after converting a Stacker volume file (SVF) to a DoubleSpace compressed volume file (CVF), you can remove most of your Stacker files.


Since Stacker swaps the drive letters during the processing of the CONFIG.SYS file, Stacker requires that the startup files (and files called from the CONFIG.SYS file) be located on the uncompressed host drive. Because DoubleSpace loads before CONFIG.SYS is processed (unlike Stacker), you can delete any file (and directory) that Stacker put on the host drive for CONFIG.SYS processing. These commonly include files in the DOS and WINDOWS directories on the host drive.

In addition, you can delete AUTOEXEC.* and CONFIG.* on the host drive since they only need to reside on the startup drive (C:).

The only files that must remain on the DoubleSpace host drive (of your bootable partition) are DBLSPACE.BIN, DBLSPACE.INI, DBLSPACE.00X, IO.SYS, MS-DOS.SYS, and your Windows permanent swap file if you have one (386SPART.PAR). These files should have the following attributes: System, Hidden, and Read-Only.

You can also safely remove the remarked out (REM) Stacker lines from the CONFIG.SYS file, remove the Stacker directory from the PATH environment variable in the AUTOEXEC.BAT file, and delete the Stacker directory from the hard disk.

Modification Type: Major Last Reviewed: 10/13/2003
Keywords: KB95532