VSafe Err Msg: Program Is Trying to Write to Hard Disk (96180)
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 Q96180
The following pop-up dialog box may be displayed when you perform a
disk operation that writes to the disk:
You can then choose one of three options: Stop, Continue, or Boot. If you
choose Stop, the following error message is displayed:
NOTE: If you are running MS-DOS Prompt from Windows, this error message is
displayed in a blue screen with the heading "Serious Disk Error."
You can now choose to retry the operation. This causes the first VSAFE
error to be displayed again. Until you choose Continue or Boot, you are not
able to escape these recurring warning messages. If you choose Continue,
the write operation is performed. If you choose Boot, the write operation
aborts, your system restarts, and any information you were trying to save
This problem occurs when VSafe is installed with the write-protect option
enabled and SMARTDrive is installed with write caching enabled.
Microsoft has confirmed this to be a problem in MS-DOS versions 6.0, 6.2,
and 6.21. We are researching this problem and will post new information
here in the Microsoft Knowledge Base as it becomes available.
To work around this problem, do not simultaneously use SMARTDrive
configured for write caching and VSafe configured for write protection.
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