DBLSPACE /CHKDSK Stops (Hangs) with Cross-Linked Files (97884)
The information in this article applies to:
• Microsoft MS-DOS operating system 6.0
This article was previously published under Q97884
The DBLSPACE /CHKDSK command takes excessive time or appears to stop
responding (hang) while evaluating cross-linked files.
The DBLSPACE /CHKDSK command evaluates errors and then sorts them into
three categories: lost clusters, cross-linked files, and other errors.
If the command determines that your system has cross-linked files,
DBLSPACE /CHKDSK attempts to backtrack through the directory chain to
identify the files responsible.
If DBLSPACE /CHKDSK appears to hang while evaluating cross-linked
files, it may be because your directory structure is damaged and
therefore invalid. (You can use the TREE command to check the
To correct this problem, do the following:
• If you have Delete Sentry enabled, disable it. (Delete Sentry
prevents you from deleting the cross-linked files.)
• If you need to preserve the files in the damaged directory, use a
third-party DoubleSpace-compatible disk repair program, such
as Norton Disk Doctor, to repair the directory.
If you don't need to save the files in the directory, issue the
CHKDSK /F command to correct the bad directory. (This runs
DBLSPACE /CHKDSK and identifies the cross-linked files)
• Delete the cross-linked files.
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