Interlnk Client Cannot Access Drives on Server (98635)
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 6.22
This article was previously published under Q98635
This information applies to both Microsoft DoubleSpace and Microsoft
DriveSpace. For MS-DOS 6.22, use DRVSPACE in place of DBLSPACE for commands
An Interlnk client computer running MS-DOS version 3.3 or earlier
cannot access a partition on a server machine if either of the
following are true:
• The partition is larger than 32 megabytes (MB)
• The partition is compressed with DoubleSpace
From the client computer, you can change to the drive letter assigned
to the server's drive; however, after you do, you receive the
following error message:
Non-DOS disk error reading drive G:
Abort, Retry, Fail?
For example, if the letter G is assigned to the server's compressed
drive (for example, drive C), you can change to the "G:\>" prompt, but
when you try to access the drive with an MS-DOS command (DIR, MD, CD,
and so on), you receive the error noted above.
This problem occurs because Interlnk functions as a redirector. The
client's version of MS-DOS is allowed to access drives on the server
as if they were local drives. MS-DOS 3.x simply doesn't know how to
access these drives.
To work around this problem, do the following:
• Upgrade the client to MS-DOS version 4.01 or later.
• Reverse the Interlnk client/server configuration (that is, make the
MS-DOS 6 or 6.2 machine the client and the MS-DOS 3.x machine the
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