DoubleSpace Err Msg: To Set Up DoubleSpace, You Must Start... (99081)

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 Q99081


This information applies to both Microsoft DoubleSpace and Microsoft DriveSpace. For MS-DOS 6.22, use DRVSPACE in place of DBLSPACE for commands and filenames.

If you try to recover an unmounted compressed volume file (CVF) by starting your computer with an MS-DOS 6.0 startup disk and running DBLSPACE.EXE from the A drive, the following message may appear:

To set up DoubleSpace, you must start your computer from your hard disk drive.

To quit Doublespace and restore your original system configuration, press ENTER.


This message appears if the DBLSPACE.INI file cannot be located.


To correct this problem, use MS-DOS Editor or the COPY CON command to create a DBLSPACE.INI file with the appropriate settings. Save the DBLSPACE.INI file to the hard disk drive and then restart your computer.

DBLSPACE.INI is a text file that has the System, Read-Only, and Hidden attributes. DoubleSpace stores this file in the root directory of your original startup drive since it contains variables that DoubleSpace uses when your computer starts. The contents of the DBLSPACE.INI file depend on which drive was compressed and if other block devices and networks are installed.

For more information on DBLSPACE.INI settings, query on the following words in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

dblspace.ini and file and settings

Modification Type: Major Last Reviewed: 11/21/1999
Keywords: KB99081