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Microsoft KB Archive/104726

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DoubleSpace Restarts Your Computer and Loops Endlessly

Article ID: 104726

Article Last Modified on 11/18/1999


  • Microsoft MS-DOS 6.2 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft MS-DOS 6.22 Standard Edition

This article was previously published under Q104726

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.


When DoubleSpace restarts your computer to increase the DBLSPACE.INI MaxFileFragments setting (because your DoubleSpace-compressed drive is too fragmented to mount), your computer becomes trapped in an endless loop.


This problem occurs when a DoubleSpace-compressed drive on your hard disk drive is too fragmented to mount and you are booting your computer from a floppy disk (typically in drive A).

DoubleSpace modifies the DBLSPACE.INI file on the host drive for the overly fragmented DoubleSpace-compressed drive; DoubleSpace does not consider which drive is the boot drive.


To work around this situation:

  1. Ensure the floppy disk drives are empty and reboot your computer.
  2. When the "Starting MS-DOS..." prompt is displayed, press F5.
  3. Run Microsoft Defragmenter (Defrag).
  4. Restart you computer.

Additional query words: 6.20 6.22 stuck

Keywords: KB104726