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Drivespace 3 Reports Error/Scandisk can't find it.

I compressed my drive w/ drivespace3.  I would like to uncompress the volume (my C: drive). I believe this problem is preventing installation of IE4.0.   When I try to do an uncompress drivespace reports that errors were found and to run scandisk with certain opts (which I have set).  Scandisk finds no probs.  This is a nagging problem with my system perhaps a result of a corrupted system file.  I have tried running scandisk and drivespace in safe mode and also tried runnig scandisk from the command prompt.  All to no avail.  I have noticed that when running IE3 or quicken sometimes these programs terminate with a fatal error.  My machine is a Dell Pentium 233mhz w/ 32 meg ram and plenty of free disk space (~3 gig).  Nothing fancy is installed except Borlands C++ Builder and Realtime Video player.  Can I somehow reinstall windows w/ out losing my current configuration?  I don't have an orig. boot floppy but Dell enclosed a Win95 CD.
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robfAuthor Commented:
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elc_musicCommented:
Dear robf.
First you MUST make a startup diskette.
go to control panel > add/remoove pgms > Startup disk, click CREATE.
than and ONLY than,
If your drive has more than 1 partition, copy C: to D: in 95 (!!Long FIle Names!!!), Shut down, format C:/u/s  in DOS (7),Install 95 on C: and when done, copy D: to C: and re install 95.
yes it will take some time, but you want to keep your setting dont you?
if you have only 1 partition, try to get a second HDD, than do as typed above.

P.s
Why did you compressed a 3.2gig drive ?

ELC.
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elc_musicCommented:
If you can get a 2nd HDD, its best to run Fdisk to make sure nothing is left on the drive.
But if you have nothig fancy, (and I hope a safty copy or installation pgm of Borland)  why do you want keep setting?, just Fdisk C:, format, and re install.
but again, MAKE A STRTUP DISKETTE FIRST !!!!!!!!!! and keep it safe.
ELC.

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robfAuthor Commented:
My C: partition is about 1 gig of the three gig avail.  I compressed it because dwindowz was reporting that I was running low on disk space.  I was hoping that sector size on the compressed volume would be smaller than the sector size for the FAT fs thereby making more efficient use of space.  If you added the byte count of all the data and program files contained on the C: partition, the total bytes for all the files was much less than the amount reported as used by win95.  I attribute the difference in space required from total bytes of all files to the large sector size that windows allocates on large drives(>1gig).  The MS solution (bigger sectors) is fine for large files and allowed them to use bigger partitions on the new larger disks than was origionally allowed but the design often wastes space for smaller files (as even a file containing a few bytes would reguire an entire sector that could be as big as 2048 bytes).
    I would like to know why I must reinstall windows twice? Is this really what you are saying?  
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elc_musicCommented:
Yes.
and that is becaus this is the ONLY way (that I know) to COPY (!!!!!) win95.
some times it also takes 3 installations...
but also take this advice, (it is free isnt it?)
instal 95 on C:
and from now on, install ALL tor pgms on D: !!!
(forget the stupid "Program Files" folder on C:)
so 95 will NEVER again report of too little drive space, (Virtual mem file) and you'l have planty of space for pgms and apps.
you could also prtition it for 3 parts, 1gig for 95, 1.2 gigs for pgm, apps etc' and the rest for DATA files only, so that if one partition crash (and you know it CAN happend) al the rest are 100% (+ -) safe.
ELC.
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