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Hi there,

I've downloaded and installed DevC++ Version 5.6.0 on my Windows 7 computer. The problem is that each time I open the program, I get an error message:

"There is no disk in the drive. Please insert a disk into drive \Device\Harddisk1\DR1."

The pop-up options are "Cancel", "Try Again", and "Continue". The program eventually opens after clicking "Try Again" about 10 times.

The same thing happens when I click the Build button.

How do I solve this problem? I've attached the pop-up error message.

Hope you can help!
Thanks
DevC--Error.jpg
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by:evilrix
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This is a really old IDE and probably not worth using anymore. I'd suggest, if you want to use gcc, that you use CodeBlocks instead.

http://www.codeblocks.org/

It's free and a well maintained and a good IDE. If you don't need gcc you could consider the free Visual Studio Express edition.

http://www.visualstudio.com/downloads/download-visual-studio-vs#d-express-windows-desktop
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by:Chris Wong
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Do you have a removable drive plugged into the computer?

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/330137
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in my opinion there are two possible causes for the error:

1st is that you had a removable device for example a USB stick while installing the compiler. then, it is possible - though not very likely - that one of the paths used for configuration or setup was pointing to the removed device and the error comes because of that.

2nd is more likely. your current harddisk counts in gigabytes what the old compiler cannot handle. when it checks the disk space with signed 32-bit size variables, the return values might return negative values because of size overflow. if you step into the 'retry' branch with a debugger you could find out whether my guess is right.

you should follow the advice evilrix has given and use a compiler and ide which can be used on nowadays platforms.

Sara
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by:userTester
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Sorry for my late response, been a bit crazy.

So here's the weirdest thing:
you had a removable device for example a USB stick while installing the compiler
After reading Sarabande's comment, I remembered that I had downloaded some photos via my printer, so I turned the printer off, and like magic DevC++ opened without the error message.

However, after turning the printer back on, the error returns. I tested this scenario a few times before deciding that the error is definitely related to the printer being on.
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that the error is definitely related to the printer being on.
if so, you could uninstall the compiler, (re)move all files related to the compiler, and reinstall with the printer being off. but it would be not unlikely if you run into new issues doing so.

Sara
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Thanks Sara, your 1st suggestion helped me pinpoint the problem.
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