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New User Macado - Accessing doublespace drive


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#1 macado

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Posted 29 January 2005 - 09:26 PM

G'day, having issues recovering files off an old (about 12 years old) hard drive.
Today I removed the hard drove from the old computer, installed it in a ADS Tech USB 2.0 Hard Drive Kit.

New computer detects and shows old drive as "HOST_FOR_C(H:)"

I'm looking at all files, including hidden files

The file I'm reckoning that has what I'm looking for is a hidden file entitled
DBLSPACE.000

No known application will open,
I keep getting "The file or directory is corrupted and unreadable."
When I run CHKDSK on H: it seems okay

How can I get my info out of that old hard drive?

bleeping computer is a great name, I've been "bleeping" at this thing for hours
Regards,
macado

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#2 Grinler

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Posted 30 January 2005 - 12:35 AM

Doublespace was an old way of taking your hard drive and compressing it so you got extra storage out of it. How this would work, was when your computer would boot up it would load the driver for doublespace and then mount the doublespace image which you would see as your hard drive. That image is the DBLSPACE.000.

You will need to create a bootdisk and then copy the doublespace.bin to your c:\ drive

Do this... go to this site:

http://www.oldfiles.org.uk/powerload/bootdisk.htm

And download the bootdisk that has this description:

MS-DOS 6.20 Bootdisk ~ With Dblspace.Bin ~ Use with msback62.exe to restore Compressed Doublespace Backup Sets.

Then download the msback62.exe that is in there and extract it following the directions you will see when you double click on it. THis should get you on the right track in viewing the data onthe old drive

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Posted 30 January 2005 - 11:21 AM

LG,
Many thanks for the info. I'm efforting right now and seem to be only getting deeper into the polluted estuary without any visible means of locomotion.

Went to:
http://www.oldfiles.org.uk/powerload/bootdisk.htm
Downloaded
msd620bd.zip = (MS-DOS 6.20 Bootdisk ~ With Dblspace.Bin)
Downloaded
msback62.exe

unzipped msd620bd.zip
got two files, one .txt file, one .img file.
applications extention .img being an unknown file format.
Downloaded
irfanview_plugins_395.exe
iview395.exe

Still no luck......
tried to open/launch
msback62.exe
and got
C:\Windows\System32\autoexec.nt. The system file is not suitable for running MS-DOS and Mircosoft Windows applications. chose 'close' to terminate this application.

BLEEPING COMPUTER BLEEPING OPERATOR Ignorance.

Your time and expertise are greatly appreciated.
Regards,
Macado

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Posted 30 January 2005 - 11:47 AM

Ok download and extract the boot disk to c:\boot.

Then download:

http://mandrake.cict.fr/official/9.2/i586/...ls/rawwrite.exe
and save it in c:\boot.

Then put a floppy in your computer and double click on rawwrite

In the field that says image file enter:

D:\boot\MSD620BD.IMG

When its done the copy doublespace.bin to the c:\ drive

Reboot your computer with the floppy inserted. Then see if you can access the old drive

Lets see if that works..if not we will move on. Its been a while since i used doublespace




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