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I booted from the floppy disk and I can't see my compressed disks

Explanation: The compressed disk volumes on the system cannot be seen after booting the PC from a floppy disk.

Diagnosis: Compressed disks require a driver in order for them to be properly accessed. If you are booting a disk that does not contain the correct compression driver, or if you are booting from an older version of DOS, you will not be able to see your compressed volumes because the correct driver software is not being loaded.

Recommendation:

  • Do not boot from floppy disks that don't allow access to your compressed disks.
  • Create new bootable floppies after booting the system that has the compressed volumes on it. This should cause recent versions of DOS to include the compression driver on the bootable disk, avoiding this problem in the future.

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