Access to DriveSpace compressed Floppies

  Together 20:43 29 Nov 2011

I have Floppies which were compressed using Windows95 DriveSpace and would like to access the stored pictures on a Windows XP computer. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 21:26 29 Nov 2011

Can I ?

You can not open Drivespace floppies with windows XP

What you could do is create a bootable floppy that was created with Win98. The floppy must contain DRVSPACE.BIN that is normally placed there automatically with format /s. On the boot floppy create text file called DRVSPACE.INI and insert following line in it:


Assuming that your compressed disk is a floppy disk and you have one or two floppy disk drives then the above line will be correct. If your compressed drive is on hard disk or other media then you need the change the drive letter from B to the corresponding letter:


Once booted, you can access your compressed drive normal ways. If the compression used was Drivespace 2 then you can read/write to this drive. If the compression used was Drivespace 3 then do not attempt to write to it. The letter P in the above line represents the drive letter that will be assigned to the noncompressed portion of the drive. If you already have drive P then you should change it to any letter that is not in use. The number after the source drive B0 represents the number found in the name of the compressed image. So if the image name is DRVSPACE.000 then B0 is used, if the name is DRVSPACE.003 then B3 must be used.

To access DriveSpace compressed floppy with only one floppy drive available, after booting type B: , you will be prompted to change the diskette.

  Together 22:19 29 Nov 2011

Thanks for your detailed recommendations.

Unfortunately I no longer have access to a computer running W 95 or 98.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 19:45 30 Nov 2011

Win98 SE boot diskette which includes Drivespace.bin create the file DRVSPACE.INI as above

It would be better if you have a fat32 partition you can save the uncompressed files to (win98 cannot see a NTFS partition)

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