Q&A 4/5 (DOS) with Large Drives and Lesspace
I am in a quandary! My IS department won't let me partition our server's hard drive and I know that Q&A 5.0 will not run properly with the databases on a 17Mb drive. I think that I can solve the problem with the Lesspace program, but I don't seem to be able to make it run correctly. What am I doing wrong and how can I tell if I have run it properly?
We have been hearing the same tale of woe from many people. The solution is easy for any DOS version of Q&A (Q&A Windows will still require partitioning). Put a copy of lesspace.com in your Q&A program files directory and use any text editor to create the following batch file:
C: Assuming that the Q&A directory is on the C: drive
Cd\qa5 Assuming that this is your Q&A directory
Save this file as "startqa.bat" in the Q&A program files directory. Now, create a shortcut, on your desktop, to this batch file where the command line is:
C:\qa5\startqa.bat Or the proper drive letter for your Q&A
And the working directory is:
C:\qa5 Or the proper drive letter for your Q&A
Make sure that all of the rest of the properties of the shortcut are those which have been specified in the Q&A and Windows95/98 link.
To test the effectiveness of this solution run Q&A and press ctrl-F3 at the main menu. Line 10 of the resulting Systems Information Screen should read something like:
10. Disk space free (C:)...........: 536,868,864 of 536,868,864 bytes
showing that Q&A now thinks the data resides on a 500MB drive.