Contents of the XPANDISK.DOC file
XPANDISK.SYS and XPANBOSS
Device Driver and Command
Michael J. Mefford
1988 No. 18 (Utilities)
Purpose:Permits varying the amount of expanded memory allocated to a RAM
disk without rebooting, when used on systems equipped with memory that conforms
to the Lotus/Intel/Microsoft specification.
Format:In CONFIG.SYS file:
At DOS command prompt:
Remarks:XPANDISK makes use of an Expanded Memory Manager. The
DEVICE=XPANDISK.SYS entry must, therefore, follow the DEVICE=EMM.SYS (driver
name will differ with manufacturer) line already in the CONFIG.SYS file.
XPANBOSS varies the parameters of the RAMdisk d: created by XPANDISK. Note that
while this does not require rebooting, changing parameters other than /R (Read-Only) does reformat d:, whose contents are thereby lost. A confirmation warning
is given to allow saving the RAMdisk files before the reformatting. The
optional switch parameters for XPANDISK.SYS and XPANBOSS.COM are as follows:
/DnDisk size, variable from 16K to 32,768K; default 64K.
/SnSector size, 128, 256, or 512 bytes; default 265 bytes.
/EnNumber of RAMdisk root directory entries; default 64.
/MnMinimizes RAMdisk size (to 16K); use when running
large spreadsheets or databases.
/AnExpands RAMdisk to fill all extended memory.
/WnEliminates warning that changing RAMdisk
parameters loses contents; use in batch file operation.
/RnMake RAMdisk read-only; use after loading possible
Trojan horse programs. RAMdisk d: may be returned
to read-write by entering d:XPANBOSS.
Note: DOS assigns the next available drive letter as d:. Be sure that
this does not cause a conflict if you are using a SUBST drive.
Note: XPANDISK and XPANBOSS allow the same parameter comments permitted
by the VDISK.SYS extended/conventional device driver. Thus, for example, you
DEVICE=XPANDISK.SYS /disk size=120K /sector=128
and DOS would understand this as