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Old 06 January 2017, 17:09   #10
Pat the Cat

Join Date: Dec 2016
Location: Nottingham, UK
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Yeah, it's two issues. One copying the files (pretty easy) and the other one is setting up the other solid state drive to boot properly.

You nearly ALWAYS have to use the same hard disk utility to prepare BOTH drives, unless you really know what you are doing... so if you don't know what the current drive was formatted with, it can be a case of "prepare 2nd drive with all known Amiga hard drive utilities until the 2nd drive does actually boot".

So it can be a case of "try 'em all". Official CBM HDToolbox and Cyberscsi for the Blizzard scsis are the most common, because they can be used with bigger drives, I think. There are others, like old school Faastprep for GVP controllers. Some of them are mind buggeringly difficult to identify, let alone find a copy of, That is if you are plugging the solid state device (CD or SD or whateverr) into an Amiga via hard disk, it will boot using a "copy" of the ADF. It's possible to fudge it to a certain extent.

Another issue - compact flash drives are NOT hard drives on the Amiga, if connected to the PCMCIA slot I think. You DON'T need to set them up to boot as a hard drive, so they are MUCH easier to plug into an A600 or A1200. They are more like big floppies, and don't have an RDB at all. They have a boot track like a floppy. So if they are formatted right, with a fairly good card.device running them, no hardware issues (PCMCIA port can be dead, y'know) you can install them

Install CC0:

Then they boot (they might not load workbench, but you should get an AmigaDOS prompt at least), if plugged into the PCMCIA at boot. On a real Amiga. An emulator machine will barf trying to startup from the card, because it needs a Host OS to run on. Then it can emulate an Amiga, and simulates booting one.

What you want to plug that compact flash card into, and how it is connected (PCMCIA or hard drive or other) is an issue, if you want it to boot. If that's a classic Amiga, there's a few variations to say the least, before it's good to go.

Quite frankly, having a working Workbench floppy can save you an awful lot of tinkering. Even better, a working and booting Amiga CD-ROM disk and a CD-drive connected to the Amiga to boot from, if only temporarily. That's not expensive to setup, because the A1200 and A600 have BOTH a PCMCIA port and an IDE port. Other machines without native compact flash support have a harder time of it, but generally end up with much bigger solid state drives connected.

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