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Old 17 June 2019, 09:13   #4
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Originally Posted by studio460 View Post
How do I load ADFs into a new DOM?

I just bought an A1200 which already has a Gotek installed, plus a supplied, 3.1-bootable USB-thumbdrive. So I ordered an 8GB DOM (disk-on-module) from amigaonthelake. Both the A1200 and the DOM should arrive about the same time. Note that all of my apps are ADFs downloaded by a macOS laptop and I do not own an Amiga floppy-drive. So what do I need to do?
For easy data transfer, you might consider also getting a PCMCIA <-> CF adapter so that you can copy larger files faster via FAT32 formatted CF cards through the Amiga's PCMCIA port.

• I assume the system is set-up to boot from the supplied Gotek USB-thumbdrive, since it's a functioning 3.1 system.
The Amiga will boot from the first internal floppy drive, if there is a bootable floppy in there.

It is possible to also set a hard disk's boot priority higher than the first floppy drive, but this is rarely done.

• Will Workbench automatically recognize an uninitiated volume, the new DOM?
• Is there something I need to do before I'm able format the DOM?
It will not show up, unless someone has already prepped it for you.

If it arrives empty, you will have to create a partition on there, install a filesystem driver into the DOM's partition table (RDB), then reboot and format the partition(s).

• Do I need to partition the 8GB DOM volume into two, 4GB partitions?
If you use a directscsi capable filesystem (pfs3aio is a good choice), the entire 8GB can be one partition.
• Once formatted, can I simply drag-and-drop the Workbench 3.1 install ADFs from the Gotek to the DOM?
• How do I get ADFs onto the USB-thumbdrive? Will a non-UAE macOS or PC recognize/write to the volume?
• Then, until I set-up my PCMCIA-CF reader (not installed yet), will I see the Gotek and DOM volumes on the Workbench, and then will I simply be able to drag-and-drop ADFs from the thumbdrive onto the DOM?
The wording of these questions makes it sound like you would like to have floppy images on your hard disk. Why?

The hard disk should contain executable and data files, IE the same stuff that is inside the ADFs.

Since you have a gotek, it's a good idea to keep the ADF files on the thumb drive connected to the gotek, then see which pieces of software are HD installable and install them to your hard disk. The gotek expects a FAT32 formatted thumb drive, so you would just copy the files on there with your Mac.

The OS can be installed from six floppies (ADFs), boot the Install floppy first and work from there, inserting whichever floppy it prompts you as the time comes.

Just storing an ADF on the hard disk is usually not what you want, unless you know what you are doing. It is possible, you can install a virtual floppy driver which allows mounting of ADFs from your hard disk, but this has limited uses, it may not be what you are expecting.

Further discussion is needed on what your expectations and use cases are, before a useful answer can be given.

The Amiga formatted DOM will not show up on the Mac, you must mount it as a hard drive in FS-UAE and then copy the files in via emulation. Now you were talking about a CF reader. Do you really have a CF card, or do you have a Disk-on-Module? Both are sold for use with the Amiga, but a CF card is not a DOM. Or are you already getting a separate reader like I suggested in the beginning of my reply?

More expectation management: you will not be able to see the contents of the pen drive via the gotek. The gotek has a display which shows the currently mounted ADF file (I hope yours has an oled or lcd screen instead of only the 7-segment). It is literally like inserting a floppy disk into a drive, each ADF is a separate floppy disk.

Apologies if this sounds patronising, but I am unable to deduce how much you know from the wording of these questions, so IMO giving more info is better than making assumptions.
• How/where do I assign the boot-volume?
The bootstrap process always adds each connected floppy drive to the boot list. Information about each hard disk partition's bootable status and also its boot priority is stored in the RDB of each hard drive, which can be manipulated using a partitioning tool. One such tool is HDToolBox, which is on the Install 3.1 disk.

To temporarily override the boot order, you can (re)boot the machine with both mouse buttons held. This will get you into the early startup menu, where you can disable volumes from getting mounted and also select the boot volume.

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