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Old 03 January 2020, 08:46   #35
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Originally Posted by AmigaHope View Post
Also why was the scene so obsessed with making 100% compliant MFM tracks in their releases? Paula was perfectly capable of writing denser formats (stuff like diskspare.device etc.) and unless you pushed it really far pretty much every drive and blank floppy could support that little extra bit of data. I understand wanting to keep it simple, but if the choice between a 2-disk and a 1-disk was just writing slightly more data, why not? A different track format is not copy protection unless it's one you can't duplicate on stock hardware.
Mostly tradition. A standard DOS disk can be copied with a wide variety of copiers, a custom format would require a custom copier, or otherwise it would require everyone to agree on a new warez standard and then release new copiers..
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