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Old 09 June 2019, 21:06   #1
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Can write Amiga Bootblock PC?

I know a standard PC floppy drive can't write Amiga Disks but can a Amiga Bootblock be written just track 0?

Sorry if rather stupid question.
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Old 09 June 2019, 21:29   #2
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It can in a round about way. Either using parallel port method or using another intermediary... but these methods are for writing entire disks so can do any tracks.
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Old 10 June 2019, 15:25   #3
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I thought I read somewhere about the bootblock being in the same position on all systems or something hoping a technical guy could tell be if it's possible in theory?

Or if I attempted to copy a Tri format disk on PC would the Amiga BootBlock remain?

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I thought I read somewhere about the bootblock being in the same position on all systems or something hoping a technical guy could tell be if it's possible in theory?

Or if I attempted to copy a Tri format disk on PC would the Amiga BootBlock remain?

There are a few tri format disks in the magazine rack, in the Zero section, specifically the last disk. It's ST, Amiga and PC.


If you want to play around with copying one.
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They would have to be eADF or RAW or IPF etc not ADF I'll have a look sometime.e but was hoping someone knowable knew the answer to this question.
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They would have to be eADF or RAW or IPF etc.
Why? If they don't have any sort of copy protection, and the ST/PC format contains the same physical layout, the only problem would be emulators wouldn't be able to read the adf format disks, but you should in theory be able to write those tracks back to a real floppy, or use something like the HxC disk management to convert to different formats.

Either way, I can give you a kryoflux free ctraw dump of that specific disk if you want to have a look at it.

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1at...QqU7MoMattALxH
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I suppose your right but I was think because ADF can't hold the TRI Format.

Thanks I've download the Zero Issue 31 you uploaded.

At some point I'll write it to disk on Amiga and then try copying it on PC

Anyone know any good PC copy software maybe like X-Copy for PC
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I know a standard PC floppy drive can't write Amiga Disks but can a Amiga Bootblock be written just track 0?
To keep it simple: No. A standard PC floppy controller cannot write the Amiga track format. No matter whether it is track #0, the bootblock or anything else. In fact, the bootblock and track #0 are not any different from any other block as far as the encoding is concerned, and as PC controllers cannot create them, they can neither create the bootblock.

What you *can* do is to create a boot block within a floppy image, to be used within emulators. This is just a regular file, and only the correct "byte sequence" need to be put at its start.
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I'll do some testing at some point with the disk image provided by Mikerochip, Thanks
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