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Old 16 June 2011, 20:29   #1
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A500 advice please

Having gone through a couple of floppy drives since resurrecting my A500 last year I'm starting to wonder about these floppy emulators I've seen mentioned here and there... everyone seems to get quite excitable about them but I've never seen many people say they have one or if they are any good.
What are peoples thoughts on them here and if I were to get one would you recommend an internal or external fitting?

Also, I managed to get myself a GVP hard drive for my A500 a few months back (I think the frenzy of trying to get stuff transferred from floppy to the HD was what killed off my last floppy drive!), is it worth my while trying to track down a SCSI CD-ROM for it? Again just looking for peoples general thoughts...

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Old 17 June 2011, 03:31   #2
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Hey Gunni I replaced my Floppy with an HxC Floppy Emulator about a month ago. The thing is rock solid & I love it. The one thing that I'm not too fond of, however, is the fact that you hacve to convert all your .adf images to .hfe compatible files before they work. Taking 800K to 2MB per disk image. I highly recommend a floppy emulator. I found that the image selector software was a little too fast. Pressing the keyboard to make selection was a little too sensitive and the mouse didn't work for selections.

The GVP HD is great, as well, with a SCSI-CD drive attached. Mine reads cd-r's just fine. I set my k3b burning software to rock ridge and no multi-session and burn at 16x & everything reads just great.

I found that transferring files to and from the Amiga is best with e-uae (or winuae) using a CF card as a real drive. Drop a scsi-IDE bridge in the gvp with a CF adapter and everything works pretty slick.

I'd like to start on an A1200 right now as I have some slot load mac cd drives and a few other things to upgrade one of them. Plus the fact that I've never had a 1200 also gives this some appeal

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thanks for the advice amiga1 much appreciated
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Old 27 June 2011, 07:54   #4
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You helped two people. I have a GVP A530 on my A500 and never even thought of a SCSI CD Drive being an option. Thanks
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How do you convert all your .adf images to .hfe compatible files?
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How do you convert all your .adf images to .hfe compatible files?
There's a tool that the HXC software has to do it.
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How do you convert all your .adf images to .hfe compatible files?
Grab the utility at the HxC website from the download section. The link is called HxCFloppyEmulator....

You can also create your own autoboot.hfe file, too--adjusting the volume of the buttons and the drive sound, etc. Pretty slick piece of kit.



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PS: You can batch convert your .adf images, btw.

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