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Old 19 September 2018, 09:14   #1941
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thank you for the answers..another question: why isn't possible to copy the games from floppy disk to hard disk and to play from it?
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Old 19 September 2018, 09:24   #1942
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It is possible, if there is no copy protection to prevent it and the floppy disk uses a normal file system.

Some games have their own hard drive installers, but many games were designed on purpose to be floppy only so that they can't be as easily copied (though obviously all were soon cracked anyway). That is why WHDLoad was created.
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Old 19 September 2018, 09:34   #1943
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thanks for the answer..yeah, I know whdload I was curious to understand why old dos pc games were so easy to copy to hard drive and instead amiga games had so many "anti-pirate" systems. I thought the "problem" was that hard drive was "optional" on amiga so the developers didn't bother about it
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Yeah, the general lack of uptake on optional hard drives (perhaps their expense when thinking of the A500) will have been a factor because the vast majority of Amigas were floppy-only systems, but also the Amiga's floppy drive controlling hardware was very flexible, allowing for lots of non-standard disk formats that couldn't be read by AmigaDOS. PC controllers didn't have that same kind of functionality, so disks more or less had to be standard format, and while there were still copy protected disks, they could at least be read by MS-DOS.
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Old 19 September 2018, 10:27   #1945
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Also quite a lot of the larger, multi-disk (let's say 4 disks or more) games actually do have their own hard drive installers and use a code wheel or other protection system instead. This includes almost all point-and-click adventure games (e.g. Monkey Island, Beneath a Steel Sky), many strategy games (e.g. Syndicate, UFO: Enemy Unknown) and some others (e.g. Wing Commander, Flashback).

I suppose for games with 1 or 2 disks it wasn't considered a big deal to not be hard drive installable, especially considering that a large portion of the users indeed never had one anyway.
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