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Old 17 December 2009, 10:40   #1
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The easiest way to convert my old A1000 floppy stuff to PC WinUAE?

Hey,

My old A1000 has been off since the old Kefrens days in the 80s, early 90s. But now I thought of converting my music stuff + some games to PC XP. But is it possible, to convert floppies from the PC floppy drive to an internal PC harddisk?

And what tools is best for the task?

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Old 17 December 2009, 12:55   #2
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The PC floppy controller DOES NOT support Amiga floppies. However, there are a few options:

* Use a real Amiga to transfer the disks - format a PC floppy disk, and make disk images on the Amiga (ask someone else which tools to use, I've never had to do this). Then, compress an image, stick it on a PC floppy (splitting it if it won't fit), and copy onto your PC. Rinse and repeat.

* There is a way to trick PC floppy controllers if you have two drives, and your motherboard supports two. Doesn't support copy protection.

* You can buy another floppy controller called a Catweasel - available on Amigakit and sometimes eBay.
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Thanks Muzer,

Sad, I thought you could program the standard PC controller, to read Amiga format. I guess I have to hook up my old A1000, if there is still life in it :-)

Thanks for helping out,
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Thanks Muzer,

Sad, I thought you could program the standard PC controller, to read Amiga format. I guess I have to hook up my old A1000, if there is still life in it :-)

Thanks for helping out,
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You might need a local friend with a more recent Amiga (I'm not sure) like a 1200 that supports Crossdos and can easily copy your disks on to pc floppies or even better CD.

Something like ADFblitzer on aminet would be a good way to convert the amiga floppy contents into single files. Other than that I don't know enough about the A1000 to know how you'd export stuff.
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If your PC has a serial or parallel port you could connect the two computers using a null-modem or laplink cable. There are a few transfer tools that support such a setup.
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Old 17 December 2009, 17:04   #6
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Amiga Explorer is the best tool for serial cable transfer. It will work on the A1000 as long as you have Workbench 1.2. It cleverly sends the Amiga side of the software over the cable. I previously tried PC2Amiga from Aminet but couldn't get it to work.

There's a PC tool called ADFRead to read Amiga disks, but it requires you to install two PC floppy drives (internal, not USB) and may only work on standard-format disks.
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Thanks, I think I'll try the serial cable methode first, to see if it works stable. I remember, that I used workbench 1.2 and 1.3 I think, and also Kickstart 1.2 and 1.3 :-)

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Amiga Explorer is the best tool for serial cable transfer. It will work on the A1000 as long as you have Workbench 1.2. It cleverly sends the Amiga side of the software over the cable. I previously tried PC2Amiga from Aminet but couldn't get it to work.

There's a PC tool called ADFRead to read Amiga disks, but it requires you to install two PC floppy drives (internal, not USB) and may only work on standard-format disks.
How does that work? Is the Amiga coded to blindly run anything it randomly receives over the serial port?
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How does that work? Is the Amiga coded to blindly run anything it randomly receives over the serial port?
AFAIK it uses the same method as described here (type SER:) just that the PC side of things is automated.
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Yeah. You use a short CLI command to pipe everything from the serial port to a file, and use the PC software to transmit a program. You run that program, and it starts talking to the PC side. From there, it can install the full program.
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