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Old 06 March 2013, 22:17   #1
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Old PD stuff - having trouble adf'ing it!

Chasing unicorns here lol!

I missed an ebay auction back in Dec for some old NBS public domain disks:

Disk ID. D353 - Nightbreed PE
Disk ID. D213 - Garfield
Disk ID. M098 - Studio Music 1
Disk ID. D223 - Budbrain II
Disk ID. M231 - Crusaders / Genesis
Disk ID. M094 - Flash (A) - Possibly Flash Gordon
Disk ID. M094b - Flash (B)
Disk ID. M118 - Amiga Charts, Eve of the War / Touch Me
Disk ID. D091 - Fillet the Fish
Disk ID. X145 - Gorezone Horror Slideshow
Disk ID. D570 - TRON 1
Disk ID. D571 - TRON 2

Everything in bold has imaged! but with errors, the two that have not, just wont even read at all!

I then managed to win another auction from the same seller and got more of these NBS disks. My Catweasel MK4 has been getting a right working out with me trying to get reliable images. I still need to get a real amiga setup and try the direct approach with real hardware.

So anyway I wouldnt let it lie so I tracked down the buyer for the disks sold in dec last year, he then copied them for me and sent via snail mail. The problem is I think he had the same issue's as I did! Disks that were not stored in the best way and have suffered. All the copies are riddled with errors

Some work some dont! Some appear to be really rare!. But others like Tron (animation) and Budbrain II are not so rare and are easily available.

Is there anything that I can do? apart from getting my hands on those original disks. Seems like this might not work out... Can errors be fixed with knowledge? Im no programmer, I can do silly tricks with an hex editor but thats about it! I just know enougth to get data off disks that are bit worse for wear if luck is on my side!
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Old 07 March 2013, 01:31   #2
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Hi ElectroBlaster

when you say disks...do you real floppy disks?

if so I may just be able to help you there
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Well the batch that I missed, they are real but copies of the originals! I am currently sifting one at a time in winuae and trying to figure out what has failed and if it can be fixed.

The rest that I won, alot of them imaged after I did some cleaning with tape-cleaner fluid and q-tips. Had to run them over and over until I got what I assume is the best image.

None of these have been near a real amiga as of yet! my poor 1200's have suffered over the years and now are showing signs of old age
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ok well I have about 5000 - 6000 pd disks I will have a look when I get 10 mins to spare...hmmm might need a little more than 10
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Wow m8 excellent! Im only bothering to do this as it seems nobody else has! I just want to save something and its a challenge aswell
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Hmmm

I seem to remember buying a bunch of stuff from Bus Stop PD and the like back in the day.

I'll sort through my collection when I get some time.
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Electroblaster

can you give me a bit more details on those disks ie.games,pics,anims,demos etc...

have found a couple but need to test them first

have just got a load more coming will check when they get here
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I shall start logging a bit more detail about each disk
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