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Old Fool 12 July 2007 13:52

Converting ADF to real Amiga floppy disk without Amiga ???
 
I once heard a wild rumour that it would be able to create an Amiga readable floppy disk without even touching Amiga hardware. It should be done with a PC that have 2 ordinary PC-floppy drives. I cannot believe this even myself cause it sounds too easy. Thought would be worth asking: its takes about 8 mins to convert disks via serial cable with my modest Amiga equippment. Higher baudrates than 19 200 won't work with 1 MB + kick1.3 combination...

Toni Wilen 12 July 2007 14:30

Reading Amiga floppies using 2-drive trick: Yes
Writing Amiga floppies using 2-drive trick: No, need extra hardware.

pmc 12 July 2007 15:12

@OldFool - As per your original question, it is possible to create Amiga floppies from .adf images without using an Amiga.

What you'll need is:

1. A Windows PC

2. A Catweasel Mk.IV, get one here: http://amigakit.leamancomputing.com/...2500011bb2c7e3

3. A compatible PC floppy drive (see docs that come with the Catweasel)

Install the 'weasel in your PC, connect up the floppy drive, install the drivers and software that come with the card and, following the instructions that also come with the card, write the image to a real Amiga floppy disk that can be read by a real Amiga.

Job's a goodun. :great

musashi5150 12 July 2007 16:45

You may also require:

4. A thimble full of good luck
5. A bucket full of patience

That was my experience anyway :)

pmc 13 July 2007 08:24

@musashi5150 - Oooops! Yeah, sorry mate, I'd forgotten you had a total nightmare! :laughing

Old Fool 13 July 2007 12:37

Hey, thanks for the info folks. Now I must investigate is the "PCI-Amiga to PC-wonder card" worth buying... :spin

Jimbo 13 July 2007 13:19

Stupid amount of money for it. Best way is to get a harddrive for the Amiga. Plug it into your PC transfer loads of ADF's using Winuae. Plug back into Amiga and use an Amiga program to write the ADF's back to disk. Best and quickest method I reckon :)

You might already have one but you can get 6gig laptop drives from around £5 posted on fleabay.

Retro-Nerd 13 July 2007 13:26

Get an used A1200 & PCMCIA CF-Card reader, both together is probably cheaper than a Catweasel Mk.IV. ;)

_ThEcRoW 13 July 2007 15:18

@Jimbo

The trick you talk about don't work with ndos disks with unfortunately is the type of disk that the majority of amiga games use.
Go the catweasel route for perfect floppy writing.

Toni Wilen 13 July 2007 15:31

Quote:

Originally Posted by _ThEcRoW (Post 343801)
@Jimbo

The trick you talk about don't work with ndos disks with unfortunately is the type of disk that the majority of amiga games use.
Go the catweasel route for perfect floppy writing.

Depends what you mean by "NDOS" :)

If you mean original games with custom format or copy protection: can't do even with catweasel (hardware, at least in theory can do it but there is no software)

If you mean disks with AmigaDOS physical format but non-AmigaDOS logical format like most trackloading demos and cracked games that originally had copy protection (=disks that can be converted to standard adf): any method works.


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