- Amiga: CrossDOS
- Amiga: CF-card
- Amiga: ADF
- C64: card reader
- Commodore: per X-cable
- Atari ST: ST2Disk
Amiga: CrossDOSYou can exchange data on a PC with a floppy drive with a DD disk that was previously formatted in PC with 720 KB (under Windows XP with the command "FORMAT A: / T: 80 / N: 9 / X / V: Amiga / FS: FAT" in the command prompt, on Windows 95/98/NT you can use "Computer/Format"). You can also use high-density disks and format them as DD, but you must overstick the HD-detection hole (opposite to the write-protect switch)!
On the Amiga Workbench (hereafter WB) 2.05 or higher is required! The driver that we need on the Amiga, is called CrossDOS. There are now two ways to make the disk readable on the Amiga: Either you go into the folder Storage/DOSDrivers and double-click PC0 or you copy the driver PC0 from the folder Storage/DOSDrivers into Devs/DOSDrivers. If you do the first method the PC drivers got lost on reset and must be restarted. In the second method, you must restart the Amiga, but this will now work permanently and executed at each reboot! If you put a PC disk into the drive, so you should see a special icon. This should be opened now, and you have to choose "Show all files" or "All Files" in the Workbench menu! The files must be properly renamed to use it on the Amiga with no problems. Since i.e. DOS allows only limited number of characters (it is not the full file name with the symbol "~" at the end). They must have the same name as the Windows unzipped files. The file extension must be separated by a dot.
PC0: Driver for CrossDOS in Storage/DosDrivers
Amiga: CF-KarteRequirements: Amiga A600 or A1200 (hard-drive is an advantage), PCMCIA-CF-Adapter that supports 16 Bit (NOT 32 Bit only and no PC-Card!), a windows-formatted CF-Card, and a CF-Card slot in your local PC. The PCMCIA-Port is on the left side of your Amiga!
Of couse you need Amiga-drivers, you can find them by searching www.aminet.net for "cfd" and "fat95" and Download them. Unpack the downloaded LHA archives. You can unpack LHA files with the Windows program called "Izarc". After installing Izarc you unpack both LHA archives by clicking on the RIGHT mouse-button.
Copy them to a preformatted DD disk, which can be done using the following com-mandline in DOS-Shell: FORMAT A: /T:80 /N:9 /X /V:Amiga /FS:FAT
It's also possible to format HD-disks to DD, but with some floppy drives you have to close the "HD detection hole" with something light cannot penetrate. The Amiga needs Workbench (abbreviated to WB) 2.05 or higher installed because of PC-drivers! You have to activate the DosDriver by entering the line "mount pc0:" in your CLI/Shell. Now it's possible to access our DOS-Disk on Amiga Copy the driver for PC-disks from the folder storage/dosdrivers to devs/dosdrivers, which can only be seen by selecting "All Files". Restart the Amiga afterwards. Once WB has booted, insert the PC disk in your drive. Now copy the files from the PC-disk in the same folder on your HDD or the WB-floppy (which should be a "light" version to hame more spare space). Its very important that you rename the files correct, because DOS can only handle a very limited filename. CF0 of "cfd" needs to go to "devs/dosdriver" then everything should be fine. To handle ADFs (Amiga Disk Files) please see below!
CF-Karte on PCMCIA-Port
Amiga: ADFTo handle ADFs (Amiga Disk Files) on the Amiga we recommend the program "tsgui". You can find it on aminet too.
Functions of TSGui: To make a disk from an ADF file select your disk drive (eg. DF0:), check "format", use the question mark to select the ADF-File and click "File -> Disk".
To create an ADF-File select the floppy drive on the top left (eg. DF0:) where the disk is inserted you want to make the image of. Of course you should NOT check the "format" option this time. Then select CF0: via the question mark and enter the filename for the image, keeping the ending ".adf" in mind.
So you can transfer your Amiga-Disks to your PC and use it in emulators such as "WinUAE".
C64: card readerCards currently available for the C64 (MMC64, MMC Replay, Chamäelon and 1514U) are very easy to use. The MMC64 and the MMC Replay have a file browser, which can be extended with plugins. With shortcuts, you can access various functions, such as the D64Reader. With The D64Reader can dub disks D64 files. If you have a D64 file on the CF card and click on return, it will be wrote back to a floppy.
1541U and Chameleon are a little different. They simulate a 1541 floppy. Also they have a file browser. So you can mount the file with the D64 You can use each copy program for writing the image back to disk.
Commodore: X-cableWith the help of a cable, the X-series can be a floppy on a PC 1540/1541, 1570/1571 or join 1581st There is for example X, XE, and so on different purposes. These cables can build yourself or buy ready. The X-cable is very simple, but not guaranteed. That XE cable is additionally protected with diodes to avoid damaging the hardware. It is probably the most common cable.
The XE-cable, unfortunately, only works on DOS PCs. You can either get an old laptop, or one does not have Windows 98 This is the last Windows, which is based on DOS. Switch off computers and floppy, cable on parallel port of the PC and the serial port to connect the floppy. After that, both Floppy disk drive and computer on.
As a program, I recommend Star Commander. It is freely available, the author would like that you are registered. This must, of course, save on the PC. One remembers the path where the program is located. If you have Windows 98, so you go to Start -> Shutdown -> Restart in MS DOS mode. By Code behind the CD and following a deposit claim is chosen directory (eg cd C: / Star Commander /). Now it starts, the program showing the Floppy address, the code that you received during registration and the type of cable. Learn more about this, there is in the enclosed ReadMe.
The call might look like this: scmain.exe-xe -8-code (scmain.ext is the program that is run-xe is the cable type, here at XE, -8 indicates that the connected floppy has address 8, and the code you get when you register.)
Does started the program, you should see a file browser. The screen is split down the middle. On the left side should the folder for the D64 files, right, you can still view the contents of the disk. You can insert a recorded Commodore disc in the drive. The contents should appear. Nothing appears, it was something wrong, or BIOS settings are incorrect. To get into the BIOS right after the start mostly with the DEL / DEL key. One can time different settings for the parallel port by testing. Please make any settings, If you are not familiar in the BIOS.
Now, if everything is ok, you can either create a disc from a D64 file or transfer a file to disk D64. Now you go into the Folder, where are its D64 files. We choose to copy the file and can pressure with F5.
After dubbing, you can test the file in the emulator or the disk created in real C64.
Atari ST: ST2DiskSince the Atari ST has a compatible format to the PC, you can write to the PC controllers also ST discs. The program that allows this is called STDISK. It is a DOS program. You have to format a DD disk in on the PC with 720 KB (on Windows XP with the command "FORMAT A: / T: 80 / N: 9 / X / V: Atari / FS: FAT ' At the command prompt, with Windows 95/98/NT use "Computer/Format). You can also use high-density disks and format them in the format DD format, but you have to overstick the HD-detection hole (opposite the write-protect switch)!
To play games from the Internet that have the .ST-filr extansion back to a real disk we have to start the program STDISK. You put the formatted Disc into the drive. With the command CD and the directory you can choose where your ST-files are (e.g. cd C:/STDISK/). Now start the pogramm with the following command:
stdisk a: name.st (the name or the path of the disc must be entered correctly, of course). Read more in the enclosed ReadMe.
After dubbing, you can test the disk created in real Atari ST.