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Software only image read/write

Postby EmpireAndrew » Mon Jul 18, 2016 1:53 am

I've been reading through this sub-forum and a few linked sites on the subject but I'm left with a question...

If using a software solution only, I want to produce floppy disk image files *on the ST* and be able to take those same image files and write out a floppy disk of it at a later date *on the ST*, what's the best method?

I know some disks are copy protected of course, but assuming I was imaging cracked titles as opposed to protected originals, it should be do-able in software on the ST no?

Bonus points if (i.e. only nice to have's, not necessary):

1) the images can also be created and/or written back to floppy on Windows or Linux
2) the resulting files can be used directly in emulators or converted to formats emulators can understand.

I want to stay away from hardware like Discovery Cartridges etc.

Any suggestions / known issues?
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Re: Software only image read/write

Postby EmpireAndrew » Mon Jul 18, 2016 1:57 pm

OK, after a good nights sleep and a quick read on my commute to work I figured out I should use MSA (if anyone knows better let me know).
And JayMSA is the generally accepted way these days. (I've been out of the Atari ST too long!)
1977 VCS Heavy Sixxer (Boxed)
1990 Atari 1040STE, 4MB, UltraSatan, TOS 2.06, TT Touch -> Atari SC1435 Colour CRT Monitor
1991 Atari TT030, 2/64MB, Int 8GB Gigafile SCSI2CF, TOS 3.06, CaTTamaran Accelerator -> Atari TTM195 19" Mono CRT Monitor
1993 Atari Falcon030, 14MB, Int 4GB IDE2SD, TOS 4.04 -> Atari PTC1426 Color CRT Monitor
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Re: Software only image read/write

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Re: Software only image read/write

Postby EmpireAndrew » Wed Jul 20, 2016 11:08 am

Perfect, thanks!
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1990 Atari 1040STE, 4MB, UltraSatan, TOS 2.06, TT Touch -> Atari SC1435 Colour CRT Monitor
1991 Atari TT030, 2/64MB, Int 8GB Gigafile SCSI2CF, TOS 3.06, CaTTamaran Accelerator -> Atari TTM195 19" Mono CRT Monitor
1993 Atari Falcon030, 14MB, Int 4GB IDE2SD, TOS 4.04 -> Atari PTC1426 Color CRT Monitor
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Re: Software only image read/write

Postby spiny » Wed Jul 20, 2016 11:23 am

MSA is what I'd use (and do use)
FCopy Pro also has a disk imaging option, maybe worth a look too ?

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Re: Software only image read/write

Postby EmpireAndrew » Wed Jul 20, 2016 2:55 pm

I'll take a look but I think MSA is the way to go...
1977 VCS Heavy Sixxer (Boxed)
1990 Atari 1040STE, 4MB, UltraSatan, TOS 2.06, TT Touch -> Atari SC1435 Colour CRT Monitor
1991 Atari TT030, 2/64MB, Int 8GB Gigafile SCSI2CF, TOS 3.06, CaTTamaran Accelerator -> Atari TTM195 19" Mono CRT Monitor
1993 Atari Falcon030, 14MB, Int 4GB IDE2SD, TOS 4.04 -> Atari PTC1426 Color CRT Monitor
Amiga, Mac, DOS, Newton, SGI, Sun, NeXTStation and more!


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