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Software only image read/write

Posted: Mon Jul 18, 2016 1:53 am
by EmpireAndrew
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?

Re: Software only image read/write

Posted: Mon Jul 18, 2016 1:57 pm
by EmpireAndrew
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!)

Re: Software only image read/write

Posted: Wed Jul 20, 2016 10:42 am
by tteclado

Re: Software only image read/write

Posted: Wed Jul 20, 2016 11:08 am
by EmpireAndrew
Perfect, thanks!

Re: Software only image read/write

Posted: Wed Jul 20, 2016 11:23 am
by spiny
MSA is what I'd use (and do use)
FCopy Pro also has a disk imaging option, maybe worth a look too ?

Re: Software only image read/write

Posted: Wed Jul 20, 2016 2:55 pm
by EmpireAndrew
I'll take a look but I think MSA is the way to go...