Hi Sunnboy, we have almost the same discussion in atari-home forum where you are moderator as well... To summarize:
1. Byteswap is not necessary on ACSI/SCSI-I+II solutions, only on IDE. (IDE is a AT-BUS ISA extension, so it's little endian while Motorola 68000 is big endian. So on 16 Bit ISA bus byteswap is needed for compatibility of medias between PC and ST) ACSI/SCSI-drive-controllers lile UltraSatan, CosmosEx, Gigafile do the 8-Bit to 16 Bit conversion internally correctly.
2. TOS has partition size limits and on the other side PC can only support one partition per memory card. So it's recommended to have only one partition on a memory card which does not exceed TOS partition size limit. Example: TOS 2.06/3.06 max 512 MB
3. TOS 2.06/3.06 supported partition size can be doubled to 1 GB by using BIGDOS.PRG in auto folder. (I tryed it also with Falcon, but seems not to work, BIGDOS limit?)
4. Use HDDRIVER, format DOS/TOS compatible. Create one primary partition - or no partition schema, that is the so called "superfloppy" format, which is also supported well by PC.
5. If you format the memory card on your PC, don't forget to avoid NTFS file system or ext2/3/... Linux file systems (except if you use MiNT, Debian or NetBSD on your ATARI, then Ext2 should work as well.
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