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HxCMount: SD HxC Floppy Emulator as Hard Disk drive emulator

Postby Jeff_HxC2001 » Sat May 14, 2011 8:46 am

A new and important feature is now available for Atari ST computers equiped with an SD HxC Floppy Emulator :

http://torlus.com/floppy/forum/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=631

HXC mount is released. It is a utitily that allow to use the HxC Floppy Emulator as a hard disk. An hard disk image file must sit in the root of the SDcard, and be named "IMG*.IMA". Actually, once loaded, the floppy is replaced by a new partition (C: as example).
It has been tested on Atari STE and Falcon with TOS 1.62, 2.6 and 4.04.

Current version: v1.00

Information and download : http://hxcmount.atomas.com/
The package includes two 32MB image files : an empty one and a "example" partition with some tools, games, demos I had on my real Ataris.

Questions : http://torlus.com/floppy/forum/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=631


This nice piece of software was done by Gilles Bouthenot !

Projet webpage :
http://hxcmount.atomas.com/

HxC Floppy Emulator project webpage :
http://hxc2001.free.fr/floppy_drive_emulator/

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Re: HxCMount: SD HxC Floppy Emulator as Hard Disk drive emul

Postby wongck » Sat May 14, 2011 12:15 pm

Thanks.
Seems like his website now has the binary for the mount program.
However, his url to winimage is missing a w in the first part :mrgreen:
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Re: HxCMount: SD HxC Floppy Emulator as Hard Disk drive emul

Postby wongck » Sat May 14, 2011 3:21 pm

WOW 8O This hxcmount works !! :D

But only on 030 mode.
Seem to crash on 060 mode.
I am not sure if it works on Mint as I do not have a 030 Mint on my system with the SD HxC floppy emulator.
Currently only booting to the included disk image.
Will need to figure out how to get stuff into the disk image as the floppy does not work after that. :roll:
He should have included a hard disk driver so that the hard disk can be on-line.
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Re: HxCMount: SD HxC Floppy Emulator as Hard Disk drive emul

Postby wongck » Tue May 24, 2011 12:38 am

Don't seems to be able to work together with HDDriver, so have no way of accessing the hard disk when using this hard disk drive emulator... :roll:
May be some older drivers will work. Will test and post some findings.
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Re: HxCMount: SD HxC Floppy Emulator as Hard Disk drive emul

Postby SofiST » Tue May 24, 2011 12:02 pm

Actually, I would wonder if it works at all with any hard disk driver . Because hard disk drivers accessing not floppy port but ACSI port :D . It is on same, DMA chip mostly, but some bits are set different.

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Re: HxCMount: SD HxC Floppy Emulator as Hard Disk drive emul

Postby wongck » Tue May 24, 2011 2:42 pm

SofiST wrote:Actually, I would wonder if it works at all with any hard disk driver . Because hard disk drivers accessing not floppy port but ACSI port . It is on same, DMA chip mostly, but some bits are set different.


Yeah, I dream of using a "big" floppy to transfer between Atari & PC is dashed.
I was hoping to be able to access both my real hard disk and the emulated hard disk; copy stuff between them.

It seems that after running the hard disk software, both the emulated hard disk and real hard disk sees nothing on it.

I will stop... fear that it may corrupt my hard disk.... may be I go play with X windows for a while :mrgreen:
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Re: HxCMount: SD HxC Floppy Emulator as Hard Disk drive emul

Postby SofiST » Fri May 27, 2011 8:32 am

Just one note about running multiple hard disk drivers at once: it works in some 80% cases. Should work in 100% if SW is written correct. I mean, should work so, that you can copy files - maybe can not run all SW, but goal is usually transfer. Hddriver has bad habit to kill driver installed before, so best is to run first Hddriver installer (or autoboot it) and then run installer for other (in this case SD HxC driver) - then should see all partitions. If this fails, possible is that SD HxC driver is not made 100% correct.

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Re: HxCMount: SD HxC Floppy Emulator as Hard Disk drive emul

Postby wongck » Fri May 27, 2011 8:46 am

Thanks for the hint.
I will try later in the week or next.
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Re: HxCMount: SD HxC Floppy Emulator as Hard Disk drive emul

Postby troed » Sat May 05, 2012 9:53 pm

wongck wrote:Yeah, I dream of using a "big" floppy to transfer between Atari & PC is dashed.
I was hoping to be able to access both my real hard disk and the emulated hard disk; copy stuff between them.


Any news on this? I'm just about to order an HxC for the specific purpose of getting lots of data copied from the ST to a PC/Mac. I was under the impression that it should work (either using a big floppy image or possible as an emulated hard disk). The ST has a Megafile 30 connected already.

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Re: HxCMount: SD HxC Floppy Emulator as Hard Disk drive emul

Postby wongck » Mon May 07, 2012 11:45 am

Best way to transfer files is still using floppy sized images.
The idea is good but draw back of the speed of writting a large file at floppy speed is not attractive.
It turns out having a CF or SD adapter on my Falcon was still the fastest way.

Still the HxC floppy emulator is one of my best investment for Atari hardware so far.
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