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Van Alex

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21-08-2008, 20:46


I wish it was that easy to copy japanese games. IIRC I've tried what you're thinking, copy the contents to ramdisk then to a fresh disk. Didn't work according to plan, I find out the games are unaccessible through dos. Crying

Fastcopy doesn't work for me either, I get a bunch of errors...I believe I stated this before in another thread. Never did figure out why I can't backup anything on my MSX2+ or my PC.


If these japanese games are original ones, then it might be that they are copy-protected. Fastcopy does not support copy-protections. On the other hand, it might also be that your disks are simply becoming too old. The magnetic fields on floppy disks eventually do become weaker. I have also had problems with some disks when I wanted to copy them to diskimage files on the PC. Some floppies had simply become unreadable. I tried them on several PCs and they failed on all of them :-(

Van gargamel

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22-08-2008, 20:25

It's a good idea to archive the aging floppy disks.

David Dunfield's ImageDisk is a great tool for this purpose, because it also stores the disk format and has lot of other features. There's also a small util included for converting the disk images to a raw data format used by emulators.

ImageDisk
www.classiccmp.org/dunfield/img/

Van Alex

Master (205)

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22-08-2008, 21:43

It's a good idea to archive the aging floppy disks.

David Dunfield's ImageDisk is a great tool for this purpose, because it also stores the disk format and has lot of other features. There's also a small util included for converting the disk images to a raw data format used by emulators.

ImageDisk
www.classiccmp.org/dunfield/img/

I archived them under linux, with the dd command, something like 'dd if=/dev/fd0 of=something.dsk'. It copies the floppy at sector level from the floppy device to a file. I made a small script that runs in a loop, asking each iteration to insert the next disk and hit enter, after which it used the dd command to copy the disk. It automatically numbered the disk images with a sequence number. Was very convenient.

Van Manuel

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23-08-2008, 00:24

The Dunfield program is a bit deeper, should be able to copy disks with extra sectors, I guess. But I guess it doesn't work on Linux...
(Note: for Linux sector based copies, I always simply use

cat /dev/fd0 > image.dsk

Wink)

Van gargamel

Expert (101)

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25-08-2008, 20:25

Yes, ImageDisk is more suitable for obscure formats in FM/MFM mode. To get the same features under GNU/Linux one would have to write a kernel driver, then there's also the Catweasel card that already has a driver and would be more suitable.

However, mostly the disk geometry is pretty standard in the MSX world.

Van ~mk~

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02-11-2014, 06:49

Sorry to resurrect this old conversation, but I am also looking for some program to create a ramdisk with DOS1.
Does anyone have this program by Paul te Bokkel, or another one?
Thanks.

Van anonymous

incognito ergo sum (116)

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02-11-2014, 15:56

It's in MCM 29

Van djh1697

Paragon (1680)

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29-07-2022, 20:45

Is this Ramdisk program available for download, please?

Van Briqunullus

Hero (584)

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29-07-2022, 22:02

You can download it from here. Or download the disk that came with the magazine directly.

Van djh1697

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30-07-2022, 15:53

Thank you, I now have a MASSIVE ramdisk on my MSX2+

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