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Last edited by an-cat-max (Jan 9, 2010 12:55 pm)

What exactly does this do that the floppy drive on my PC can't? Not trying to be a dick or anything, I'm just used to putting ST files on a floppy on my PC and then putting the floppy in the ST and having all the files there just fine so I don't understand the point of a utility yikes

really? yikes that's awesome! i was kind of worried it was going to be like Amiga and i'd need to bust my balls trying to get programs! if it's just a straight write to disk then i'll be ecstatic! i'm a total noob to ST by the way. i just thought that this program might be a necessity since i didn't know better. but thanks for that info man smile maybe we should just make this thread a ST Troubleshooting thread?

Haha, sure we can do that. So you don't yet have an ST? Also there are SOME restrictions, you can't just write to any old floppy willy-nilly. Depending on your ST model and stuff, you may or may not be able to use single- or double-sided disks, and other stuff. The link I found that helped me sort it all out is here: http://www.atari-forum.com/viewtopic.ph … mp;t=9481.

In it, there's a good tip on formatting disks to make sure they're readable by your Atari: "In Win XP type this in command prompt: format a: /t:80 /n:9 It will produce 720KB floppy, usable on all Ataris."

There's also information in there about utilities that would (I assume you don't need this, but others may be interested) let you rip your old Atari ST discs to image files (like an .iso of a CD/DVD nowadays), or to use ST image files to make ST discs.

But if you're just looking to use a free and modern program such as MaxYMiser, you can drag and drop files to a disk pretty easily.

However, make sure the disk drive in your PC works! A lot of old floppy drives are probably pieces of junk by now, I had to buy a new one when I got my ST last year.

Edit: post now pointless. hmm

Last edited by iNFOTOXIN (Jan 8, 2010 4:40 am)

I just need some nice fellow to make me a cable for my b/w monitor sad

Norock wrote:

However, make sure the disk drive in your PC works! A lot of old floppy drives are probably pieces of junk by now, I had to buy a new one when I got my ST last year.

I've got a USB one i use, not sure if it'll work or not though?

You also need Tos 1.4 or later. Since thats when TOS got DOScompatibility. But afaik most ataris sold after like 89 got that retail. Youll know that its 1.4 if there the atarilogo in the aboutscreen is a "rainbow" hence "Rainbow TOS" and/or there is stated (c) 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 instead of just 85. This means that instead of formatting disks in XP or DOS you can format them directly on the atari and your PC will be able to read them.
Retris: buy them of ebay for 2bucks.

how can you tell what version of Tos you have?

apparently I can't read, sorry dubmood haha big_smile

anyone know if i could use a USB floppy drive to make disks for my STe?

an-cat-max: Same question asked on 8bc, and it seem to work.

Use the command

format a: /t:80 /n:9

to format the floppy properly.

ok amazing smile i'll try this out later wink

but then, an STe most probably have a tos newer than 1.04, usually 2.* so just format the disks on the atari and your windows will read them.

mine is newer than 1.04 i think, it has the rainbow atari logo,

lol nevermind, i figuired it out smile

Last edited by an-cat-max (Jan 19, 2010 9:10 pm)