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ST / PC Disk Drives

Postby STFormatJez » Sat Jul 14, 2018 2:42 pm

I'm having an SaTurday (see what I did there!?), trying to get a few very old ST disks & files on to my PC - old ST Pics, Demos and other junk from 28 years ago.

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frankly, I'm amazed she still works after 28 years, but work she does!

I've no longer got a PC with a floppy drive. I have a USB floppy drive, but it turns out that's about as much use as chocolate fireguard :cry:

I have a floppy drive IDE slot on my PC motherboard so I've just been scouring ebay looking for an old internal drive. Then it struck me! The ST floppy drives are not 1,000,000 miles from PC floppy drives right? Can I take the floppy drive out of my ST and plug it into my PC, then use that magic software (the name of which I forget as I last used it about 20 years ago) to build images of my ST disks.

So my question is, is this plain lunacy or does it work? If it does work, do I need to switch a jumper on the ST drive to set 'LOGICAL UNIT' to 1(B) from 0(A) as mentioned in this post http://www.atari-forum.com/viewtopic.php?t=14049? Is that the jumper in the pic below - moving it from left to right?

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Or am I better off sticking with Plan A and getting an old drive off ebay? Any help, guidance much appreciated.

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Re: ST / PC Disk Drives

Postby charles » Sat Jul 14, 2018 5:38 pm

why not use sttopc .com
which if u use windows ,
is a bat commander

==> read st disks on a pc
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Re: ST / PC Disk Drives

Postby STFormatJez » Sat Jul 14, 2018 6:36 pm

charles wrote:why not use sttopc .com
which if u use windows ,
is a bat commander

==> read st disks on a pc


Thanks Charles. This is a good option for the future, but I think you need to run some software on the ST for this? How do I get said software onto a ST compatible floppy disk to run on my ST with no floppy DD in my PC? This is essentially the problem I currently have.

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Re: ST / PC Disk Drives

Postby charles » Sat Jul 14, 2018 8:37 pm

it changes the density of your pc floppy drive ,,,,which I think I read u have a usb high density floppy
this way ..using prompts from the bat commander , reads st diskds.....
its kinda slow however gets the job done
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Re: ST / PC Disk Drives

Postby STFormatJez » Sat Jul 14, 2018 9:30 pm

charles wrote:it changes the density of your pc floppy drive ,,,,which I think I read u have a usb high density floppy
this way ..using prompts from the bat commander , reads st diskds.....
its kinda slow however gets the job done


Thanks very much Charles, do you mean like 'ST Recover' https://archive.codeplex.com/?p=strecover ?

I tried downloading the ZIP archive, but the instructions say run ST_Recover.exe which unless I'm going mad, doesn't exist in the ZIP files!? Does anyone have a copy of ST_Recover.exe?

Okay, found it here :)
https://chrisbertrandprogramer.wordpress.com/2012/04/06/st-recover-1-0/

Will give it a go. Thanks very much charles

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Re: ST / PC Disk Drives

Postby charles » Sat Jul 14, 2018 10:20 pm

no
u need stopc.com
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Re: ST / PC Disk Drives

Postby charles » Sat Jul 14, 2018 10:21 pm

lol
!!! its on a stformat coverdisk !!!
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Re: ST / PC Disk Drives

Postby STFormatJez » Sun Jul 15, 2018 1:41 pm

charles wrote:lol
!!! its on a stformat coverdisk !!!


:lol: Thank you Charles, I will track it down :D


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