I received my NetUSBee from Lotharek today and tested it with a 16 GB San Disk USB storage device.
I am running a 1040 STe upgraded to 4 MB and it has TOS 2.06 installed.
I formatted a floppy, created a folder named AUTO on it, and copied all the driver files in the order stated inside the README.TXT file. My STe booted just fine and the drivers recognized the USB device. I used HDDRIVER v10 to created 512 MB partitions, up to letter P:. This ends up only utilizing half of the USB device. No problem ... I understand this is a limitation of TOS 2.06.
I rebooted the machine and placed Desktop icons for drives C: through P:. Each drive is accessible. I copied my entire Megafile 30 (upgraded with an additional ST-277R drive) several times over. Moving the USB drive to my Win 10 PC I can see all my partitions (plus extra Q:, R:, S:, T:, ... ) and added some "big" JPG files.
Then I ran into the dreaded "40-folder" glitch that requires the FOLDRxxx.PRG patch. I added to the AUTO file but found out it must be loaded before any of the USB drivers. No problem. I created a new boot disk and copied FOLDR800.PRG to the AUTO folder first. Then I added all the USB driver. After rebooting my STe I can seemingly access everything on my artificially bloated C: drive.
I do notice the drive access is slower than my Megafile but it's still faster than a floppy.
Obviously, I need to use this set up much more to gain confidence in performance and integrity. Still, this is a good first step. I was up and running within minutes. Oh, and the USB drivers recognize the TOS&DOS partitions created by HDDRIVER all by themselves. I did not need to install HDDRIVER onto the USB based C: drive.
If you can't use UltraSatan then this may be a good alternative.
Two questions :
1) How have others partitioned their drives? Did you try getting around the native limits of your TOS?
2) Where in the world did all those extra letters come from? I'm guessing it's Win 10 just making them up from the left over space. Not sure why.
Time for sleep now.
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