alexh wrote:I need to replace the hard drives on the two Atari Falcon's I bought. I've no experience in doing this.
Do I just attach it and it appears in GEM where I format it?
Or is there some sort of OS I need to install? I've heard of MagiC and MinT but never used either. All I really want to do is play games and demos.
Hard disk drivers? What are they needed for? Does everyone use HDDriver?
Can you prepare a falcon hard drive on a PC using Hatari?
Is there any performance benefits of using SCSI over IDE?
alexh wrote:Oooh. Ta very much.
What about OS? Do the majority of Falcon users just use the built in Gem? Or MagiC? MinT?
alexh wrote:There is the original stock Atari 80Mbyte HDD fitted but it boots directly to GEM and only showing the two floppy drive icons you mention. What are the chances it has just lost it's settings? Should Options->Install devices work?
Edit : No
wongck wrote:alexh wrote:There is the original stock Atari 80Mbyte HDD fitted but it boots directly to GEM and only showing the two floppy drive icons you mention. What are the chances it has just lost it's settings? Should Options->Install devices work?
Edit : No
alexh wrote:No text. It is possible the hard drive is unreadable. I hear it clicking for self check on power up and it seems to spin.
Dunno if it is significant but there is no RAM test displayed at the start. Is this the default NVRAM setting? If not perhaps it does have the hard drive is disabled in NVRAM? How can I clear the settings and is it wise to do so?
Thanks for the offer of the boot disk but currently I've no way of writing it. Someone has offered me a second hand copy of HDDriver 8.23 for €25 which seems a reasonable price.
nativ wrote:You will rarely use 14MB, unless hopefully you become a musician, democoder or 3D artist.
nativ wrote:There is AHDI the ATARI Harddrive driver v 6 somewhere on the Atari forum wiki?
alexh wrote:I'll try that too.
Just had a nice surprise. I looked up CA401294-0001 which was written on the RAM card and it's a 14Mbyte one
alexh wrote:What about OS? Do the majority of Falcon users just use the built in Gem? Or MagiC? MinT?
wongck wrote:I have done this many times and have 3 spare IDE notebook HDD for my Falc.
1. Copy all HDDriver programs into a floppy. Important ones are hddriver.prg and hddrutil.app.
2. Power off (duh!) and remove the old HDD.
3. Insert the new HDD. Make sure it's master IDE (should say how to do it on the HDD itself)
Make sure pins 1 is correctly aligned
4. Power on the Falc and you see 2 floppy icon only. Insert your floppy.
5. Execute hddriver.prg. You will see flashing on the screen it driver looking for your hard disk.
6. On desktop, click Options>Install drives. Nothing should appear .... you need to partition it
7. Execute hddrutil.app.
8. Select Harddisk > Partition.
9. You should see your new HDD description, select it. OK.
10. The partition table will display and you may see some PC partitions there.
11. Just overwrite with the partition dimension you want (Falc can see up to 1GB but 1022 MB works better).
12. select TOS compatibility (as you don't swap internal drive )
13. You may want to partition 2 extra big partition for Fat32 and Ext2 FS if you are going to use MiNT later.
14. Click OK to begin partitioning and answer remaining question correctly.
15. Reboot your Falc again and run item (5) and then item (7).
You should see a C: patition when doing item (5) or more if you decided to partition more partitions.
16. In hddrutil.app, select FILE > Install HDDRIVER. This will write auto boot on your hard disk.
When ask to select a drive/partition, select drive C:
17. Reboot your Falc.
18. You will see that HDDRiver detects drive C: (and other some partitions if you made them).
19. On your desktop, click Options>Install drives. You will see drive C: there.
Foxxy74 wrote:-Make sure 1 partition is smaller or equal to 31 MB to boot from
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