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MAKEDISK v1.5 (DOS) Download

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Hello,

I'm uploading this here, as when I just tried to find it through Google, quite alot of the links are dead.

Makedisk is one of the programs used to recreate the .ST files from the Automation discs, thus creating bootable games for your ST itself. :D

This came from here; http://trooper.110mb.com/atari/down/down.html
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MakeDisk v1.5

Copyright (c) Darren Birks 1999.

email: darren@fatal-design.com

www: http://makedisk.atari.org

10th November 1999.

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After more than two years, I have decided to update MakeDisk. This will

probably be the last version of MakeDisk for DOS as I am now learning to

program for the Windows 95/98/2000 environment.



The main reason for this release was to fix a number of bugs (such as

making WinSTon/Real Atari friendly disk images) and to add the virus

scanning code I wrote some time ago.



What is MakeDisk:

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MakeDisk is a freeware disk image utility which creates image files of

Atari ST disks. These images can be used with Atari ST emulators such

as PaCifiST, by Frederic Gidouin and WinSTon by Paul Bates. It can read

almost all Atari disks including disks with more than the conventional

79 tracks and 9 sectors.



MakeDisk can also write disk image files back to disks. If the disk is

not formatted to the same number of tracks, sectors and sides as the

original disks then it is reformatted. This means that all the disk images

found on the Internet can be converted back to disk which you can boot up

in a real Atari ST.



MakeDisk can even create blank images which PaCifiST and WinSTon can write

to. These images can be upto any size (within reason). Be warned though,

if you wish to write the images back to real floppy disks you should not use

more that 82 tracks and 10 sectors with 2 sides as these will not write

correctly to standard double density floppy disks.



The last feature of MakeDisk is the ability to clean disk images. This

replaces the boot sector of disk images and replaces it with a blank boot

sector. Use this to remove virus's and anti-virus's which are imcompatible

with the Emulator you are using.



Image Formats Supported: [*NEW in v1.4*]

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Since v1.4, MakeDisk supports two types of image files. The original (.ST)

files were just uncompressed copies of all tracks in logical order. PaCifiST

also supports images created with the Magic Shadow Archiver (.MSA). These

images are compressed and need to be unpacked before been read from or

written to. When writing images back to disks, MakeDisk will examine the image and decide

for itself if the image is a compressed MSA file or an uncompressed .ST file.

When reading images from disks, MakeDisk will assume you want to create an

uncompressed .ST file unless you specify the /MSA paramater.



Virus Scanning: [*NEW in v1.5*]

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When reading or writing disk images, MakeDisk automatically scans the disk

for a number of known virus's. If any of them are found MakeDisk will tell

you and give you the option of filtering it out. This does not affect the

source disk or image, just the destination one.



The following virus's are recognised by MakeDisk v1.5:



- BHP Virus

- C'T Virus

- Cookie #1/#2 Virus

- Directory Waster (Waister?) Virus

- Evil Virus

- Flying Chimp Virus

- Ghost (Original) Virus / Ghost (Version G) Virus / Ghost (Version H) Virus

- Green Goblins Virus

- Kobold #2 Virus

- Merlin's Fun Virus (Does not spread - has to be installed)

- OLI Virus

- Pirate Trap Virus

- Signum Virus (With/Without Key Set)

- TOI Virus (A Ghost Variant)



Usage Examples:

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MAKEDISK /READ DISK.ST /AUTO

MAKEDISK /READ DISK.ST /TRACK 80 /SECTOR 10 /SIDE 2

MAKEDISK /READ DISK.ST /AUTO /MSA

MAKEDISK /READ DISK.ST /AUTO /SLOW

MAKEDISK /WRITE DISK.ST /AUTO

MAKEDISK /WRITE DISK.ST /TRACK 80 /SECTOR 10 /SIDE 2

MAKEDISK /WRITE DISK.ST /FORMAT

MAKEDISK /CREATE DISK.ST /AUTO

MAKEDISK /CREATE DISK.ST /TRACK 80 /SECTOR 10 /SIDE 2

MAKEDISK /CLEAN DISK.ST /AUTO

MAKEDISK /CLEAN DISK.ST /TRACK 80 /SECTOR 10 /SIDE 2



Credits:

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Greetings must go to the following people:



- Frederic Gidouin http://pacifist.atari.org

- Paul Bates http://winston.atari.org

- Rich Davey http://www.atari.org and http://www.atarist.com

- Jonathan McHugh

- Andreas Muegge http://www.geocities.com/SiliconVally/Horizon/2361

- Aengus Jankowsky

- Matt Sephton

- Ben Stevenson http://planetst.atari.org

- Mug UK http://muguk.atari.org

- Showaddywaddy/D-BUG http://dbug.atari.org

- Grazey/The PHF http://tphf.atari.org



And anyone else who I know.



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Until MakeDisk 2000...

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Re: MAKEDISK v1.5 (DOS) Download

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techie_alison wrote:...
Makedisk is one of the programs used to recreate the .ST files from the Automation discs, thus creating bootable games for your ST itself. :D ...
Not only Automation. Makedisk is also good for almost all unprotected ST floppies. A good piece of software. :)
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Does anyone have a turorial on using Makedisk. I have a lot of images on my hard drive I want to use in my soon to arrive STe. I read somewhere that Makedisk should be run in full Dos mode. I can't seem to get anythere using either XP or Vista, so I am installing Windows 98 SE on an old laptop for this purpose.

I just don't know what the commands are in DOS to transfer the images to floppies. Here are the screenshots of Makedisk. It looks it is showing the commands, but a little light on the subject would help me.

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What about the difference with a PC floppy drive, they are high density, and the ST drives are Double Density. Does it matter?
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Re: MAKEDISK v1.5 (DOS) Download

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Hi,

You enter the DOS String

Makedisk /Write A:\zap.msa / auto

Then Makedisk will write zap.msa to the a: drive, automatically detecting the sectors and tracks needed.

etc.

/Format Will format the disk before laying down the data from the MSA file


Difference in drives not an issue, larger capacity drive just more capable!

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Re: MAKEDISK v1.5 (DOS) Download

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Thanks Ashley, I will give it a go.
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Re: MAKEDISK v1.5 (DOS) Download

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MAKEDISK is a true DOS application. It is not 100% reliable when run under Windows.

If you want to run under Window$ you may as well use a different (more reliable) tool such as ppera's floimg.
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alexh wrote:MAKEDISK is a true DOS application. It is not 100% reliable when run under Windows.

If you want to run under Window$ you may as well use a different (more reliable) tool such as ppera's floimg.
More accurate: MAKEDISK will work well only under Windows 95. On every later version with less success. Will work not on NT based kernels (NT, Win 2000, XP... ). All it is result of changing floppy driver in Windows versions.
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techie_alison wrote:
Greetings must go to the following people:



- Frederic Gidouin http://pacifist.atari.org

- Paul Bates http://winston.atari.org

- Rich Davey http://www.atari.org and http://www.atarist.com

- Jonathan McHugh

- Andreas Muegge http://www.geocities.com/SiliconVally/Horizon/2361

- Aengus Jankowsky

- Matt Sephton

- Ben Stevenson http://planetst.atari.org

- Mug UK http://muguk.atari.org

- Showaddywaddy/D-BUG http://dbug.atari.org

- Grazey/The PHF http://tphf.atari.org



And anyone else who I know.
Just spotted my name in the credits :)

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Darren used my (older and much smaller) disk collection as test material back in the old days of coding Makedisk. Plus, depending on which version it was you were running, it had a basic anti-virus detection built into the code based on my PVK source. Eeeeh .. them were t'days :)
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Has anybody ever tried this with FreeDOS?
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I've just written an image with it using Windows XP (running in VMware) command line and a USB floppy drive

Seemed to have worked fine, but hadn't.

Had to write a disc using the ST itself (Jay MSA)
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I'd be curious as to whether you could run this under PC-Ditto... :)
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matt wrote:I've just written an image with it using Windows XP (running in VMware) command line and a USB floppy drive

Seemed to have worked fine, but hadn't.

Had to write a disc using the ST itself (Jay MSA)
What did you expect? XP being Nt based is much but not really DOS compatible anymore...
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I had no idea what to expect. :)

But thanks for your post on Jay MSA - it really helped.
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matt wrote:I've just written an image with it using Windows XP (running in VMware) command line and a USB floppy drive

Try FreeDOS in VMware. Also the majority of USB floppy drives will only write 1.44MB disks. On our Dell tower I swapped out the card reader for a sony floppy drive so I could handle floppies for my Ataris
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