Making images - Alternatives to Disk Manager?

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By dvik

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04-12-2007, 19:29

What service packs do you have installed?

By JohnHassink

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05-12-2007, 01:54

I don't think I have any...? Just "raw" windows xp here, recently installed on a fresh computer. Smile

By AuroraMSX

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07-12-2007, 20:29

Copy real floppy disk to diskimage

cat /dev/fd0 > image.dsk

Setup loopback device

sudo losetup -f image.dsk

Mount disk image into file system. Any *existing and empty* directory will do. I use /mnt/floppy here... you may have to sudo this and add further options like umask 'n' stuff

mount -t msdos /dev/loop/0 /mnt/floppy

Have fun...

ls /mnt/floppy

Unmount disk image (sudo this if you used sudo for mount)

umount /mnt/floppy

Release loopback device

sudo losetup -d /dev/loop/0

Copy disk image back to real floppy

cat image.dsk > /dev/fd0

HTH HAND Smile

By nitrofurano

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13-05-2016, 21:08

AuroraMSX wrote:

Copy real floppy disk to diskimage

cat /dev/fd0 > image.dsk

Setup loopback device

sudo losetup -f image.dsk

Mount disk image into file system. Any *existing and empty* directory will do. I use /mnt/floppy here... you may have to sudo this and add further options like umask 'n' stuff

mount -t msdos /dev/loop/0 /mnt/floppy

Have fun...

ls /mnt/floppy

Unmount disk image (sudo this if you used sudo for mount)

umount /mnt/floppy

Release loopback device

sudo losetup -d /dev/loop/0

Copy disk image back to real floppy

cat image.dsk > /dev/fd0

HTH HAND Smile

for now, i'm interested on not using real floppy drives neither sudo, only simply creating and browsing files from scripts without further “complications”... any clues?

By Manuel

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13-05-2016, 21:54

There are command line wrdsk and rddsk tools you can compile... and some more advanced ones.

By gdx

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01-04-2020, 11:14

By Briqunullus

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09-04-2020, 21:45

Last week I've copied my disks using good old dcopy. It was the only way I could get to work with my single sided disks.

However, after I got the job done I found the Floppy Drive Image Tool 1.01 made by alank2. It's a command line tool like dcopy, but it has a win32 version so it works with Windows 10.

Floppy Drive Image Tool

I've tested it using my usb floppy drive, compared the results with the images I already got and it works flawlessly.
It even reads single sided disks using the /360 option. It will report the disk having 2 heads, but the image is fine.

This means I can clear out some antique pc hardware. :)

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