Handling mixed disk formats.

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rmegone
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Handling mixed disk formats.

Post by rmegone » Mon Sep 12, 2016 9:07 am

I've got a project coming up with a big box full of mixed disks.

I want to approach it the correct way so that these disks aren't sat around in a disk drive any longer than they need to be.

It's an archive of music made on various systems, stored on 3.5" floppy disks. The problem I have is that the disks are IBM PC/Amiga/Atari ST formatted but are unlikely to be marked in any useful manner and the will almost certainly be mixed up.

What's my best option for preserving the data on these disks but also ensuring I can access and catalog the data?

If I export direct to a Stream, I know I can use Keir's wonderful utilities to extract the data from any streams that happen to be in Amiga disk format. Is there anything similar for IBM PC or Atari ST disk images?

Would it be a sensible move to dump to a stream file and the other formats at the same time or am I better using the format guided options and hoping I get it right?

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mr.vince
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Re: Handling mixed disk formats.

Post by mr.vince » Mon Sep 12, 2016 5:50 pm

You can dump stream, Amiga, Atari ST and PC at the same time. Since only one format matches, the others will create empty containers.

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Re: Handling mixed disk formats.

Post by rmegone » Mon Sep 12, 2016 6:04 pm

Ok, that's fantastic. Thanks for your help!

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Re: Handling mixed disk formats.

Post by mr.vince » Fri Sep 16, 2016 6:58 am

Leaving out the -f fileoutputs, this should look like this:

dtc.exe -i0 -i5 -i4 -i6

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