Most of the floppies are of unknown origin/content, i.e. I don't know what type of computer created them.
I'm using a digital forensic application called FTK to analyse the disk images created by the KryoFlux application.
The only profile that seems to produce a valid image from floppy disks created by a modern 'Microsoft Windows' PC is 'MFM sector image'. When I say 'valid' I mean that the resulting .img file is roughly 1.5MB, i.e. similar to the floppy. The FTK application is able to read this .img file OK and extract the original files.
However, if I analyse older floppies of unknown original, the resulting MFM image is of size 0 bytes.
What am I doing wrong ? Is there not a profile that will read most floppies ?
Is there a chart somewhere explaining what each profile is for ?
But don't expect FTK to be able to open any of the generated (non-IBM-PC) dumps, they are specific to the corresponding computer (or an emulator) and can only be opened with specialized tools.
I agree that some sort of analysis tool that autodetects the image format (and any copy protections used) and understands the filesystem on the various image types would be desirable. But it's still a long way to go for something like that, the closest you can get is with Keirf's Disk Utilities, bot those are mainly tailored to Amiga disks, or MAME/MESS's imgtool.exe
No, not necessarily. However, KryoFlux and FTK has cost us a fair bit already so we don't have much spare cashDarkstar wrote:The Softpres Analyzer is not freeware, I thought BenG was looking for a free solution
Yes, it's commercial software. No one wants to work for free and good code and corresponding support costs money. And I think it's ok to say we try hard to reply in time and recommend / deliver solutions that work. Even for those (private, personal users) who got the software completely for free.
Maybe "pricing/licensing" and "features" pages for the analyzer would be nice, because right now it looks like that software is more like "internal use only" rather than true commercial software.
If it's reasonably priced I wouldn't mind buying a copy, but all I've seen so far suggests that this won't be possible