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Read Amiga floppies in Windows (or Linux)?


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#1 Capn Easy

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Posted 20 December 2010 - 02:51 AM

Back in the 90s I did most of my computing on an Amiga 3000 (which I dearly loved!). I have a batch of floppies that still have plain ASCII text files, jpeg files, etc., that I'd like to access.

My current computer is an IBM Thinkcentre with Windows XP SP3. It has a floppy drive (which I actually still find useful for ASCII texts, spreadsheet files, etc.). I've also got a netbook running Ubuntu, but that doesn't currently have a floppy.

I know that the Amiga's native floppy format was not readable by MS-DOS computers, but that optional software packages permitted the Amiga to write MS-DOS compatible floppies. I also know there was a specialized hardware disk controller, the Catweasel, that permitted the Amiga to write a variety of floppy formats.

What I'd like to find, if possible, is a way to read my Amiga-formatted floppies from my IBM?

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Posted 20 December 2010 - 12:38 PM

Looks like it can be done. But not very easily: How to access data on Amiga floppy disks from a PC.

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Posted 21 December 2010 - 02:56 AM

Thanks, Animal. I was afraid that would be the case, but I don't know Windows well enough to know all the ins and outs.

Well, the files on those floppies aren't vital -- in fact, I've forgotten what most of them are. I may hook the old Amiga together to see if it fires up one more time before I format them.




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