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    Default Reading Apricot Disks?

    Hey

    Is it possible to read / write to disks formatted for Apricot computers on a modern, Win XP system?
    Collection thus far:
    A500, A500+, A600, A3000, A1200, A1200T, CD32, ZX Spectrum, 128k +A & +B, C64, Apple Macintosh Plus, Classic, Sharp Pc-7200, IBM-PC360, Powermac 8500.

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    I'd say that would depend on which Apricot computer wrote them.

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    I've never had any success accessing Apricot floppies on an XP system, HOWEVER I have successfully read in and written back images made using Rawread/Rawrite.

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    I was thinking of getting myself an Apricot Portable. just curious f I can get data off it on to a modern system.


    For example, say I create a file on the Apricot, that I'd like to open on another system.
    Collection thus far:
    A500, A500+, A600, A3000, A1200, A1200T, CD32, ZX Spectrum, 128k +A & +B, C64, Apple Macintosh Plus, Classic, Sharp Pc-7200, IBM-PC360, Powermac 8500.

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    Apricot PCs like the Portable have their own non-standard boot sector, which Windows won't recognise. However Apricot MS-DOS, at least in some versions, can access disks in the standard PCDOS 713k format.

    The dsktrans utility in LibDsk includes options to convert the boot sector of a disk image to and fro between the PCDOS and Apricot formats.

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    If you don't mind running MSDOS look for COTDOS on SIMTEL20. It's a device driver that allows standard DOS access, and formats using the standard Apricot boot sector. You'll need a 5.25" 1.2M or 720K floppy drive. I wrote it ages ago.

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