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Mike Saville

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Jan 17, 2002, 7:01:31 AM1/17/02
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Hi,

Apologies if this has already been dealt with on the group, but . . .

I have some old Archimdes disks (20) with Sibelius 7 files on which I wish
to convert. From the Sibelius standpoint this should be OK a version 2 of
Sib for Windows will open version 6/7 files. My problem is that I cannot
read the format of the disks in my PC. I do not have access to an arc/Risc
PC. IS there any utility which I can use in my PC to convert the disk
format?

TIA.

Mike.

ROS402dn

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Jan 17, 2002, 8:45:49 AM1/17/02
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In message <6fdad849.02011...@posting.google.com>
michael...@btinternet.com (Mike Saville) wrote:

It depends upon the format of the disks, 800KB is possible on PCs, as
far as I know 1.6MB isn't. There are 3 possible options,

1) a DOS utility called ArcImg, this simply does a sector copy of the
floppy to a file on the PC.

2) a RISC OS emulator, Archie, this supports the use of ADFS 800KB
disks, however, there is no simple way for the files to be copied
to the PC HDD.

3) another RISC OS emulator, Red Squirrel, this supports the floppy
image files that ArcImg creates, and, it uses the normal PC HDD
as file storage space too.

Currently, none of the above seem to work with 1.6MB disks.

Michael Harding

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Jan 17, 2002, 3:14:46 PM1/17/02
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In article <5cd544fa4a%ne...@sa-rpc-user.fsnet.co.uk>,

> > Apologies if this has already been dealt with on the group, but . . .
> >
> > I have some old Archimdes disks (20) with Sibelius 7 files on which I wish
> > to convert. From the Sibelius standpoint this should be OK a version 2 of
> > Sib for Windows will open version 6/7 files. My problem is that I cannot
> > read the format of the disks in my PC. I do not have access to an arc/Risc
> > PC. IS there any utility which I can use in my PC to convert the disk
> > format?

> It depends upon the format of the disks, 800KB is possible on PCs, as
> far as I know 1.6MB isn't. There are 3 possible options,

I think the 4th option sounds like the only viable one. Find some
volunteer near you who has both RISC OS and Windows PCs. Where are
you?

Michael Harding

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Martin Wuerthner

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Jan 17, 2002, 6:31:48 PM1/17/02
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In message <4afa68716...@argonet.co.uk>
Michael Harding <MDHa...@argonet.co.uk> wrote:

> I think the 4th option sounds like the only viable one. Find some
> volunteer near you who has both RISC OS and Windows PCs. Where are
> you?

Just a RISC OS machine is enough, no Windows PC is required. The volunteer
can simply copy the file from the ADFS floppy onto a DOS formatted floppy.

Martin
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Darren Salt

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Jan 18, 2002, 11:51:50 AM1/18/02
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I demand that ROS402dn may or may not have written...

> In message <6fdad849.02011...@posting.google.com>
> michael...@btinternet.com (Mike Saville) wrote:
>> Apologies if this has already been dealt with on the group, but . . .

>> I have some old Archimdes disks (20) with Sibelius 7 files on which I wish
>> to convert. From the Sibelius standpoint this should be OK a version 2 of
>> Sib for Windows will open version 6/7 files. My problem is that I cannot
>> read the format of the disks in my PC. I do not have access to an arc/Risc
>> PC. IS there any utility which I can use in my PC to convert the disk
>> format?

> It depends upon the format of the disks, 800KB is possible on PCs, as far

> as I know 1.6MB isn't. [...]

My Linux box is happily reading an ADFS F-format floppy...

There are some utilities at <URL:http://www.seasip.demon.co.uk/Unix/LibDsk/>
which should also be compilable on Wodniws. I've put together an apt-gettable
version named dsk-utils; details of what to add to your apt.conf are at
<URL:http://www.youmustbejoking.demon.co.uk/progs.linux.html#debian>.

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David Boddie

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Jan 22, 2002, 7:47:51 AM1/22/02
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Darren Salt <ne...@youmustbejoking.demon.cu.invalid> wrote in message news:<4AFAD9B309%ne...@youmustbejoking.demon.cu.invalid>...

> My Linux box is happily reading an ADFS F-format floppy...
>
> There are some utilities at <URL:http://www.seasip.demon.co.uk/Unix/LibDsk/>
> which should also be compilable on Wodniws. I've put together an apt-gettable
> version named dsk-utils; details of what to add to your apt.conf are at
> <URL:http://www.youmustbejoking.demon.co.uk/progs.linux.html#debian>.

I can't test these as I don't have any ADFS floppy discs lying around, but
they appear to be exactly what I was looking for.

The archiving can begin!

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David

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