Found a pack of my old Amiga 720 kb diskettes, the Amiga is sold, how to transfer the content to a PC

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As the topic says, how can i get the contents of the old and dusty Amiga 720 kb diskettes over to a PC?

added on the 2007-08-06 12:24:07 by Zplex Zplex
Amiga 720 kb diskettes

Does not compute.
added on the 2007-08-06 12:37:39 by StingRay StingRay
blow the dust off, put them in your drive. should be fine i think...
added on the 2007-08-06 13:20:06 by forestcre forestcre
easy task:

you need a bluetooth usb-adapter and a microwave oven.
place the oven ontop of your pc, so the microwaves can reach the bluetooth-device, then put the disks inside the oven. put it on for no longer than 5 secs!
added on the 2007-08-06 13:30:50 by dalezr dalezr
Thanks guys, i knew i would get alot of useful tips here at pouet.net :)
added on the 2007-08-06 13:35:46 by Zplex Zplex
what StingRay wrote is true. You need an AMIGA to convert. The floppy controller was free programmable. So the disks can not be read on any other machine than on amiga itself. Thats why the AMIGA was also well known as copy station :D > The AMIGA can also write DOS disks.
XDOS on AMIGA or something like that would be able to convert. Or just make an image on AMIGA and send it per Mail to PC or save it on a FAT harddisk.
added on the 2007-08-06 13:44:42 by seppjo seppjo
1) Open PC case
2) Put your disks in the PC case
3) Close the PC case.

The contents of the disks are now in a PC.
added on the 2007-08-06 13:45:46 by Preacher Preacher
@Preacher: :D
added on the 2007-08-06 13:47:36 by seppjo seppjo
preacher trolling? wtf?
added on the 2007-08-06 13:52:04 by rmeht rmeht
I don't know much about the topic but isn't it possible to dump the floppy's content to a file using RaWrite?
added on the 2007-08-06 14:08:36 by masterm masterm
As the AMIGA also was able to write longer sectors, tracks... this doesen't make any sense. A PC floppy controller won't be able to read them raw.
added on the 2007-08-06 14:20:26 by seppjo seppjo
a) Visit someone that has an Amiga with a CD-burner, a Zip-Drive, a 1.44 MB HD Floppy (A4000) or an internet connection
b) Copy or archive your disks using something like LHA or DMS (best for you I guess) or simply copy the files over.
c) Copy the files over one of the available options mentioned under a)

PS: Amiga floppies are 880 kB, not 720
PPS: Apologies for an actually serious answer
added on the 2007-08-06 14:21:39 by noname noname
Hi Zplex,

To convert Amiga 880K (!) disks, you will need a real Amiga with a real 880K disk drive. Your other option is to get a Catweasel adapter that can read Amiga disks on a PC. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CatWeasel).
The best option is to get a second hand A1200 (with pcmcia ethernet card or pcmcia CF card) and do the job with it.
added on the 2007-08-06 14:25:04 by Artlace Artlace
Wasn't there some hack released a few years ago that let you read/write Amiga disks on a PC just as long as you had two disk drives or something?
added on the 2007-08-06 14:34:50 by Sverker Sverker
The standard PC floppy controller can not, in any way no matter how politely you ask it, read Amiga formatted disks. CatWeasel or an Amiga are the only options.
added on the 2007-08-06 14:42:09 by Radiant Radiant
Come to Evoke and we copy your disk to PC ;)
added on the 2007-08-06 14:42:53 by Premium Premium
I can do it with my pc and my catweasel card.

If you wish to send them to me, or bring them to me at Evoke, I'll dump 'em. I know I have several OTHER dumping projects that have been delayed until I have time, but perhaps I'll just dump everything the weekend after evoke.

I also have 4 amigas in case I can't get them to read properly using the catweasel. So _IF_ the image requires dumping using extreme measures, I'll do them.

yes, this is a "get disks to Truck and he will dump them properly" offer. That also holds for anyone else with Amiga disks.
(And, yes, folks, the catweasel IS a floppy controller that is programmable, just like in the Amiga. It can also read Atari disks, TRS-80 disks, C64 floppages, and so on. It does require some programming knowledge if a driver is not available. It can also be used from within E-UAE for accessing the drive directly.)
This is the thing I was talking about: http://www.oldskool.org/disk2fdi/
added on the 2007-08-06 14:52:32 by Sverker Sverker

The standard PC floppy controller can not, in any way no matter how politely you ask it, read Amiga formatted disks. CatWeasel or an Amiga are the only options.

Thats not strictly true: http://www.oldskool.org/disk2fdi/

But I guess installing Windows 98 or DOS onto your PC, and attaching 2 disk drives, is just as much hassle, if not more, than buying a catweasel.

There was also another tool that worked under Windows2000/XP, but I don't remember its name, and it also required 2 drives.
added on the 2007-08-06 14:57:37 by xeron xeron
i found the amiga floppy reader, but u need do some mooding and need a external amiga diskdrive:

added on the 2007-08-06 15:21:56 by am-fm am-fm
If I'm not missinformed, Amiga OFS floppys are 836 kb large. The 880 kb FFS floppys can't be used under KS before 2.0. I'm to lazy to google this now so forgive me if I screwed up the facts...
added on the 2007-08-06 18:33:43 by El Topo El Topo
they can be used on os1.3, but the fastfilesystem has to be loaded from disk first, so you can't boot from FFS disks on OS1.3.
added on the 2007-08-06 21:33:29 by xeron xeron
you can use a catweasel controller in your pc with a standard pc floppy to read the 880k amiga disks
added on the 2007-08-07 16:49:42 by elkmoose elkmoose
el topo and xeron: You are mixing raw capacity with filesystem capacity!
A standard Amiga disk really contained 880 kB of raw data. Here is a little calculation:

- A standard disk has 2 sides, each side contains 80 tracks and each track consists of 11 sectors:
2x80x11 = 1760 sectors per disk

- A sector contains 512 bytes:
1760 * 512 B = 880 kB (where k still stands for 1024 and not for 1000 as in todays hard-drive market)
added on the 2007-08-07 17:08:24 by noname noname