Catweasel Mk1-3 not suitable for archiving - why?
trixter at oldskool.org
Sun Sep 16 18:41:51 CDT 2007
Philip Pemberton wrote:
> Zane H. Healy wrote:
>> I've no idea who these people are, but I find it interesting that they
>> insist that PC 1.44MB floppies be read on a "GENUINE Amiga high
>> density disk drive". In looking it appears that they are using their
>> own software, "IPF" (Interchangeable Preservation Format), which
>> likely is the real reason behind these edicts.
> Basically, they have their own software that reads the discs and
> produces a raw image. Then you send them the image and they send the IPF
> The lack of a formal format specification for IPF means I'm not going to
> be implementing support for it in the FD Reader software. It doesn't
> look like there are many (any?) standard, open formats for raw disc
> archiving. DMK is a raw track dump (including sector headers), but
> AFAICT doesn't have any features to represent MFM 'weirdness', e.g.
> missing clocks and speed-shifting (which seems to be a feature of quite
> a few copy protection schemes).
The FDI format (google "Disk2FDI") is open and complete, and there's a
few emulators supporting it (WinUAE, others that are also non-Amiga).
Doesn't require a catweasel either.
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