Convert MSX Disks to .DSK images

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By Shinobi

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05-02-2019, 05:38

Hi,

There are three disks that came with three books I scanned, these disks contain programs in MSX-BASIC, they are not DOS formatted, they're MSX formatted and contain programs in the book, how can I convert these disks to .DSK images?

Thanks

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By wyrdwad

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05-02-2019, 05:55

Do you have a disk drive capable of reading 2DD 720kb floppy disks on your Windows PC? If so, you can download Disk Manager from the downloads section on here, at which point it's easy:

- Plug in the disk drive (if it's USB).
- Fire up Disk Manager.
- Select "New" under the "File" menu. This will access the disk, but don't panic: it's not writing anything.
- Make sure to click "Copy data from disk." THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT, because if you don't do this, you may overwrite the contents of the disk.
- Click OK, and it should start reading the data from the disk.
- When it's done, simply choose "Save As" from the File menu, enter a filename, and voila! You have a DSK backup.

Note that this doesn't work for copy-protected disks, but I doubt the disks you're dealing with are copy-protected. If they were, you'd get an error popup when trying to read the data from them, but otherwise, you should be fine.

-Tom

By Shinobi

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05-02-2019, 06:05

When selecting "copy data from disk" It stops a bit, I hear disk clicky sound and then it says "disk in not recognized but it can be formatted"

By ericb59

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05-02-2019, 06:55

Perhaps your disks are old 360k floppy disks.
In this case you will not be able to read them in PC

By Manuel

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05-02-2019, 07:49

I can read 360kB floppy disks fine on my 10 year old PC with built in floppy drive.

By NYYRIKKI

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05-02-2019, 08:02

If you see a small hole on lower right corner of the disk when you look text side and the metal plate is facing up, take a piece of tape, cover the hole & try again.

By wyrdwad

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05-02-2019, 20:39

NYYRIKKI wrote:

If you see a small hole on lower right corner of the disk when you look text side and the metal plate is facing up, take a piece of tape, cover the hole & try again.

Isn't that dangerous, though, if he's trying to read the data on the disk? If it's a 1.44Mb 2HD disk, trying to read the data as if it were a 720Kb 2DD disk almost certainly wouldn't work, right? And I feel like it could potentially corrupt the data.

If he were writing a disk, that would be a different story. But for reading an existing commercially released disk, I don't think it's wise to mess with the data format.

-Tom

By TomH

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05-02-2019, 21:19

I don't know how useful it is to query: but is there actually such a thing as "not DOS formatted [but] MSX formatted"? I'm not a Windows user, has Microsoft stopped supporting FAT12 perhaps? Otherwise — for an ordinary disk full of ordinary BASIC files, I'd expect the disks either to be readable directly from Windows Explorer, or not readable by any other means.

I'm possibly being an idiot here. Please don't hesitate to shout me down as required.

Also, definitely flip the write protect tab to avoid worrying about accidental writes.

By Shinobi

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05-02-2019, 21:25

I tried all option in Disk Manager, when copying each track, it says, can't read track n (can't read track 1...track 2...track 3) .. tried all options all types of disks...

By wyrdwad

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05-02-2019, 21:43

Ah, in that case, the disk is probably copy-protected. That's what you'll typically see in such cases.

-Tom

By Manuel

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05-02-2019, 22:47

You could check the size on MSX.

Tom: 1.44Mb 2HD disks are not used on MSX.

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