Convert MSX Disks to .DSK images

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By Manuel

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09-02-2019, 13:45

In case the disks are damaged you can try the program ddrescue.

This is what I do for single sided disks (after the mknod as mentioned in the previous post):
$ ddrescue -d -c 9 ~/dev/fd0u360 dumpss.dsk dumpss.map

And for double sided:
$ ddrescue -d -c 9 /dev/fd0 dumpds.dsk dumpds.map

By Shinobi

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10-02-2019, 23:14

I prepared a PC, is Linux Ubuntu Ok for this job?

By MP83

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11-02-2019, 00:21

If your PC has a disk drive capable of reading/writing MSX disks, but it won't do that, it could very well be your Windows' fault. My old PC that I use for reading/writing MSX disks with Disk Manager wouldn't work on Windows 7, but on Windows XP it does.

By Shinobi

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11-02-2019, 15:01

Thanks Manuel, I dumped the three disks using your comment, first created the special device node ~/fd0u360 and then used cat ~/fd0u360 > disk.dsk

Thanks again, you participated in saving a piece of MSX history, these disk images now are available to download through my blog: https://technology-with-fadi.blogspot.com/2018/12/biggest-co...
but for them to work, you need the Arabic Sakhar BASIC cartridge, which is available in AlAlamiah collection in archive.org, I'll post a video later.

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type: cat example.dsk > /dev/fd0, if your disk-drive has the device-name fd0. That's it! To make a disk image of your real disk, use the same procedure, but then the other way round: cat /dev/fd0 > example.dsk . (This is why I love Unix!)

For single sided disks, you may have to create a special device node first (you can do that in your home directory, e.g.): mknod ~/fd0u360 b 2 12 and then transfer the disk like this: cat example.dsk > ~/fd0u360.

By Manuel

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11-02-2019, 15:03

Good to read this, thanks!

By tfh

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11-02-2019, 15:37

@Shinobi,
Thanks for preserving the disks. I have added them to the Sakhr Basic on my site:

Sakhr BASIC: (with your disks): https://www.file-hunter.com/Arabic/index.php?id=sakhrbasic
Learning Sakhr BASIC: https://www.file-hunter.com/Arabic/index.php?id=learnsakhrbasic

By Shinobi

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11-02-2019, 19:23

Very nice, tfh Smile

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