How to create image of an MSX diskette?

By bazabaza

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28-07-2017, 13:29

I have an old msx disk 720kb how to make image to pc on windows 10 or 7. what are the steps?

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By Meits

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28-07-2017, 14:15

What kind of disk (file based/sector based)?
Do you have a compact flash card/sd card/physical disk only?

By bazabaza

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28-07-2017, 17:30

standard old msx disk from about 27 years ago. formatted with msx-dos on msx-1 . just trying to recover old basic programs I made hopefully. I just have this disk. want to recover it onto pc so I can browse it on emulator.

By Mafcase

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28-07-2017, 17:42

Try 'Disk manager' From Lex Lechz.

Link: http://www.lexlechz.at/en/software.html

By Jipe

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28-07-2017, 17:44

you can use DiskManager by Lex Lechz
http://www.lexlechz.at
File
New
Copy Data from disk

By Meits

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28-07-2017, 17:59

I tried a few times to create a new disk image with diskmanager. I probably was wasted, cuz I couldn't get it done. Instead I made a copy of an existing DSK file and just formatted that one. Keep that in mind if you can't get it done either Tongue

Needless to say, you need a pc with a 3.5" FDD. USB FDD is an option, but they're mostly of inferior quality.

By Manuel

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28-07-2017, 18:15

By bazabaza

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28-07-2017, 18:33

Thanks for all the answers.

That doesn't seem to be as difficult as it seemed reading other threads. anything to be cautious about? I know that it needs to be write protected so that windows can't write on. Problem I don't have the disk with me, I have to tell my brother who lives thousands miles away how to do it and send me the image. are usb disk drives safe or just might not work? I have to be sure, obviously this is the only copy in the world oO

By Meits

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28-07-2017, 18:51

They might not be able to read DD (formatted) disks.
As far as I know Windows is not trying to write to it, but better safe than sorry, open the black notch Smile

By Manuel

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28-07-2017, 19:12

As long as it's set to write protected you can try any drive. You said it's a 720kB disk, so it's double sided. That immensely increases the chances that an USB FDD will be able to read it.

By Jipe

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28-07-2017, 19:20

make a copy of the disk with the MSX before insert in a PC
with MSX-DOS COPY A:*.* B:
if you have only drive change the disk then prompt message
protect the original