Create 720Kb disk on Windows 7

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By MSXArnhem

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24-05-2012, 23:33

Hi all. After more than 20 years I started my MSX hobby again, and I have a question.

I have an MSX2 with a 720Kb disk drive. I also bought an external 1,44 Gb disk drive for my pc. The idea was to format the disks at 720Kb and save MSX files I found on the internet. Problem is: Windows 7 doesn't support 720Kb anymore (at least that's what I learnt from the internet).

Can anyone tell me how I can make 720Kb disks in Windows 7 and save files? What brand/type external disk drive should I use? Is there any specific program I should use? I could'n't find an answer on msx.org. Please no 'high tech' answers.

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By MSXArnhem

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25-05-2012, 17:16

I searched the forum again. It looks like I overlooked this thread before:
http://www.msx.org/forum/msx-talk/hardware/help-formating-72...

I think it's just a matter of getting the right disk drive that supports 720Kb.

By anonymous

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25-05-2012, 18:28

Did you try MSXForm program? It was commented in that thread but I'm not sure if there are disk drives which don't support 720Kb format.

http://www.msx.org/news/msx-related/en/msxform

By MSXArnhem

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25-05-2012, 22:56

Hi PAC, thanks for the link. No, I haven't tried MSXForm, but I keep it in mind. On Amazon.de, I found a USB floppy drive with the following Kundenrezension: "Angeschlossen an Win7 und läuft. ... Es läßt sich mit dem LW einwandfrei auch 720 KB formatieren, was für meinen Zweck (TOS System) Atari gut funktioniert.".

In English: the floppy drive allows formatting in 720Kb. I think I will order this drive and see if it works. (I got rid of the previous USB floppy drive.)

By jltursan

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26-05-2012, 01:58

Quote:

Did you try MSXForm program? It was commented in that thread but I'm not sure if there are disk drives which don't support 720Kb format.

Indeed. Sadly since some time ago a lot of drives are cheaply assembled without DD support. For example the new Samsung SFD-321B (rev.9 IIRC)

By shaiwa

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26-05-2012, 10:00

I'm using the command line for this one or you can make a batch file for it using this command line:
format a: /t:80 /n:9
I'm using Windows 7 Pro x64 Wink

By Meits

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26-05-2012, 20:42

If you want to format to 720K, I assume you have an MSX? Why not format the disks on that thing?

By MSXArnhem

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26-05-2012, 22:45

Fair question, Meits. It's not so much the formatting, as well that I want to save MSX files found on the internet on a 720Kb disk drive.

By Meits

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26-05-2012, 23:00

I got a USB diskdrive as well. It reads DD disks as well as it can write on it. Haven't tried formatting a disk on it yet, simply because I'd rather use my MSX for that... I use Win7/32. Can check if I can write on 720K disks on a Win7/64 computer as well, if you really want to know...

By MSXArnhem

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26-05-2012, 23:03

I had a USB floppy drive that wouldn't format nor read/write 720Kb disks. I just ordered a new one (another brand). I hope this one will work, just like yours.

By Meits

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26-05-2012, 23:09

Got this one.

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