How to configure hard disk?

By AxelStone

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18-01-2015, 12:42

Hi, actually I'm using openMSX with NMS 8255 configuration (2 disk drives). I'd like to add a hard disk, so I've pluged Sunrise IDE extension and as I've read in openMSX docs it creates a drive named hd.dsk with 100Mb of size. At this point all right, the hd is created but now comes the problem: wich drive is maped the hdd? The floppy drives has been moved to C: and D:, but I can't locate the HDD.

thanks.

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By Manuel

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18-01-2015, 13:13

You have a HDD, but it's unpartitioned.

What you do (like on a real MSX):

Step 1: insert a floppy with MSX-DOS2 and the partitioning tool (IDEFDISK.COM) in the floppy drive and reset the MSX, keeping the INS key pressed. Now start IDEFDISK and partition the HDD as you wish.

Step 2: After resetting again, the A: drive is the first partition on the HDD... but the partition is empty, so you won't find any files on it. If you have 4 partitions you have drive A: to D: mapped to them. You can copy MSX-DOS2 on it via the floppy drive (drive E: in this example), e.g. in BASIC.

You can also let openMSX create partitions for you (replacing Step 1): see a tutorial here: http://www.lavandeira.net/2014/12/relearning-msx-5-setting-u... (mostly the last part)

For Step 2, there's also this tutorial: http://www.lavandeira.net/2014/12/relearning-msx-6-setting-u...

Thanks to Javi for making these tutorials :)

By mars2000you

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18-01-2015, 13:23

You can also check this page of the blueMSX manual (steps 3 and 4) :

http://msxblue.com/manual/creatinghdsk.htm

By AxelStone

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18-01-2015, 14:33

Thanks all, hard disk running LOL! Wink

By Meits

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18-01-2015, 19:08

Quite a novice to this subject as well as I can manage with DSK files...
But what if someone wants to release something too big for a DSK file? Is such a harddisk image an option then? Is it ZIP-able to a reasonable download size and can the downloader just stick in an IDE interface into openMSX and have it autorun?

By Manuel

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18-01-2015, 19:27

Sure you can. But how do you want to cope with real MSX?

By Grauw

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18-01-2015, 19:44

dd it to an sd-card? Or mount it and copy the files.

I would only include it as an “extra”, though, alongside the actual files so I can manually copy them to my existing sd-card. It should compress well btw.

By Meits

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18-01-2015, 20:34

Indeed Grauw Wink

By Meits

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19-01-2015, 00:13

Ey nice...
That tutorial saved me from fdisk Smile

By anonymous

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19-01-2015, 04:11

Glad to hear that the tutorials are helpful. I have the feeling that the current MSX scene is assuming too much knowledge. Not very welcoming for new users.

By Grauw

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19-01-2015, 09:20

I agree a lot of basic knowledge that we consider trivial is not really shared anywhere.

I noticed as well in a couple of the newbie threads, that you really need to explain stuff rather than pointing to some resource and saying "it’s all explained there".