I was reading the SDX 4.48 manual one day and I believe I read that it supports 512 byte sectors. I'm not positive, but doesn't the MyIDE interface also support 512 byte sectors ? Are there any other interfaces that support >256 byte sectors and/or more than 65536 sectors ?
Either way, it occurs to me that we could use a new disk format that supports larger sectors and (maybe) larger drive sizes. The first question might then be, what are the limits of the current interfaces, and what might be a logical maximum to include future development ?
I know from when I was talking to Bob during the development of the Black Box he said that it supported three more bits for the sector number. With 256 byte sectors that would yield a maximum partition size of 128MB using 524K sectors. What are the maximum partition sizes for these other interfaces like MyIDE or the SiDE stuff ?
The second question is, are they prevalent enough to warrant a new ATR-style format for the emulators. I think they are, if only to allow for the development of software via an emulator for either current hardware or that which may yet appear.
If there is some other file type like ATR that does all this, then by all means, enlighten me as to what it is, and then we can forget this post.