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Some years ago I wrote some utilities for reading and writing floppy disks on the PC. You need a 3.5" or 5.25" drive, and Linux.

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19 minutes ago, rietveld said:

Is there a way to use a PC to make disks for my ti

Yes, although I haven't done it in a while...

 

You need a PC with a motherboard BIOS capable of using a 360kb DS/DD floppy drive. And "TI99-PC" software:

 

http://www.99er.net/download2/index.php?act=view&id=243

 

As a side note: I didn't use Omniflop for Windows, just did it in DOS.

 

I remember having to format the disk in a real TI PEB floppy drive first before I could successfully write disk images to it using TI99-PC.

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Yup, I make disks all the time.  I have an Asus motherboard (its on the compatible list), 360K floppy and  XP installed. I have DOS 5 on a bootable floppy. I use TI99-PC, I boot off my floppy then I create all my disks using TI99-PC. Very simple once you have all the peices.

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Frankly it's easier to hook up a HDX server and make them in the TI. In the FAQ I link to the post walking though the steps.

If you have the xb27 cart it includes the software and is also available for the finalgrom

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I use a gotek drive as drive 2 and a half ht floppy Drive as drive 1, (some prefer the other way around), then I can move my flashdrive files between the PC,(my laptop), and the gotek and I can also copy from gotek to floppy Drive.

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1 hour ago, arcadeshopper said:

Frankly it's easier to hook up a HDX server and make them in the TI. In the FAQ I link to the post walking though the steps.

If you have the xb27 cart it includes the software and is also available for the finalgrom

Sent from my LM-G820 using Tapatalk
 

 

I agree. Keeping around an old PC with the proper low density drive is cumbersome. I have installed in my PEB a second RS232 card dedicated to the HDX and all I have to do is plug in my USB to serial adapter into it connected to my laptop. The downside of HDX disk transfers is that they are quite slow. 

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Thank you for the links. I was able to make a few disks using my old win 95 machine with a 5 1/4 drive and the software 

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Supposedly I can use my SuperCard Pro to make physical disks from images.  Have never tried it.  Should add that to my List of Things To Do One Day.

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pc99 has a utility to transfer whole disk. you start pc disk transfer on the ti, and pc99 + ti disk transfer on the pc and you have a choice to copying the disk one direction or the other. It uses a rs232 cable to attach both machines.

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I use the "old school" method. I copy the files in a .dsk or other file to my USB 3.5" drive on my PC with a TIFILES header using either TI99Dir or TI Image Maker. Then, I take the physical PC-formatted disk and put it in my TI and transfer the contents to a TI-formatted disk (I have 3.5" disk drives in it as well) and copy between them using PC-TRANSFER. Despite what the docs say, it will handle 720K disks. A bit slower, but it works just fine.

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