Subject: Re: Floppy driver
To: None <,>
From: Olaf Seibert <>
List: amiga-dev
Date: 03/02/1994 12:39:47 (Mike Schwartz) wrote:
> What those 1536 bytes of an 880K floppy disk buy us is a LOT.  The very first
> time someone wipes out an important disk because his label was wrong and the
> netbsd floppy driver was not implemented as good as it should have been, that
> user will curse the guy who wrote the driver.  The first time you are in the
> desparate need of floppies to do an urgent backup and stick your tar disk in
> the drive and realize it's really got (important) data on it and decide not
> to let quarterback write all over it, you will be thankful.  And yet another
> reason to use those 1536 bytes the SMART and USER FRIENDLY way is that you will
> be able to use ADOS DiskCopy program to duplicate netbsd+tar created floppies.
> Don't use the 1536 bytes the right way, and you won't.

Well, recently I discovered I had reformatted a disk with rather important
(and self-made, so not reftpable) source code. There was a clear label
attached to the disk and it was clearly in Amigados format, but did that
stop me? Apparently not, and I'm still kicking my head for it. So
user-friendliness isn't alwas going to help, I'm afraid.

Apart from that, you can already use the AmigaDOS DiskCopy to copy
raw tar floppies. I keep lots of archives that require multiple disks
in tar format (gcc for instance) and that's never been a problem.

> Cheers
___ Olaf 'Rhialto' Seibert       D787B44DFC896063 4CBB95A5BD1DAA96
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