Apple disk -> MSDOS

From: Fred Cisin <>
Date: Tue Jan 8 22:47:59 2002

On Tue, 8 Jan 2002, M H Stein wrote:
> Do I gather from previous discussions that it's a
> problem reading an Apple II floppy disk on a PC?

No PROBLEM, just impossible.

There have been a few special boards that could be installed into a PC to
do it. The Compaticard is NOT one of them. "Match Point" might be, as is
Apple Turnover, and it's even theoretically possible to do it with the
CopyII Option board (if you are willing to write a program comparable to
the Apple OS file system. Same with Catweasel - theoretical possibility,
but significant software needed but not available.

> I think with a little software I could transfer it
> to one of my PETs via the cassette port, and from there
> it would be trivial to get to a PC, but I'm hoping
> there's an easier way.

Really? The PC can't do PET disks, either. But you MIGHT be able to
interface one of the aftermarket IEEE488 drives to the Pet with some
trivial hardware, and then interface it to the PC, and just write a file
system for it.

But, if you have a serial port on the Pet, then it'll be easy.

Or maybe you could program the cassette port of a 5150?

If you have an Amiga, and are willing to buy or write significant
software, it can (in theory) do both Apple and PC.

> I have a CompatiCard I and Uniform, and I still have
Those will be nice for doing MFM diskettes. No help at all for GCR
(Apple and Commodore).

> the T300 that no one wanted which can do 96TPI 640K
> MS-DOS diskettes as well as the usual MS-DOS 5.25
> formats, if that's of any use.

If you DO figure out a use for it, let me know. Somewhere around here are
a few of them. I patched PC-Write to run on it, but never came up with
anything else to do with it. Eventually I gave one to Toshiba's MRI
division, because they couldn't get one throught their main corporation.

Grumpy Ol' Fred
Received on Tue Jan 08 2002 - 22:47:59 GMT

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