Apple disk -> MSDOS

From: Ethan Dicks <>
Date: Thu Jan 10 13:45:23 2002

--- "Fred Cisin (XenoSoft)" <> wrote:
> There are actually numerous ways to get files from 5.25" Apple ][
> diskettes into a PC.
> Serial ports are a good one. One of the best ones when the disk format
> is HARDWARE incompatible.

Always a favorite. Even a lowly 1Mhz 6502 can bang out bits at 1200 bps.
> All of the others require either special hardware, or multiple steps.
> Or, could get network cards for everything and build a heterogenous
> network.

I'd *love* that one... the easiest way to "cheat" would be to implement
an 8-bit ISA slot for the 6502 and stick in an NE1000 or 3C501 card.
There are TCP/IP stacks for the 6502, but I think most of them are PPP
oriented and, therefore, don't include support for ethernet protocols
like ARP.
> Or connect serial/modem and upload to your ISP, and then download with
> another machine.

Done that one!
> Or print it out and scan/OCR :-)

Nice if it's short. Not nice if it's the entire contents of a floppy.
> Or transfer through cassette port to a Pet, read the Pet disks with an
> Amiga, write Mac disks with the Amiga, use a Mac to write PC disks.

Or short-stop that one by attaching a 1541 to the PC with an X(E)1541
cable. I think there are more 1541 drives in the wild than 4040 drives.

Can you read 4040 disks in an Amiga, even with a 5.25" drive?
> How about interfacing an IR LED to the cassette port and writing routines
> to write Palm compatible IR?

How slow can the Palm go? Slow enough? Interesting idea, though. There
are add-on IrDA interfaces out there - I have one for a 3.5" drive bay -
gives me a window out the front to sync Palms, etc., to a machine with
an IrDA connector on the motherboard. Not sure what the underlying
serial protocol is, though.


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Received on Thu Jan 10 2002 - 13:45:23 GMT

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