Floppy images

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Floppy images

#1 Post by mjaniszewski2 » Sat Jun 18, 2005 12:14 am

Hi there!
I had some problems with creating floppy images using WinImage and Partition Magic rescue diskettes.
I have found Virtual Floppy Drive and extracted it to some dir.
Then i ran console (be pressing Win+R and 'cmd'), switched to VFD dir and entered a command 'vfd'.
It will give you VFD own console, where you have to type:
  • install - it will install VFD driver in your system. You should see this:
    [VFD] install
    Installed the Virtual Floppy driver.
  • start - it will start the driver.
    [VFD] start
    Started the Virtual Floppy driver.
  • link 1 B - it will assign drive #1 to letter B. From now on you should be able to see one more floppy drive in My Computer - Floppy 5,25" B:
    [VFD] link 1 B
    Drive 1 : B (Persistent)
  • now you can type status, what should give similar output:
    [VFD] status
    Driver : C:\Documents and Settings\misieq\Pulpit\vfd\vfd.sys
    Version : 2.1
    Start Type : DEMAND
    Status : RUNNING

    Shell extension is disabled.

    Drive 0 :
    Image : <none>

    Drive 1 : B (Persistent)
    Image : <none>
  • open b: c:\flop.img /144 what will open an image file c:\flop.img to which device b: is pointing with 1.44 mb size.
    [VFD] open b: c:\flop.img /144
    Nie mo┐na odnalečŠ okreťlonego pliku.
    Create a new image file (Y:yes / N:no) ?
    Created a new image file.

    Drive 1 : B (Persistent)
    Image : c:\flop.img
    Description: RAW image 1,474,560 bytes (1.44 MB)
    Type : FILE
    Media : 3.5" 1.44MB
    Access : Writable
Now you can write for example your PM rescue discs to drive B: and it will be saved in c:\flop.img which you can easily open in winimage.

To quit VFD simply type these two commands: 'stop' and 'exit'.

Hope you enjoy it :).

PS. You can also use it as tutorial ;)

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#2 Post by Victor Chew » Sun Jun 19, 2005 10:03 pm

Thanks! I will link it from the "Tutorials" page.

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#3 Post by ei9hk » Thu Nov 24, 2005 7:06 am

all went well till:
[VFD] open b: c:\flop.img /144
It could not find the path
Help, please

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#4 Post by Constance » Wed Nov 30, 2005 1:03 pm

Hmm what is that supposed to do ?
To create floppy images you may just use RawRead ... that's much easier than that ^^
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#5 Post by McStarfighter » Thu Dec 01, 2005 11:28 am

It is a complete virtual Floppy Drive with read and write support. You can use it, if a tool needs a floppy drive to create discs. Very nice tool.