Speaking of Creating 5 1/4" floppies

Marc Verdiell marc.verdiell at gmail.com
Tue Aug 18 22:52:48 CDT 2015

Try Imagedisk for DOS (with actually somewhat of an interface). Great
software, superb manual.

Also Omnidisk for DOS (command line)

And Omniflop for WinXP with a GUI

All of them can read and write a particular sector.

With Imagedisk you can image the original disk to a file image, and view the
image data in a nice hex editor by sector, make your changes, and write back
the modified version to a disk. All with a simple and efficient DOS GUI.


jwsmobile <jws at jwsss.com> wrote:

I wonder if someone can help with a bit of a problem I have.

I have a compaq portable 3 system which has a working Pick (Non dos) 
system on it.

It has the 5 1/4" floppy drives on it.  I am looking for a bootable 
floppy or 2 with something like dos 6.x on it and some utility that can 
read and write disk sectors.  Preferably the latter is a nice gui 
program, but beggers can't be choosers.

I need to boot it up from the floppy drive and modify the pick system 
dictionary to remove the main password.  So the change to the system 
will be surgical, just one sector.

If anyone can help, can you send me a note and let me know how I can 
compensate you for your help.

If I really move crap around I may be able to find a system with the 5 
1/4" floppies on it, but I'm not sure I could get a program onto the 
system then out to the 5 1/4" drive and am also looking for suggestions 
about what disk utility / editor might be useful if anyone has 
suggestions on that.  I'll go ahead and dredge up something soon if I 
can't get help from somewhere.

Jim Stephens

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