From: Fred Cisin <cisin at xenosoft.com>
Sent: Wednesday, July 29, 2020 2:35 PM
BTW, A "1.2MB" drive is fully capable of
reading/writing the Otrona disks
WITH SUITABLE SOFTWARE on MOST machines.
Grumpy Ol' Fred cisin at xenosoft.com
I have legal copies of several format translation programs, including Media Master and
Convert, but they are 16-bit MS-DOS programs and will not run on my Windows 10 Pro
computer. I have Windows XP and MS-DOS 6.22 running in VMs under VirtualBox, but I cannot
get the VMs to recognize my 1.2 MB drive (a Mitsumi D509V3) as a 1.2 MB drive -- the VMs
seem to think it is a 3.5" 1.44MB drive, so the drive is not readable in the VM and
the translation programs run but don't work. Also, the BIOS does not have support for
any 5.25" floppy capacity other than 1.2MB. If I try to read 360KB floppies, I get a
failure message with the comment that the floppies are most likely unformatted.
It looks like I will have to break down and get a real 386 or 486 PC so I can use a real
360KB floppy drive and run MS-DOS directly.