On Behalf Of Zane H. Healy
Sent: Tuesday, May 30, 2006 6:10 PM
At the same time, I'm looking into a setup such that the
general public can
go into the "Historical Resource Center" and transfer their
old media to
modern media. I invision this including 5 1/4" floppies, and 3 1/2"
floppies at a minimum. (I figure at least Commodore, Apple
and PC). While
this can be done with a combination of old and new systems,
it might be better
to do it with a modern PC and a Catweasel card.
I am currently working on just such
a beast. I have had it running using 3.5, 5.25, and 8" media, 3 floppy controllers
and 2 catweasels. Base unit was a Pentium 233MMX SBC and a 14 slot PICMG backplane running
Debian Linux and DOS 6.22.
Now, I'm trying to clean it up, upgrade the CPU and streamline the process. I have
over a thousand 8" disks here from all kinds of systems that I'd like to
inventory and make the contents available where possible.
I'm even trying to parse the file systems so the user can extract files from certain
formats. I'm starting with the Tandy/TRS-80 Model II line file systems (and there were
a few) such as TRSDOSII, Xenix (file system and tar), TRSDOS16, LS-DOS and several CP/M
Like it or not, I'm using ImageDisk as the standard to store and access file content.
It is much easier to parse than some of the other disk formats out there, and is quite