[vcf-midatlantic] Vulcan HDD for GS hints

Joseph Oprysko joprysko1 at gmail.com
Wed Dec 23 23:19:59 EST 2015

After playing around with my new floppy drive emulator from BMOW, on my GS
which has the dying/dead Vulcan IDE drive, I've learned a few tricks and
found a few things I thought I'd share.

There are several places online to get the software for the Vulcan
controller, including a great deal of Apple II GS software on

When resizing partitions, you can only go left, right, up, or down, you
cannot enter a number. But to speed up the number, you can hold down the
CONTROL key while holding the arrow key.

And here is the most valuable piece of information I found. While the
partition manager seems to format for DOS 3.3, PRODOS, PASCAL, and C/PM,
there is the nice hidden option. When the FORMAT option is highlighted, if
you type AE, it will prompt you to do a low level format. And that helped
me fix the drive I was having so many issues with.

While it still has a couple bad sectors early in the drive, I will just
make 2 partitions, one blank one, covering the  bad section, and hopefully
not have issues afterwards. :-)

I'll let you know what happens. The floppy emu is a great device as it also
acts as Smartport devices/hard drives, Mac floppies, or Mac HD20 Hard drive
devices. :-)

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