[vcf-midatlantic] Applesauce - The protected disk imaging solution
Henry S. Courbis
info at reactivemicro.com
Fri Jun 8 15:31:44 EDT 2018
>Looking at the wiki I didn't immediately notice, can it also write disk
images back out to floppy?
It's not really in the current scope of the project, but yes it will be
possible to write back a lot of the protections.
The platform is open source so others could write software more dedicated
to this. The main idea however is floppies are dead and probably won't
make a come back unless someone has some deep pockets and plans to have new
disks made. Hardware emulators will take over and we will have at least
have the original preserved. Floppies probably won't go away in the next
10 years, but more and more are failing and in increasing numbers. None
are exempt from this issue.
The only issue I can see with writing out images back to medium would be
some companies used drives with several heads, like 20 of them. You can
see the evidence of this fingerprint with some of the images. None of
these units are known to exist in the wild. So these images may not be
able to be written back, or if they are they may not be usable. It's
unknown currently. However I'm sure someone will see this as a challenge
and find a way. Doesn't exclude the dying floppy issue however.
John and I are also working on a new hardware floppy emulator project which
supports .WOZ files directly since none of the other projects seem to be
able. More news to come on that also.
Henry S. Courbis
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On Thu, Jun 7, 2018 at 12:36 PM, Ethan O'Toole <telmnstr at 757.org> wrote:
> It's official - Applesauce is now being offered for sale.
> Looking at the wiki I didn't immediately notice, can it also write disk
> images back out to floppy?
> - Ethan
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