[vcf-midatlantic] Amiga 1000 (or any model) that needs a kickstart disk

Ethan Dicks ethan.dicks at gmail.com
Fri Mar 12 23:55:12 UTC 2021

On Fri, Mar 12, 2021 at 4:50 PM Bill Degnan via vcf-midatlantic
<vcf-midatlantic at lists.vcfed.org> wrote:
> Thanks Ethan.  Is there a way to use an Amiga to make a kickstart disk,
> kind of like how a MS DOS machine can SYS.COM a diskette to move the system
> files to it and make it bootable i.e. format /s/v)?

There's no complex structure to a Kickstart disk like there is to a
bootable floppy, not even a "bootblock", let alone a filesystem.
IIRC, it's just a raw block dump with some sort of Kickstart signature
in the first block.  No code from the Kickstart disk is executed at
boot time.

I've always just copied existing, working Kickstart disks, but
apparently there's an Amiga tool WriteKickDisk that will take a ROM
file and write it to the correct sectors to make a fresh Kickstart


I have not tried this, but the instructions seem to be reasonable.


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