Using a IIgs and a FD HD drive to convert A2e images?

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Hey all.

I have yet another question. I just dug my IIgs out of the closet. I never used it because the monitor didn't work. I've asked in other posts earlier what the easiest method to take A2E images and convert them back to disk. Would a IIgs with a 3.5" FD HD unit be able to do the trick?

I'm guessing that I could hook up my 5.25" drive to the pass through on the FD HD and then somehow on the IIgs convert the images from the FD HD to the 5.25" floppy disk. I thought I remember reading that the FD HD 3.5" disk on a IIgs could read PC formatted disks.

Anyhow, if anyone can give me some info on this I'd appreciate it.

Thanks
John

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Re: Using a IIgs and a FD HD drive to convert A2e images?

Draugr wrote:

I'm guessing that I could hook up my 5.25" drive to the pass through on the FD HD and then somehow on the IIgs convert the images from the FD HD to the 5.25" floppy disk. I thought I remember reading that the FD HD 3.5" disk on a IIgs could read PC formatted disks.

An HDFD (superdrive) can only read/write PC formatted diskettes when used in conjunction with an Apple 3.5 Controller, ie the "superdrive" controller. If you're using the built-in smartport, the drive will only work as a standard 800K Apple 3.5 drive.

Check into this:

MSDOS.FST (10K, GS/OS File System Translator)
Optional file, do a 'custom install' from within
the GS/OS installer to install. Allows GS/OS apps
read-only access to MS-DOS formatted disks. For the
ability to write to MS-DOS disks, you will need
Peter Watson's (email: ) MSDOS
utilities (latest version is 2.30), which can
read/write MS-DOS formatted disks, both FAT
(pre-WIN95) and VFAT (WIN95) disks, including Zip
disks. It's not currently usable from within the
Finder or other programs, but you need a program
shell such as that included with The Byteworks'
Orca series, Procyon's GNO/ME, ProSEL-16's shell,
or the minimal shell included in the msdostools
package.
ftp://ground.isca.uiowa.edu/apple2/apple16/utils/MS
DOS.util/MSDOS.TOOLS.SHK

I don't know if Ground is still up, but other sites on the net might have MUG available - suggest you try googling "peter watson MUG apple II"