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Floppy Emulation from USB stick partitions

The HxC firmware for Gotek is able to emulate floppy disks directly from the USB Stick FAT12 partitions. This means that you can easily exchange files without the need of any floppy image with machines supporting the common DOS/FAT file system.

Windows/Linux/macOS operating systems are able to mount automatically the floppy disks partitions from the stick and let you access to the floppy disk files.

Multi partitions USB stick

All floppy disk partitions size is supported : 720KB (DD), 1.2MB (HD),1.44MB (HD) and even non standard sized disks (2.5MB and more…)

How to prepare the USB stick ?

You need to prepare the USB stick to use this mode. Some USB stick files are available in the Image_Less_Mode folder in the firmware archive. You can write them with rufus or any similar tool.

The firmware is supporting 4 different partition types / usb stick "format" :

  • GPT partitioned USB stick. This format allows you to have up to 128 floppy disks/partitions on the USB Stick.This is supported by all current operating systems (Windows 10 and recent versions of macOs and Linux). Pre-partitioned USB stick GPT images are available in the Image_Less_Mode folder.

  • MBR partitioned USB stick. This format allows you to have up to 4 floppy disks/partitions on the USB Stick. This is only recommended if you are working with old operating systems. (Windows XP…). Pre-partitioned USB stick MBR images are available in the Image_Less_Mode folder.

  • "No partition" USB stick. This format allows you to have 1 floppy disk per USB Stick. This is supported by all operating systems. You can write any DOS compatible floppy image with rufus or dd or any similar tool.

  • Original Gotek firmware "Batch Manage Tool" formatted stick. The HxC firmware is now compatible with the original Gotek firmware tool "Batch Manage Tool". So you can now use this tool to prepare and access the USB stick partitions.

Note
The firmware recognizes automatically how the USB stick is prepared. No particular action is needed on the emulator.

USB stick files list

The files to unzip and to Flash to the USB stick with an .img writer (see the tools list) are in the Image_Less_Mode folder in the firmware archive.

Table 1. Table USB disk prepartionned images

File

Description

gpt_usb_stick_16_4_5M.zip

16 Special (255 tracks) HD 300RPM 4.5MB disks.

gpt_usb_stick_16_2_5M.zip

16 Special (255 tracks) DD 300RPM 2.5MB disks

gpt_usb_stick_16_1_6M.zip

16 Special HD 300RPM 1.6MB disks

gpt_usb_stick_16_1_44M.zip

16 Standard HD 300RPM 1.44MB disks

gpt_usb_stick_16_1_2M.zip

16 Standard HD 360RPM 1.2MB disks

gpt_usb_stick_16_800K.zip

16 Standard DD 300RPM 800KB disks

gpt_usb_stick_16_720K.zip

16 Standard DD 300RPM 720KB disks

gpt_usb_stick_16_360K.zip

16 Standard DD 300RPM 360KB disks

gpt_usb_stick_16_320K.zip

16 Standard DD 300RPM 320KB disks (single sided)

mbr_usb_stick_4_4_5M.zip

4 Special (255 tracks) HD 300RPM 4.5MB disks

mbr_usb_stick_4_2_5M.zip

4 Special (255 tracks) DD 300RPM 2.5MB disks

mbr_usb_stick_4_1_6M.zip

4 Special HD 300RPM 1.6MB disks

mbr_usb_stick_4_1_44M.zip

4 Standard HD 300RPM 1.44MB disks

mbr_usb_stick_4_1_2M.zip

4 Standard HD 360RPM 1.2MB disks

mbr_usb_stick_4_800K.zip

4 Standard DD 300RPM 800KB disks

mbr_usb_stick_4_720K.zip

4 Standard DD 300RPM 720KB disks

mbr_usb_stick_4_360K.zip

4 Standard DD 300RPM 360KB disks

mbr_usb_stick_4_320K.zip

4 Standard DD 300RPM 320KB disks (single sided)


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