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Moving CD Data Onto SD Card

2019-07-15 (Last Update: Mon, 15 Jul 2019) Garth Hjelte 0 General


Once you get your SCSI2SD board, one of the first things you'll want to do is get the sounds that are on your proprietary CD's onto your SD card to use in SCSI2SD. There are two ways to do this: one is File-By-File, or by writing an entire Image onto an ID.

If you are dealing with a computer-compatible format such as S5000 or Emu EOS 4.7, this is easy. Simply copy the files off your CD onto your computer, then simply write them onto your SD card - which your computer recognizes.

But if they are proprietary CD's, this is a little more time-consuming. Often you might want to use the Image To CD technique, but sometimes CD's hold quite a bit less than the standard 650mb CD size.

In that case, you can leverage the power of Chicken System's Translator program. Often the Free version of Translator performs this function too. Get it running, and drag what you want to move from the right-hand side (called the Object List) and drop it where you want it to go on the left (called the Container Pane).

Image To CD
If you know you want access to an entire CD, and you know it's pretty full, you can just slap it on the ID. Again Chicken Systems Translator comes to the rescue here, offering you an extremely way of doing this. There is much information on the Internet that has fairly convoluted ways of doing this (using Terminal or CMD using the "dd" program, etc.) Ignore those - use this method, it's MUCH easier. Here's a step-by-step:

  • Create an image of your CD's - use the Create Virtual Drive function in Translator for this, or (in case of Mac) use Disk Utility. We recommend using Translator though, it is more consistent reading less-than-perfect CD's and writes them in a standard way.
  • Right-click in the Container Panel the ID you want to write the Image (Translator calls them Virtual Drives), and choose the Image you want to write. It'll write it completely onto that ID - it's that easy!

IMPORTANT: Although there is something you should realize, but often it's not a major issue. Every proprietary CD was authored using a SCSI hard drive, and formatted for that particular size. Often developers would use a 650mb hard drive, that way the formatted size would match the actual capacity of the CD. But sometimes it was less, or even more.

So in the same way, when you "slap" the image on an ID, there is no relationship between the formatted size of the image and the size of the ID. For example, your Akai image may be only 512mb (actually they can't be any larger than that) and your ID may be 750mb. That means you are wasting 250mb of space, but often that doesn't matter - your SCSI2SD has tons of capacity anyway.

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