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Getting Into SCSI2SD From Floppies
2019-07-15 (Last Update: Tue, 16 Jul 2019) Garth Hjelte 0 General
We've encountered lots of clients who had great experiences 20 years ago with their sampler, have lots of floppy disks, and back then put their SCSI sampler away. Now they want to dig it out and they see SCSI2SD and want to know how to get their floppy data into a faster, newer system. Well, here's the way into SCSI2SD from floppies - there's a couple hoops to jump through, but it isn't difficult.
The Easiest Way - Give Up And Send Them Out
Before we explain "the hoops to jump through", we'll just offer a way out at the very beginning. Chicken Systems offers a service where they'll take all your floppies and put them on a SD card for you, Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 320-235-9798 for a quote - it's not expensive, it starts out at $40 for about up to 25 floppies. Just ship the floppies over and they'll send you a SD card back. Other options to speak with them about is including this with the purchase of a SCSI2SD unit itself, and also remember they can dispose of the floppies too at no cost.
Back To DIY - Step One: Imaging Your Floppies
The first step is to image your floppies; that is, make image files for each floppy, for use in your computer. This can ONLY BE DONE with a PC (and WIndows-type computer) with an internal floppy drive. USB floppy drives on ANY system will NOT work. (The exception is Roland floppies, you can use Translator on Mac/Win or Disk Utility on Mac to make images of those.)
Next restriction is that you have to use a 32-bit operating system; we recommend WIndows XP. The reason is we will be using a program/driver called OmniFlop to do the imaging, and that has shown to be reliable on in 32-bit versions.
WORKAROUND: If you have a 64-bit OS such as Vista or WIn7,8, or 10, and your computer has a internal floppy drive, you can use Chicken System's Win98 Boot Disk. This essentially boots the computer into DOS 7.0 (what Win98 uses to start up) and establishes a RAM Disk where you can run a variety of sampler-specific imaging programs.
Back to REAL imaging: Actually, OmniFlop is a replacement floppy driver that allows any program programmed as such to access proprietary floppies such as our samplers use. It also contains a Wizard - it's own program that uses the OmniFlop driver to detect, read, and write floppies. Install OmniFlop and start imaging your floppies.
Step Two: Write Your Data Onto SD Card
This is where Chicken Systems Translator really shines for you. Put all your images into the Images folder within your Translator installation. (Click here for more information.)
Then, with your formatted SCSI2SD -equipped SD card in your card reader, start up Translator and all your images (Translator calls them Virtual Drives) show up on the left under Virtual Drives, under each format they are, and your SD card ID's should show under Proprietary Drives on the left. Then, drag the contents of the Virtual Drive's from the RIGHT and drop them on the LEFT, onto the SD card's ID and directory you want them to go in.
Translator does this in bulk, so you can drop Akai Volumes or Ensoniq drives/directories and it'll write the entire contents to the SD card. And even better, with Ensoniq, Translator adjusts the Bank files to work with the new SD card.
That should do it, but we admit that our explanations are easier said than done. If this looks too wild, or complicated, or if you have to get new equipment, consider just shipping the floppies out to Chicken Systems. They'll take care of you.
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