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davorin's picture
Joined: 2016 Mar 10
A way to write installer disks for SE and SE/30?

EHLO (o;

Found a description how it is possible to write installer floppies under Windows with a software called "winimage"...though the software generates error messages with "sectors not writable" on new floppy disks...might be to do as the the floppy drive is an external USB version...

Is there another way to write installer images to a USB floppy drive under Windows/Linux?

The SE, SE/30 won't boot from external SCSI CD-ROM...


24bit's picture
Joined: 2010 Nov 19

All the writing below refers to 1.4MB HD floppies, 800k Mac floppies can not be written without a real Mac afaik.
Your SE/30 should have a HD floppy from factory however and can write 800k for the SE.

On *nix systems, dd is working fine.
I wrote a little how to some time ago:

There also is HFV Explorer
Cat_7 over at Emaculation packaged it with BasiliskII.

Being an emulation guy, I prefer to write floppies with BII Build 142 for Windows. Wink
The famous build 142 does also mount Mac SCSI devices, given your Windos box has a SCSI HBA and ASPI is installed.

If you get stuck and time is not an issue, I might write some HD floppies for you.

MikeTomTom's picture
Joined: 2009 Dec 7

+1 to what 24bit says.

WRT Basilisk II build 142 & SCSI drives; Your PC would also require a SCSI card installed. Basilisk II build 142 is however, excellent at read/writing & formatting Mac floppy media - 1.4MB only (a hardware limitation, not a build 142 limitation).

Created by the author of BII build 142, is HFVExplorer 1.3.1 - The E-Maculation forum has a direct DL for this too, unbundled. HFVExplorer runs from Windows and it can read/write and format Mac floppies (with the same 1.4MB limitation).

If you don't mind a command-line, Rawrite2 works really well at writing Mac image files to floppy disk (the hardware limitation of 1.4MB floppy media only applies) DL: The CL Syntax assuming C:\ drive for image when writing to A: for floppy drive, with Rawrite2:

C:\>rawrite2 c:\image-name.img a:

Again for the command-line is dd for Windows, it works the same as Linux version (its a Cygwin port of dd). This can be grabbed from here (Mediafire). - 24bit's instructions for dd would also apply.

sfp1954's picture
Joined: 2013 Dec 29

Probably easier if you just specify which OS you want and which format (800 or 1.4).
I'd send it to you. I have tons of 1.4MB floppies. Can probably find some 800s as well.