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Re: RE: VFAT.XFS versus MagiC
On Mon, 25 Aug 1997, Martin-Eric Racine wrote:
> yes and yes
> >3) you are afraid of VFAT32 and want to be compatible with it.
> Not affraid at all. I just wanna be able to read/write longnames
> in VFAT on floppies/ZiP drives formatted under Win95, without
> having to completely change my current hard-disk.
VFAT32 is for very large partitions only (very large is > 512 MB). So you
actually don't need the VFAT32 for floppies and ZIP drives.
> >If you want just the long filenames, an utility for reading&writting them
> >under TOS/MiNT can be written in a hour or so. It's very easy, believe it
> Actually, given VFAT is just additional data for the long
> filenames, I suppose it should be easy to implement (though
> I have no idea how to do it myself).
I could use the PARCP3 interface to make the VFAT reader/writer most
probably. Unfortunately I am quite busy these days. The first sign of
some free time I can see in October :-/
> >Remember, that without this driver the VFAT or VFAT32 support is useless.
> Nice of someone to finally explain the finer points! ;-)
I am glad you understood :-)
> >it. Writting XFS for diskettes it's really a wasting of time.
> Not if you constantly recieve VFAT floppies from customers.
> This is something EVERYONE who interracts with people on Win95
> needs, when data is exchanged on floppies.
As I don't know how to write complete .XFS I'll try to write the VFAT
copier only. Wait for the October, or ask someone else who have more free
> Hopefully, the trend of ZiP cartriges replacing floppies will
> finally give us a much better way, if ZiP becomes a standard
Yes, the much better way will be that only MagiC/BigDOS can read it. So
you'll be then lost completely. Remember the ZIP is 96 MB large so you
need the driver for >32 MB partitions?
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