Priest of the Order of the Butterfly
Posts: 602 from 2010/10/27
I finally got back to my experiments in regards to setting up Amiga 68k hard drives under MorphOS. The reason being is that I use CF and SD cards as hard drives, and as most people know by now, the most common method for prepping these drives has been to use WinUAE which can go over well, or can be very difficult with read/write complications and what have you.
Regardless, it would be nice not to have to use Windows or UAE for that matter, but just putting the CF in your Amiga and using HDTool does not always do the trick, sometimes it will not even see the card till you've prepared things under WinUAE.
So what I did was hook up my CF card to a USB reader, plugged it into my Efika, used the MorphOS's Hard Drive Tool to delete all partitions, create new ones using PFS3, and of course to set the BOOT, Mount, and Max Transfer settings to how they should be.
Having done this, then formatted, I can take the drive back to my Amiga, boot up with the Work Bench 3.1 disk and load HDTools and see that the partitions are there, but are not showing up under Work Bench.
My guess here is that the SFS and PFS3 versions that MorphOS is using are not the 68k compatible ones but are instead suited for PPC machines?
What I did in an attempt to resolve this was create an Amiga boot disk, and install PFS020FS into the "L" folder, along with the PFS variation of HDTools, and the other required files.
I booted my Amiga with this disk, changed the File System over to the PFS3020DS on the disk, and renamed it to match the naming that MorphOS used.
All I had to do then was save the Hard Drive changes, reboot, and behold, I see partitions ready to be written to!!!
So my question: Is it possible to somehow skip the last step, bypass creating a custom PFS3 boot disk for WB3.1, and instead apply the PFS020DS file system to the hard drive within MorphOS instead?
That would come in so handy, but alas I can not use HDTool or the PFS3 variant in MorphOS because they will not detect the drives there. Does MorphOS have a native tool that can handle this? If so can we get one please?! I want to make a Youtube video for the Amiga community but would like things to be as simple as possible.
"I hope life isn't a big joke, because I don't get it." - Jack Handey
Registered MorphOS user, Amiga user, and Atari 8-bit user.