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Reading Floppy Disks

Embird supports standard and non-standard floppy disk formats.

Standard floppy disks are disks with designs stored in standard MS-DOS format. These disks are recognized and can be accessed in Windows Explorer, common file manager or any other application supporting floppy disks. In Embird you can access standard floppy disk by choosing the disk drive (typically "A:") in "Drive:" box in Right Panel of Manager window.

Non-standard floppy disks are disks with designs stored in special format. These disks are not recognized and cannot be accessed in Windows Explorer or in common file manager - these applications report "Disk is not formatted" error when you attempt to read floppy disk contents. In Embird you can access non-standard floppy disks via Left Panel menu of Manager window. However, the non-standard floppy disk formats require low-level access and therefore the non-standard floppy disks are supported only when running Embird in Windows 98 or Windows ME. Embird does not support non-standard floppy disks when running in Windows NT, 2000 or XP.

Reading Standard Floppy Disks (MS-DOS Format)

1 - Run Embird, it will start in "Manager" mode.

2 - Insert the floppy disk into the disk drive.

3 - Choose floppy disk drive in the right panel in "Drive:" box (Picture No. 1).

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Embird Tutorial - Reading Floppy Disks

4 - In the "Files:" box at the right side of the screen select the design which you want to read from the floppy disk. To select a design, please move the mouse pointer to its file name and click the left mouse button (Picture No.2).

Note: You can select multiple files and read them all from the floppy disk at once. Please move mouse pointer to the file name of the first design in the "Files:" box at the right side of the screen, depress the left mouse button and hold it down while moving the mouse pointer over the file names of the other designs. When the mouse pointer is over the last design, please release the left mouse button.

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Embird Tutorial - Reading Floppy Disks

5 - Move mouse pointer to the "Files:" box in right panel and click right mouse button for popup menu. Choose "Copy Files to Clipboard" command to copy selected designs to the clipboard. You will find this command also in "Right Panel" menu (Picture No. 3).

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Embird Tutorial - Reading Floppy Disks

6 - Select hard disk drive in "Drive:" box in right panel (Picture No. 4). You can also choose the destination folder in "Folder:" box, into which the selected files from the floppy disk will be copied.

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Embird Tutorial - Reading Floppy Disks

7 - Move mouse pointer to the "Files" box in right panel and click right mouse button for popup menu. Choose "Paste Designs from Clipboard" command to copy the files from floppy disk to hard disk. You will find this command also in "Right Panel" menu (Picture No. 5).

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Embird Tutorial - Reading Floppy Disks

8 - Embird will paste the files to the chosen drive and folder - in this example, the files will be written to the "C:\EMBIRD32\FILES" folder.

Writing Non-Standard Floppy Disks (e.g. Barudan, ZSK)

1 - Run Embird, it will start in "Manager" mode.

2 - Insert the floppy disk into the disk drive.

3 - Click "List A:" button and wait until Embird recognizes the floppy disk format (Picture No. 6).

Tip: The list of supported non-standard disk formats appears after a short while after moving the mouse pointer to he "List A:" button.

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Embird Tutorial - Reading Floppy Disks

4 - You can see files stored on the floppy disk in the left panel in "Files:" box. Select files which you want to copy to the hard disk (Picture No. 7). To select the files, depress left mouse button and drag mouse over the filenames.

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Embird Tutorial - Reading Floppy Disks

5 - Move mouse pointer to the "Files" box in left panel and click right mouse button for popup menu. Choose "Copy Files to Hard Disk" command. You will find this command also in "Left Panel" menu (Picture No. 8).

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Embird Tutorial - Reading Floppy Disks

6 - Choose the target format and hit "OK" button to continue (Picture No. 9).

7 - Embird will read the files from the floppy disk, convert them 'on-the-fly' to chosen format and finally save them to hard disk to the actually chosen "Drive:" and "Folder:" in the right panel. Wait until this process is finished.

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Embird Tutorial - Reading Floppy Disks

8 - Once the reading process is finished, a dialog box will appear on the screen, showing the result of the operation. You will see the files saved on the hard disk in the right panel in "Files:" box (Picture No. 10).

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Embird Tutorial - Reading Floppy Disks

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