Chapter 6. The disk panel

On the right, with the diskette icon you can access the disc panel (or alternatively pressing ALT + 8 on Windows or Linux, or CMD + 8 in MacOs).

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The disk panel is only found on machines that support floppy disks that are:

  • ZX Spectrum + 3 (All variants)
  • Amstrad CPC 664
  • Amstrad CPC 6128

Using the disks

When accessing the disk panel we will see the two available disk drives.

By default the B Unit is off.

Insert a disk

To insert a disc in any of the units we must first press the Eject button. With that button the control menu of the floppy drive will open, then we must press the button Insert, RVM will allow us to choose a disc file of the compatible formats.

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Retro Virtual Machine v2 supports discs in the following formats:

  • DSK
  • Extended-DSK
  • HFE

Once inserted, we will see it in the unit with the name of the file in the label

Extract a disk

To remove a disk from the floppy disk drive, press the eject button on the drive and then, in the menu, click on the eject button.

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Write protection

In RVMv2 for security the disks are always inserted write-protected. To disable the protection and to write to the disk we must change the "write protection" switch that we will find in the menu that appears when pressing the eject button.

Using the second disk unit

To use the second drive (the one at the top) we must first turn it on with the on / off button

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If we are using a ZX Spectrum +3 we will have to restart the machine to allow PLUS3DOS to detects it correctly

Creating new disks

Using the new button in the floppy disk control menu that appears by clicking on the eject button, we can create new disks for our own uses.

Once we press the button new RVM will ask us the format in which we want to create the new disk.

RVMv2 Supports creating discs in the following formats:

  • Extended DSK
  • HFE

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Once we have chosen the format we will be asked about the size of the disc, we can create discs of:

  • 80 tracks, 2 faces
  • 40 tracks, 1 face

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Once the disk size has been chosen, it will ask us in what format the disk should be formatted by default.

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The options are the following:

  • CPC-DATA: Standard data format of the Amstrad CPC, the disks formatted in this format work both in the CPC and in the +3, 178K available.
  • CPC-System: System format of the Amstrad CPC, the disks formatted in this format work both in the CPC and in the +3, 169K available.
  • CPC-IBM: IBM Format of the Amstrad CPC, the disks formatted in this format work only in the CPC, 154K available.
  • +3DOS-CF2: Standard format of the ZX Spectrum +3, discs formatted in this format work only in the +3, 173K available.
  • +3DOS-XCF2: Extended format of the ZX Spectrum +3, the discs formatted in this format work only in the +3, 192K available.

The following formats are only available if an 80 track disk is created

  • CPC-PARADOS 80: Parados format for the cpc, use 80 tracks but only one side. These discs only work by default in the CPC and if it has the Parados Rom (it would be necessary to use a rombox like the xmem). 396K available.
  • CPC-Romdos D1: Format of 80 tracks, and double side for the cpc. These discs only work by default in the CPC and if it has the Parados Rom (it would be necessary to use a rombox like the xmem). 716K available.
  • CPC-Romdos D2: Format of 80 tracks, and double side for the cpc. These discs only work by default in the CPC and if it has the Parados Rom (it would be necessary to use a rombox like the xmem). 712K available.
  • +3DOS CF2DD: Format of 80 tracks, and double side standard for the +3, this format only works by default in the +3. 706K available.
  • +3DOS XCF2DD: Format of 80 tracks, and double side extended for the +3, this format only works by default in the +3. 784K available.

Finally if we choose Unformated the disk will be created without format and it would be necessary to format it in the machine.

Once the format is selected, we will be asked where we want to create the file of the disk.

The disk is automatically inserted into the drive and unprotected agains writing

The file explorer

Clicking on the explore button will open the file browser.

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The RVMv2 file explorer will try to read the CPM format of the disk and if it is interpreted correctly we will see the list of files that the disk contains

The context menu

Clicking with the right mouse button on any file will make appear a menu from which we can rename or delete files.

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Operations on several files

By clicking on the select button, check boxes will appear next to each file, with which we can select several files at once.

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If we click on the ALL button we will select all the files

With the Remove button we can delete all the selected files

With the Extract... button we will be able to extract a copy of the files to the hard disk of our computer, when pressing it, RVM will ask us where to save the files

Using the Copy button, we can copy the files to another disk (for example, to unit B) when the button is pressed, the Paste button will appear. We should go to the list of files of the other disk and press the button to copy the files.

With the button Cancel we return to the normal mode of the file browser.

Add files to disk

We can add new files to the disk, simply by dragging them to the browser window. Once dragged, the copy of the files will begin automatically.