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Re: No Sectors left of 120GB Drive

From: "Wouter Lamée" <wlamee xs4all nl>
Gene Heskett <gene.heskett <at> verizon.net> writes:
On Thursday 05 October 2006 21:18, jdow wrote:
>From: "Tim" <ignored_mailbox <at> yahoo.com.au>
>> Speaking of Amigas, have you got Fedora to read any Amiga FFS hard
>> drives, or even Zip discs?  I've got a hankering to transfer some old
>> data onto Fedora, and I'd rather not have to try getting Samba working
>> with Miami over a serial port link.  Ugh, torture!
>Of course, there is even an Amiga SFS driver available if you look
>for it. It reads both my 18 G main hard disk with "odd" formatting
>and the 2k per block Fujitsu Magneto Optical disks I have. (My odd
>formatting embeds the "RDBs" (Amiga's partition blocks) within the
>first partition within reserved space just to prove it could be
>done and make sure regarding how to make it safe.

I also played with that reserved area somewhat back in the mists of time.

I have, in the unbootable amiga yet, an amiga drive that was partitioned
all for an earlier version of SFS (Before it went underground and
eventually turned up commercially), and which I believe contains all of
the ezcron and ezhome stuff Jim and I ever wrote.  Where might I find this
bit of magic for linux?

The idea is that if we ever could recover the real srcs, we'ed publish it
under the GPL since any chance of deriving any income is long gone.

Sorry to butt in here, I dropped by looking for Amiga FFS (or Amiga SFS, which
will also do) partition mounting in FC5.

FWIW, I've got FC5 installed on my Peg2, and there is an ext2/ext3 FileSystem
for AmigaOS/ MorphOS someone wrote. Doesn't do everything yet, but it gives
warnings when it can not do something. I've got it working one way now: On
MorphOS I can read/write on my FC5 ext3 partition.

If I can get FC5 to read my FFS partition, that would be fine. Maybe I'll try
the SFS thing first. Anybody know where to find these?

The last I tried a stock kernel it read AFFS right out of the box as
long as the disk was not dual formatted. If it's dual formatted the
fdisk partitioning will be found first and nothing subsequently finds
the ffs partitioning to mount it. I built in the capability for the
two formattings to live together on the disk when I did the old RDPrepX
utility and maintained it into the 3.5 et subs hdwrench.library. I did
not "recommend" doing that, generally for the reasons you may be
experiencing. You will have to "read" the Amiga partitioning information
yourself, probably starting at block three, decode it, and mount the
affs partition manually. I believe affs includes the capability to
specify the partitioning information in the mount command. You might
check on that with "man mount".

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