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SubjectRe: floppy programming
Actually... that sounds like zone bit recording. As I understand it, that
sort of thing is handled by the floppy controller and isn't under the
purview of the OS. Anyhoo, what really got me on this, is I understand
there will be some new floppy drives out soon that'll do this sort of
thing by default. It allows ~33MB of data on a 1.44MB floppy. (let's just
forget how often disks bo bad here)

Pretty cool if can do it w/o changing the hardware.

Josh

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On Sun, 18 Mar 2001, Leandro Bernsmuller wrote:

>
> Hi,
>
> some body know if exist or is possible to do one
> driver
> to makes floppy drive use some type of "balanced" bits
> distribution?
> The idea is simple: format a disk doing inner tracks
> with less bits than
> in external tracks.
> Maybe is better think in sectors and not bits
> banlancing?
>
> I want opinions about the idea, pleace.
>
> Where can I find information about floppy drivers
> programming, DMA setup,...?
>
> Thanks,
>
> Leandro
>
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