Floppy Image Requirements

At WinWorld we prefer that software be contributed in full and in open formats. Most floppy disks should be stored in raw images of the file system unless they're not IBM compatible or have copy protection built in. For these types of disks you should use a tool that generates a raw bitstream such as a KyroFlux. Where raw file system images can be used, they can be created with the following instructions.

We also have requirements for CD & DVD Images.

Creating Floppy Images (Windows)

Download, install, and open a copy of WinImage

  • Click Disk -> Use Drive A: (or whatever drive letter is assigned to your floppy drive)
  • Click Disk -> Read Disk (this will put the contents of the disk into an image in memory)
  • Click File -> Save As and give a meaningful name ending in .IMG (please at least put a number of a multi-disk set here)

Creating Floppy Images (Linux/Unix)

  • Locate your floppy disk device in your /dev tree (for the first disk drive usually this is /dev/fd0 on Linux) and note this.
  • Use the following command to create the image on a command prompt. Replace /dev/fd0 with the proper floppy disk device noted above and /path/to/disk.img with the name of the disk image you wish to create.
dd if=/dev/fd0 of=/path/to/disk.img bs=512

These are not the only tools that can be used to create floppy disk images. We're open to images captured with other tools as long as they meet the following:

  • The resulting image is a raw dump image in the standard .img format. No compression, encryption is added.
  • The resulting image is not in a proprietary file format.
  • The resulting image is not an archive (ZIP, RAR, 7z, etc...) of files from the disk.