Once we launched our PCMCIA FAT32 NTFS guide. We got more than one questions regarding the FAT32 and NTFS part. So, I decided to extend that part in this guide for our lovely readers as these filesystems is something that many uses on their PCs and Macs.
Let’s introduce you to the world of Amiga first. The filesystems that is known for Amiga users is FFS which stands for Fast File System, PFS3 which stands for Professional File System and SFS which stands for Smart File System. Other operating systems in the world doesn’t use them or they got very little support.
But the true fact is that any classic Amiga with FFS, PFS3 or SFS installed can read almost any FAT32 and NTFS partitions on any memcards that AmigaOS is able to read if they are installed.
If we extend this list to the nextgen AmigaOS compatible MorphOS. Then you might find this list here interesting where HFS, HFS+, EXT2, EXT3, EXT4, XPS, IceFS or even FS1541 for reading CB 1541 disks and images is supported. Amitopia Amiga Magazine recommends any Amiga user to have a MorphOS machine as a backup system.
Get AmigaOS to Love FAT32 and NTFS filesystems
None of these filesystems comes with AmigaOS as standard. Even SFS and PFS3 must be downloaded later. FFS which stands for Fast File System is the filesystem that comes with AmigaOS 3.x. In the latest AmigaOS 3.1.4 release by Hyperion this classic AmigaOS finally got support for larger partitions than 4GB.
Once you have downloaded the files in the links above. Copy the filesystems to the L drawer that is located in the Workbench partition. AmigaOS will detect them once you have restarted your system.
Classic AmigaOS support of FAT32 and NTFS external storage Support Guide
Once the filesystems is installed and everything works. AmigaOS then supports FAT32 and NTFS partitions on:
USB pens and SD mem readers connected to USB ports such as PCI USB cards and Clockport expansions
PCMCIA ethernet cards with correct drivers installed for reading the memcards
Zorro 2 SD Drive expansion for Amiga 2000, Amiga 3000 and Amiga 4000
Also when you use a PowerPC Mac with MorphOS installed. This AmigaOS compatible operating system can read both PowerPC and 68k File Systems. So you get USB support on your Macs. AmigaOS 4.x also got USB support but without any AmigaOS 4.x to test with I won’t mention what it can or not.
AmigaOS on PCMCIA Amiga’s Needs to understand that a CompactFlash card is inserted
A nice thing to know is that IF you have a PCMCIA Amiga. Then you also need to get a driver for reading CompactFlash cards for using the PCMCIA slot here. Once this one is installed. You are ready to use both FAT32 and NTFS SD, MicroSD and CompactFlash cards. Remember that you need to Reboot your Amiga or maybe even turn the Amiga off and on if you have issue.
Once everything is installed correctly. AmigaOS will show the partition (partitions) on the desktop, which is pretty nice! Now you can transfer files between MacOS and AmigaOS etc much faster!
Also a nice thing to know is that it is Possible to add a external Amiga hard drive this way.
Amiga bug demands patches to be installed on Amiga 1200
Amiga 600 doesn’t have the same issues as Amiga 1200. But if you do have issues with AmigaOS locks up. Then you need to get CardReset and CardPatch from Aminet if you don’t own a hardware fix for Amiga 1200 like KA21 from RastPort that you can read about here.
KA 21 is hardware solution for Gayle PCMCIA reset bug. The Gayle chip in Amiga 1200 does not reset PCMCIA card during system reset event (for example keyboard reset). Then some cards are not working after such event until the Amiga is power cycled. KA 21 generates forced CC_RESET high pulse from system reset signal. The device is installed directly on the Gayle chip.
Amitopia Amiga Magazine gave this KA21 product a nice score in our Review of KA21 here. With this installed, you don’t need CardReset patch from Aminet anymore as it fixes this for you. But CardPatch is still nice to have installed.
Once AmigaOS sees the external memcard, mempen or Hard Drive. The drive pops up on the desktop screen of AmigaOS. Now you can use it to transfer files to other operating systems. Very handy and also quite important to have.
Source: Amitopia Own Experience
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