Transfer Files to Amiga like a pro with our PCMCIA FAT32 NTFS Guide

Since 1996. All of the world’s computers got USB as a standard. Then USB2, USB3 and now USB-C.  Amiga machines also got USB support, but you need to purchase addon for either clockport, Zorro or PCI expansion possibilities. But all of these expansion possibilities requires you to open your Amiga.

All of the classic Amiga home computers including both Amiga 600 and Amiga 1200 comes without any USB support as standard. But these two is the easiest Amiga’s to upgrade as Commodore decided to include a PCMCIA slot for both Amiga 600 and Amiga 1200!

Transfer Files to Amiga with PCMCIA

PCMCIA expansion slot doesn’t require you to open your Amiga

The PCMCIA expansion slot that Commodore made is only 16-bit. But it is compatible with several Ethernet LAN and WiFi Network Amiga compatible cards. Squirrel SCSI adapter is also known for A600 and A1200 users.

But this article is all about the ability to transfer files between MacOSX or Windows in a much easier way with AmigaOS.

For this Guide that I choose to make, Amitopia Amiga Magazine ordered a CompactFlash Memcard adapter for review. This one can take all sorts of CompactFlash cards, including the SD mem adapter.

The format was specified and the devices were first manufactured by SanDisk in 1994. CompactFlash became one of the most known memory card formats in the early days, surpassing Miniature Card and SmartMedia.

Canon and Nikon still uses CompactFlash for their digital cameras

Today both Canon and Nikon use CompactFlash for their flagship digital cameras. But the quality of CompactFlash card readers is falling and I can’t name how many times I have managed to bend the pins on the cheap CompactFlash card readers for USB.

The CompactFlash card reader for PCMCIA got much stronger pins though. But even so. I am glad to cover this CompactFlash Adapter that can accept SD and even MicroSD memcards used by several smartphones and tablets.

You can use the microSD adapter that usually comes with them. The CompactFlash Adapter fits perfectly into any CompactFlash memcard reader or you

Transfer Files to Amiga with PCMCIA

AmigaOS compatibility with FAT32 and NTFS filesystems

To get FAT32 and NTFS filesystem compatibility. You need to download the correct .lha packages from Aminet. Once you have downloaded them. Copy the filesystems to the L drawer that is located in the Workbench partition.

Amiga bug demands patches to be installed

Then you need to get CardReset and CardPatch from Aminet if you don’t own a hardware fix for it 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.

AmigaOS needs to understand that a CompactFlash card is inserted

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.

 

 

Source: Amitopia Own Experience

This article is not sponsored. It might seems so, but I write about Amiga products to help them. Especially new stores. If you have any comment regarding this article, send mail to: post@amitopia.com – I also want to add that I want all sorts of Amiga retailers to sell! Because they are all worthy!

 

 

 

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