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First post, by SuperSirLink

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I just acquired an internal Gotek floppy emulator and thinking about using it with the FlashFloppy firmware and perform the OLED mod. But I would like to be able to leverage both floppy image and copy individual files as if I am coping to a floppy disk. Looking at the Phils video on his YouTube channel, the software he leverages allows this. https://www.philscomputerlab.com/gotek-floppy-emulator.html

Would you loose the ability to use that software with the FlashFloppy firmware?

I also like the idea of adding a speaker and an eject/insert button, are these supported on the factory firmware?

Reply 1 of 6, by synrgy87

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SuperSirLink wrote on 2020-06-03, 21:19:

I just acquired an internal Gotek floppy emulator and thinking about using it with the FlashFloppy firmware and perform the OLED mod. But I would like to be able to leverage both floppy image and copy individual files as if I am coping to a floppy disk. Looking at the Phils video on his YouTube channel, the software he leverages allows this. https://www.philscomputerlab.com/gotek-floppy-emulator.html

Would you loose the ability to use that software with the FlashFloppy firmware?

I also like the idea of adding a speaker and an eject/insert button, are these supported on the factory firmware?

eject button is purely mechanical for the most part on floppy drives I don't think there would be a way to emulate that other than selecting a blank slot with the gotek, to write files like a real floppy you'd need a blank floppy disk image, not tried that myself as i only use mine for loading amiga games.

Reply 2 of 6, by appiah4

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FlashFloppy firmware is compatible with HxC's Windows/DOS selector software which is superior in every way to the factory stuff. There is absolutely no reason to not flash to FlashFloppy.

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Reply 3 of 6, by ShovelKnight

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The stock Gotek firmware is absolute trash, I wonder who came up with the idea of using one giant file to store disk images.

My Gotek is flashed with FlashFloppy. I'm not using the HxC mode or selector software, if I need to copy a few files I just create an empty disk image and use mtools to copy files to the image. Sorry, no idea how to do this in Windows.

Reply 4 of 6, by Jo22

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In Windows, WinImage can be used to drag&drop files from and into image files..
On macOS, no additional software is required. Just double click on an image file and it will become a drive symbol on the desktop.

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Reply 5 of 6, by PTherapist

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The FlashFloppy firmware makes the Gotek actually useful and is so easy to do via USB, no soldering required - I just cut up a paperclip to temporarily bridge the required headers.

If you use the HXC selector software, then you don't absolutely need to do the OLED mod as you'll be navigating disk images with it's menu instead and only using the LED display to select the defined slot numbers. Generally however, the OLED mod makes it so much easier to navigate the contents on your USB stick and is cheap & easy to do. Myself personally I don't use any of the HXC stuff, I did the OLED mod and navigate disk images on the Gotek itself.

Reply 6 of 6, by SuperSirLink

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HXC mode is what allows me to read/write to the drive like a normal floppy? Sorry been reading up and watching YouTube videos, but that is not something I seen much on. I plan on doing the OLED, speaker, and eject button mod. I also like the idea of FlashFloppy's ability to start ejected and adding the speaker for effect. But I also would like to have the ability to write an img back to one of the floppy slots. But I also want to be able to toggle to a slot and simply copy a file from another source (hard drive, cd-rom, another floppy drive) to the emulated floppy.

Maybe I am misunderstanding a basic concept, it was my understanding that data was stored in img (100 or 1000 img files designated to a slot) on the USB drive regardless. Host software would allow you to open one of these image files and copy data to that slot. But on the system where the Gotek is installed, from say DOS, I would choose a slot then I can do a DIR of that floppy disk. So I guess what I am asking is if I use flash floppy, can I predefine say 100 floppy disks and have the name of the img files on the USB correspond to the volume label of the floppy disk. That way as I rotate through the slots I still see the filename/label of the diskette I want to choose, then hit the eject/insert button. Is this HXC mode?

So in Native mode then, I can only select through img files that I put on the USB drive, there are no predefined empty slots. Could I simply create a bunch of empty img files and put them on the USB drive, then read/write to one in the host computer from say DOS?

I have been using RawWrite to backup disks to img files and write them back again. I plan on putting it in a system that has a 3.5" floppy drive and make the Gotek drive B. Thinking this would allow me to write back an image file like I have been with a normal floppy, toggle to another slot and copy an individual file if needed to "another floppy"...