In the previous article of this two-part series, I revealed how to create floppy disk image file from Diskcopy.exe. I was trying to find tools similar to IsoBuster and Daemon Tools - which are used for CD Imaging and Virtualization - that dealt with floppy disk images. As I mentioned in that article, for us PC users, floppy disk and their corresponding tools are necessary since we still haven’t made the complete switch to CDs and USB/Firewire portable drives (unlike our lucky Mac counterparts:)).
Diskcopying from Image to Floppy Drive
After using Diskcopy to make exact image replicas of important floppy disks, what’s a guy supposed to do with them? I use them if I ever have to make physical copies of say startup disks, disk utilities, anti-virus utilities, and operating systems. Normally, if you always recreate the floppy disk using the built-in programs, take for example the Windows startup disk creation utility, it takes ages. But, if you have an image file saved on your computer, all you have to do is run Diskcopy and it will take seconds!
diskcopy filename.img a:
It’s simple as inputting the above text in the command line and replacing “filename” with the actual filename of the desired image file.
Virtual Floppy Drive
Like CDs, its a pain to keep floppy disks. So, I archive all of my important ones with the Diskcopy utility (see previous article). Whenever I need to access the data inside, I don’t need to write it on a floppy disk using the above method and then read it. I can just create a virtual floppy drive so that I can read and write to it just as it was a normal floppy disk! The same basic functionality in Daemon Tools is in Virtual Floppy Drive. The only difference is that you can write to the virtual floppy drive! VFD even supports most all floppy disk variations like 3 1/2, 5 1/4, 2.88 MB, 720 KB, etc!
Usage is simple. It doesn’t even require an installer (Some may consider that a good or bad thing. Personally, I despise installers.).
Just open the program and start the driver.
You have two virtual drive slots available. Assign the desired drive letter (commonly “B:”) to one of them.
Then open the *.img file.
Presto! You can read, write, drag, and drop to the virtual floppy drive!