I recently got my first Amstrad CPC and started refurbishing it. Now I wonder, I saw a video, on someone using the RPM test tool for the Amstrad. I found the download online, but this question might sound silly.... how do I get in todays infrastructure a *.dsk program on a 3" disk, when the disk drive itself is currently being refurbished. I am quite new to this, so I seek some advice from you here :)
The easiest (and my recommended) way:
Get an M4 board. This expansion allows to push .dsk images to an SD card connected to your CPC via a simple Web browser and Wi-Fi interface. From there, you could easily transfer the contents of the disk to a real 3" disk (if you still want that)
Other ways are
- Disk transfer - This obviously needs a 3" floppy drive connected to your PC (not so easy, because you first need to have a PC that still has a "real" floppy controller, then you need to hardware-adapt the non-standard 3" drive to that controller).
- Tape transfer - If you only want to run one specific program on your CPC, you should obtain that program as a .TZX or .CDT tape image, this can then be converted to a .wav sound file, which can then be transfered to the CPC using its tape input sockets with a .wav-player on the PC.
- Serial port transfer - If you have a serial interface for your CPC, you could also use that - The simplest way in your case would then probably be using the CP/M system disk that came with your CPC, boot into CP/M and use PIP to transfer files.
. how do I get in todays infrastructure a *.dsk program on a 3" disk, when the disk drive itself is currently being refurbished.
I sense a basic plot hole: Even if you would get it on a disk (*1), how to start it from that disk if the drive is not operational?
Puting that aside, a proper way would be loading (only) the program needed via cassette port, like using dsk2cdt2disc and a sound interface (or recording it on a casette), a parallel interface, or going ahead and getting yourself some MMC/SD-Card interface, which can emulate a drive with files from an SD-CARD written on a PC.
*1 - Like by attaching another drive to some (older) PC and use some disk transfer program.
I have a "Gotek USB floppy emulator" in my CPC6128 (with ParaDOS and the 3.5" FDD interface mod). It has the same connector as the floppy drive and the USB connector for the USB Flash Drive. You just copy the .dsk file to this USB Flash (under the specific name, see the manual), plug it into the Gotek, and voila, it works like the floppy drive! So I believe it could work as an "external floppy drive" together with the original 3" FDD, so you can use both drives and transfer software between them.
(Disclaimer: I did not try it!)