|★ EMULATION ★ UTILITAIRES ★ CPDREAD ★|
CPDRead was created to provide an easy method of transferring data from the CPC to the PC. To this end, CPDRead allows you to read any kind of data from either 3", 3.5" or 5.25" floppy disks and convert it into a DSK image. CPDRead v3.xx generates images in the extended DSK format. This format provides greater flexibility with CPC disks that use varying sector sizes.
CPDRead attempts to create an accurate representation of the original disk and retains any copy protection that might be present. Should you encounter a disk that CPDRead cannot transfer, please send me an e-mail describing your problems.
There are two possible ways of reading CPC disks: either you hook up a 3" drive to the PC (please see the comp.sys.amstrad.8bit FAQ, available at ftp.ibp.fr in /pub/amstrad for installation instructions), or you will have to copy the data onto a 3.5" or 5.25" disk. The latter requires you to have a secondary drive of either format connected to your CPC (once again, see the FAQ for details on how to do this).
Before you use CPDRead, you should verify that the defaults given in the CPDREAD.CFG file match your particular setup. The configuration file consists of a few keywords denoted my the # character. These keywords are case insensitive. They should be followed by their corresponding value, separated from the keyword by spaces, tabs or equal signs. Comments start with a semicolon (;), anywhere on the line. Keywords may also be commented out.