How to read old HP86 floppy on Windows XP ?
Posted on 2006-11-20
I have this old legacy floppy from HP86 machine. I think it has LIF file formatting. I need to read this under Windows XP. When I am in Windows 98 there is no problem. I can use the tool HPCOPY or LIFUTIL to access the floppy. In Windows XP this is not possible probably because Windows XP (like also WinNT and Win2000) does not allow direct hardware access. The LIF file format can only be accessed through low level hardware routines which Windows XP apparently does not allow. How can I do it in WinXP? Dual boot is not an option. IT department here for some reason will no longer allow dual boot setups. I tried both Virtual PC and VMWare workstation with a FREEDos OS but still floppy is still not readable. I am not sure if Virtual PC or VMWare can bypass WinXP direct access protection by virtualizing it with a driver or Maybe FreeDos is just unable. I also tried Direct I/O without success. This is some tool to provice direct hardware support but I think it only works with things like serial and parallel ports. Haven't found a way to bypass the floppy using Direct I/O. Any other suggestions, solutions?