Copying non windows compatible file names

Posted on 2012-09-06
Last Modified: 2012-09-10
Hi Experts,

We are currently working on a project to replace floppy drives on specialist machines with USB devices (floppy emulators).

The emulator we have bought for testing purposes appears to be accessed so hardware wise it is looking promising.
The machines boot up from the floppy drives so the boot image has to be copied to the flash drive.

The part we are struggling with is that the file names are not windows compliant, for instance one of the files is called,
¦u÷}á( ¦.n÷&
along with the fact that they appear to be 1.8GB in size (which obviously isnt correct as its a floppy disk) means they simply will not copy to a flash drive.

Can anyone recommend a way to copy the files? We have tried winimage which unfortunately cannot write the files back to USB aswell as a couple of distributions of linux and some standalone dos app with no joy.

Any ideas much appreciated!
Question by:johnsit
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    Expert Comment

    What is OS of the specialist machines?

    Author Comment

    Thanks for the reply,

    I wouldnt have a clue, they are 30 year old knitting machines and the company went bust about 15 years ago.. :(
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    You might want to try the guy who supports this site
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    Accepted Solution

    Try a tool like BootDisk2BootStick, which is designed to copy a bootable floppy and make a bootable USB drive:
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    Expert Comment

    These disks aren't superdisks by any chance are they?  Superdisks hold 120mb -240mb and look almost exactly like a normal 3.5 inch floppy disk.  Obviously, because the capacity is much larger than a normal floppy the files may appear garbled to a normal floppy.

    Author Comment

    Thanks all for the comments.

    The solution posted by Callandor seems to have done the trick!

    Thanks again!

    Author Closing Comment

    Great solution!

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