Here's what I know. The early TOS used the same formatting of disks as
DOS _except_ it did not write the 8080 code in the boot sector. Some
PC's can read those no problems, some can't. Just get the boot sector on
the disks (either by a utility on the ST, or by formatting the disk in a
PC) and you're set. Also, they only had single-density 3 1/4" at first
In my experience, the only PC that couldn't read ST disks were the
Zenith PC compatibles (that weren't. They were so bad, they needed
special versions of windows 2.0 tweaked just for them).
> tapped out the following on the keyboard attached to their plastic box
> with a TV, and came up with the following:
> >Nagle) spaketh thus:
> >>>Is there a way to move my old ATARI songs into the PC without having to
> >>A familiar question. Depending on versions, save your ST songs as .arr
> >>files to be sure. As for reading them on the PC, the PC (Win95) can
> >>read ST floppies directly so it just works.
> >Can Win95 read ST discs? AIUI only some versions of TOS format a disc
> >so that a PC can read it.
> This only applies to earlier versions of MSDOS and Windows - Windows
> 95 is 'clever' enough to read old ST disks - trust me, I've had to do
> it myself!
> >Why not format a 720K disc on the PC and then save the song stuff onto
> >that, either as an *.ARR file (obviously depends on the compatibility
> >bew* the different platform software) or as *.MID file preferably
> >File format 2 (I think that's the one that keeps all the data in the
> >right place).
> This would definately be the better way if going to a PC with
> something earlier than '95 or NT4.