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floppy to usb emulator 05 Mar 2015 19:42 #1687

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Has anyone installed a floppy to USB emulator? I need one in my trusty G-800. I know the Roland will save a song to one of the 100 virtual disks in the emulator, however, how does one now copy that file to the USB stick?
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floppy to usb emulator 06 Mar 2015 10:12 #1690

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I did a search on Google and found an explaining movie for it:

Watch it on Youtube and please, set the subtitles to ON. :)
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floppy to usb emulator 06 Mar 2015 16:56 #1692

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Thanks Willem52. I did see that video before. My real question is:After you record a song in the G-800 and hit save, I assume it will save the song on the Floppy emulator on one of the virtual disks (just like it used to do on the real floppy disk. Now, how do you get that song off of the emulator and onto the stick (pen) drive so I can install it onto a computer that has no floppy drive?
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floppy to usb emulator 06 Mar 2015 17:17 #1693

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If the manufacturer did not provide a pc tool for such, than it will be difficult.

If you mean that modern PC's do not have a floppydisk interface to connect
the emulator to, in that case you can just use an old computer for that.
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floppy to usb emulator 06 Mar 2015 17:56 #1695

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Have you purchased the USB floppy emulator because the floppy in your G800 no longer worked? Or did you have to replace the G800's floppy with the emulator?

Either way, unless the maker of the floppy to USB device can help you (this question really needs to be asked of them, not us!), I would say that you need to save the data to a normal floppy disk in the G800, then use a USB floppy drive attached to your computer to transfer the information.

But doing it with the emulator means asking the people who made the emulator!
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floppy to usb emulator 06 Mar 2015 18:51 #1697

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I appreciate the effort you both are taking, however, maybe I didn't explain my question enough. I have upgraded my studio from an XP machine to a Win 7 machine. I used to record songs on the Roland floppy, then insert that into me XP to edit on Sonar. Now, the new Win 7 machine does not have a floppy. I tried 2 external USB floppies, however, they won't work on Win 7 ... trust me, I've tried. So, the next best thing is to install a floppy to USB drive in the Roland and transfer the virtual floppy onto the stick (pen) drive and put that in the Win 7 machine. My question is how do you transfer the files on the virtual disks (in the emulator) to the USB stick? Neither Roland, nor, the emulator company can answer that, even though I know it is being done.
Thanks, guys
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floppy to usb emulator 06 Mar 2015 19:08 #1698

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Sorry, I have 2 USB floppydrives here, both are working fine on all
my Windows 7 Home SP1 64 bit systems without need for drivers.
They are using the standard build-in Windows 7 drivers for USB 2.0

As said, a with the drive delivered tool should provide all functions.
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floppy to usb emulator 06 Mar 2015 21:48 #1701

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Did the G800 use the old single sided 700kb floppies? Perhaps that MIGHT be the problem, as most modern USB floppy drives are probably expecting the newer, DSDD 1.4Mb floppies.

I had one back in the day, but got rid of it fairly quickly when the G1000 came out with the Zip drive, so I honestly can't remember back that far.

BTW, Topic moved to Music related Forum
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floppy to usb emulator 07 Mar 2015 10:02 #1704

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For your information:
Both of mine USB Portable Floppy Drives can use 2DD and 2HD floppydisks.

The Roland G-800 can use 2DD (720KB) and 2HD (1.44MB) floppydisks as well.

At the Ketron site you can see how it should work, but is not quarantee for G-800:
www.ketron.it/index.php/?option=com_cont...cle&id=449&Itemid=20
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floppy to usb emulator 07 Mar 2015 21:03 #1709

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OK, last shot, 'cuse I don't want you guys to spend more time on this. Here it is:
1) Roland works just fine with its original floppy.
2) My new Win 7 computer has no floppy drive and I've tried 3 external USB floppy drives from different mfg's and none work.
3) Thought I'd try installing the floppy to USB drive in the Roland.
4) I know that when I record a song and the Roland asks if I want to save it, and I hit "Save" it will write it to one of the floppy-USB's virtual disks.
5) MY ORIGINAL QUESTION: How do you copy that song from the floppy-USB drive to the USB stick so I can load that into Sonar on my Win7 machine. There is no computer involved and I'm sure the Roland doesn't have a utility to do that, or, does it? Is it contained in the floppy to USB drive? : Somehow there has to be a way to copy that song from the floppy-USB drive to the USB stick.
I do thank you all for your effort.
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floppy to usb emulator 08 Mar 2015 02:42 #1711

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You cannot copy directly from one slave device to another... Both the stick and the USB floppy emulator are slave devices. They need a master device, either a computer, or something like the newer Roland's that have USB ports.

What you OUGHT to be asking is, what floppy drive and drivers does Willem have? As he said...
I have 2 USB floppydrives here, both are working fine on all
my Windows 7 Home SP1 64 bit systems without need for drivers.

They are using the standard build-in Windows 7 drivers for USB 2.0

As said, with the drive delivered tool should provide all functions.

So, it seems Win7 CAN read floppies. You need to troubleshoot YOUR Win7 system to find out why it can't. I am a Mac Man, so can't help you, there!
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floppy to usb emulator 09 Mar 2015 16:22 #1730

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Solved It! I got a 4th drive from a more expensive mfg. and this one works, sort of. I still have to do a work around, however, I can load the Roland generated disk into my win7 machine. Don't know why the other 3 drive wouldn't work, but, at this point I don't care. The new drive will not show up on Win Explorer, but, it will come up under "Drives & Printers" and from there it is the same.
Thank you guys for all the effort.
My trusty G-800 is 20 years old and still going and I use to to create styles and for playback from Sonar. . I have a MIDI studio inc. a Hammond B3 (and XK-3c), Voce V3, Emu Classic keys and have a library of 130 cover songs & 30 original ones.
Thanks again.
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floppy to usb emulator 09 Mar 2015 17:04 #1731

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Great.

Windows 7 does not show the USB portable floppydrive in the explorer indeed.
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