If you don't have any System disks

 
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Introduction
When creating an Amiga911 disk with Amiga911 Maker, it will ask you to insert your Workbench disk so that some files can be copied from it. But if you don't have this floppy, or you quite simply can't be bothered with digging it out, there are some easy workarounds that might work.

Because you see, Amiga911 Maker will quite simply look for Workbench3.1: for example, and if it's not present, the user will be instructed to insert it. The thing is that this doesn't necessarily have to be a Workbench floppy in DF0:, it can actually be any drive with a volume bearing that name, and it can also be an assign. Below are some methods you can try out.


Method 1: Mounting a Workbench ADF disk image
If you have an ADF image file of the requested Workbench disk, you can use DiskImage or ImageMount for mounting it as a virtual drive, then it will act like any other storage device. Just have in mind that the former requires a 68020 or higher CPU, while the latter works on all Amigas. For this example, I will explain ImageMount:

Currently, you will have to extract the needed files from the MiscFiles.lha archive found in the A911MakerData dir inside the main drawer of Amiga911 Maker, or you can simply create a new project which contains ImageMount, and then run "Copy system files" & "Copy program files". Then you can use this projects directory as source for the files. What you need to do now, is to copy the filedisk.device file to the Devs dir on your boot partition, and the ImageMount & ImageMount.info files to anywhere you like. When you are done, just double-click the ImageMount icon, select ADF from the requester that pops up, and finally select the correct Workbench ADF file. Now the ADF should get mounted so that Amiga911 Maker can copy files from it.

PS!  With the release of Amiga911 Maker 1.62, the above has become much easier,  just read the "Use Workbench ADF image files as copy sources" section of the A911Maker Prefs & Edit project details tutorial.  If you don't have any Workbench ADF files, take a look at the "Method 5" section of this very page.


Method 2: Creating an assign to your boot partition
The following assumes that you are creating a boot disk for AmigaOS 3.1, and that your boot partition contains OS3.1 and is called System. All you have to do is open a Shell and enter the following:

Assign Workbench3.1: System:

Then Amiga911 Maker will copy system files directly from your harddisk instead of the Workbench floppy. But have in mind that there might be problems if you have moved system files around on your boot partition, or if some system files have been replaced with third-party alternatives. Copying files from the standard, clean and un-modified Workbench disks is always the most safe way.


Method 3: Making an assign to another place on your harddisk
In case you actually do have a Workbench disk after all, there is also another way you can make Amiga911 Maker copy system files from your harddisk instead of floppy disks, and that is by doing the following:

If you have a Work: partition, create a new drawer on it called "WB3.1"  for example, and then open the new drawer. Next insert your Workbench3.1 floppy and drag & drop it's disk icon into the WB3.1 drawer, this will cause the entire floppy to be copied to Work:WB3.1/.  When this is done, you should have a Workbench3.1 drawer inside the main WB3.1 drawer. The next thing to do is to open a Shell and enter the following:   

Assign Workbench3.1: Work:WB3.1/Workbench3.1

Now Amiga911 Maker will copy system files directly from your harddisk instead of the Workbench floppy.

You can also create a script by opening a text editor and enter the above line into it, and then save the file. Now you can run the script by using the Execute command in a Shell, or you can attach an icon to it, making sure that the default tool is set to C:IconX.

In the process of creating A911 Maker, I had to do a lot of test copying from my WB disks to ensure everything was working like it should. But to make things both much quicker and easier, I actually did the above mentioned stuff.


Method 4: Purchasing some (new) Workbench disks
Another possibility is to just buy some system disks. Second hand sets of the Workbench disks pop up from time to time on Ebay, but have in mind that these floppies are old and might have read-errors, and besides there's always a chance they may have been tampered with somehow. But several Amiga oriented dealers like Amigakit and Vesalia does now sell new sets of the Workbench disks, which I personally consider to be a more reliable option. These floppies has a few minor changes when compared to the original Commodore ones, but this mainly consists of certain improvements that are well documented.


Method 5: Downloading Workbench ADF disk images
You can also download the system disks as ADF image files from various places on the internet, but the same thing regarding "been tampered with" applies here as well, because any changes made to them are in most cases not documented. Anyway, I will not provide any download links to such ADF files, since this is considered to be piracy.  There is however a new 100% legal way of getting hold of Workbench ADF files, and that is by purchasing them directly from Cloanto. Just like the new editions of the physical floppy disks, they have some new documented improvements as well. Although this "Floppy & Hard Disk Image Pack" is not free, it really doesn't cost that much either.




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