When creating an Amiga911 disk with Amiga911 Maker, it will ask you to insert
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
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
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
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
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
Method 4: Purchasing some (new) Workbench
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
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
Method 5: Downloading Workbench ADF disk
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
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.