This tutorial shows you how you can access a FAT16 (Windows compatible) formatted Compact Flash card on your Amiga 1200 and Amiga 600 in order to transfer files from your PC to your Amiga.

An old 16 MB CF-card will be fine for transfering files to your Amiga from your PC.

An old 16 MB CF-card will be fine for transfering files to your Amiga from your PC.

The first thing you need to do and have is to get yourself a PCMCIA adapter for Compact Flash cards. Every Amiga 600 and 1200 comes with a PCMCIA-port on the side, this port can be used with network cards and modems also.

The PCMCIA Compact Flash reader

This is a PCMCIA to Compact Flash reader. With it you can read Compact Flash cards on your Amiga 1200 and Amiga 600.

This is a PCMCIA to Compact Flash reader. With it you can read Compact Flash cards on your Amiga 1200 and Amiga 600.

I ordered my PCMCIA Compact Flash card reader adapter from DealExtreme.

DealExtreme is a cheap dealer of Chinese made gadgets and hardware most of the stuff they are selling is sold with free shipping all over the world. Considering they only take $4.91 (including free freight) for their PCMCIA Compact Flash adapter they are probably one of the cheapest you will find. Shipping to Stockholm, Sweden took about two weeks but considering the same adapter cost at least $20 here it was a steal.

You can be sure I will show you some other hardware deals from DealExtreme in the future that is compatible and useful for the Amiga, but right now I can recommend this Laptop PCMCIA Compact Flash CF Card Reader Adapter if you want to connect CF-cards to the PCMCIA slot on your A1200 and A600.

Transfering files to your Amiga 1200 have never been easier. You do not need messy network cards with cables running all over your living room or ancient WEP WIFI routers.

Transfering files to your Amiga 1200 have never been easier. You do not need messy network cards with cables running all over your living room or ancient WEP WIFI routers.

So what are you waiting for, order your PCMCIA-CF adapter today! 🙂

The software

Head on over to Aminet and download the file cfd.lha.
That is the drivers to be able to read CF-card in the PCMCIA slot on your Amiga.

While you are at Aminet be sure not to forget FAT95 archive.
Without the FAT95 package you will not be able to read FAT16 formatted CF-cards on your Amiga. Also, keep in mind you will be able to mount Win95/98 hard drives with the package, but I won’t show you that in this tutorial.

Installing software

compact-flash-amiga-device

1. First unpack both fat95.lha and cfd.lha to the ram disk of your Amiga.
2. In the unpacked “fat95” folder, go into the folder “devs”.
3. Copy the file “messydisk.device” to your system partition into the “devs:” folder.

4. In the unpacked “cfd” folder, go into the folder “devs”
5. Copy the file “compactflash.device” to “devs” on your system partition.

compact-flash-amiga-dosdrivers

6. Copy the file “CF0” (including its .info file if you see two files) to the “devs/dosdrivers” folder on your system partition.

7. Reboot with the PCMCIA-CF adapter and a FAT16 formatted CF-card inserted into the adapter. You will see a new device shown on the desktop, now you can access the PC-formatted CF-card just as it was an Amiga partition.

Ready to access thousands of Amiga files!

Ready to access thousands of Amiga files!