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Running hard disk images

Hard disk images contain all the data of games on hard disks . The files have generally the extension .dsk, just like the most used extension for disk image.

So, it means that the way to use a hard disk image is very close to the way to use a disk image. There's actually only one step more : the addition of IDE or SCSI controllers to the machine that you want to run.

First step : add IDE or SCSI controllers to a machine

- click on
File / Cartridge Slot 1 (or Slot 2) / Insert Special / IDE
or File / Cartridge Slot 1 (or Slot 2) / Insert Special / SCSI

- select one of the 3 available IDE controllers : Sunrise / Beer / GIDE
or one of the 3 available SCSI controllers : Mega-SCSI / Wave-SCSI / Gouda SCSI

You need also to select the SRAM size for Mega-SCSI or Wave-SCSI.

The most handful IDE system on MSX is the Sunrise system.
So, generally, you will add a Sunrise IDE controller to a MSX2, MSX2+ or MSXturboR machine.

TIP : Use the Machine Editor to create for example a MSXturboR with IDE controllers, it will allow you to skip this step the next time that you want to run an hard disk image !

SCSI hard disk images are not compatible with the Sunrise IDE hard disk images.

For more infos about the 3 IDE systems and the 3 SCSI systems, see this page.

Second step : insert an hard disk image

- go to File / Hard Disk

As you have added an IDE controller, this menu can now be used and is a little different for each IDE or SCSI type :

  Sunrise IDE
  Beer IDE
  Gouda SCSI

- go to the Primary Controller or the only one available controller

You access to this sub-menu :

- click on Insert
- this choice calls the Window Explorer, it allows to select a hard disk image
- when this choice is done, press on F9 (= Run) or on F12 (= Reset) to start the game

TIP : you can also use the mouse to drag and drop a hard disk image in the blueMSX window, then press on F9 or F12.

- The option Insert CD-ROM (only available for SCSI at the moment) is explained here.
- The option Insert New Disk Image is explained here.
- The option Eject of the sub-menu allows to eject the hard disk image.
- The option Eject All Harddisk of the hard disk menu allows to eject all existing hard disk images.

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