Greaseweazle is not an ND product. However, it allows you to connect a floppy drive to a modern computer and use it as a ND media reader for floppies. It is like the FluxEngine, but with cheaper hardware, and a different set of programs to use it.
You will need a computer with a usb port. You will also need:
- the Greaseweazle hardware
- a STM32F103C8 "Blue Pill" development board (or alternative - see the Greaseweazle wiki)
- a Blue Pill Adapter (files to order the pcb are aavilable)
- a usb to micro-usb cable for connecting the FluxEngine to the computer
- a floppy cable, for connecting the FluxEngine to the floppy drive
- a floppy drive capable of reading the floppies you want to read
- a power supply for the floppy drive. Except for 3.5 inch drives, you can't power the drive from the usb port
You also need a bit of storage space for the images you capture.
The Greaseweazle comes with the firmware, and the program to read data from the floppy drive. This program (gw.py - yes, it is written in Python) does only one thing: it reads data from the floppy drive, and stores it in a file, in .scp (SuperCard Pro) Flux image format. You will need a program to convert the .scp files into something you can use, like a direct "image" format.
I have (briefly) tested keirf's Disk Utilities, and it appears to work, at least for ND format 17b floppies
Using the Greaseweazle consists of two steps: capture data from a floppy to a file (.scp file), and the converting this file into a more usable format.
This is a simple operation. If you just type the command with no parameters, you get a help text
tingo@z30b:~/work/greaseweazle$ ./Greaseweazle-v0.11/gw.py Usage: ./Greaseweazle-v0.11/gw.py [action] ... Actions: read, write, delays, update
you can add and action to get more info
tingo@z30b:~/work/greaseweazle$ ./Greaseweazle-v0.11/gw.py read usage: gw.py read [-h] [--drive DRIVE] [--revs REVS] [--scyl SCYL] [--ecyl ECYL] [--single-sided] file [device] gw.py read: error: the following arguments are required: file tingo@z30b:~/work/greaseweazle$ ./Greaseweazle-v0.11/gw.py write usage: gw.py write [-h] [--drive DRIVE] [--scyl SCYL] [--ecyl ECYL] [--single-sided] [--adjust-speed] file [device] gw.py write: error: the following arguments are required: file tingo@z30b:~/work/greaseweazle$ ./Greaseweazle-v0.11/gw.py delays ** Greaseweazle v0.11 [F1], Host Tools v0.11 Select Delay: 10us Step Delay: 3000us Settle Time: 15ms Motor Delay: 750ms Auto Off: 10000ms
To read a ND format 17b floppy, you would use
tingo@z30b:~/work/greaseweazle$ ./Greaseweazle-v0.11/gw.py read --ecyl 76 525_nd_f17b_211024-c01-xx-01d.scp ** Greaseweazle v0.11 [F1], Host Tools v0.11 Reading Track 76.1...
77 tracks means track 0 - 76.
For a ND format 0b floppy you would use
tingo@z30b:~/work/greaseweazle$ ./Greaseweazle-v0.11/gw.py read --ecyl 76 --single-sided 525_nd_f0b_nd-10005u_2.scp ** Greaseweazle v0.11 [F1], Host Tools v0.11 Reading Track 76.0...
This format also have 77 tracks, but is single-sided.