SAMdisk is a command-line disk image utility for Windows, Linux, and macOS.
Read and write almost any soft-sectored floppy disk format compatible with the PC floppy controller, including some traditionally copy-protected formats. Also supports hard disk imaging to and from HDF and raw formats.
Low-level floppy device access requires the fdrawcmd.sys driver to be installed.
Version 3.8.11, last updated 18th May 2018 [view ChangeLog].
SAMdisk3811.zip — Windows 2000 or later.
The following versions support disk images, but not real floppy devices. However, disk imaging is still possible using a SuperCard Pro, KryoFlux, or DiscFerret device. Create an image using the device’s own software, then use SAMdisk to convert that to a specific output image type.
Version 4.0 alpha, still under development.
Source Code (GitHub)
To create a disk image from an existing floppy disk:
SAMdisk a: image.dsk
The range of tracks copied is determined from the floppy drive type in the BIOS, which will often be 80 cylinders and 2 heads. If this is not suitable, use the
-h options to override the cylinder and head counts.
Accessing 40-track media in an 80-track drive will require the
-d option to double-step the head between tracks.
To write a disk image back to floppy disk:
SAMdisk image.dsk a: