1541-IDE : an idea I want to discuss

Date: 2008-12-16 16:47:51

Hallo allemaal,
As you al know (at least I hope so :), I'm working on a project
integrating a IDE harddisk into a 1541. That goes quite well so far.
"Quite" because at this moment I have a problem: copying files doesn't
work, worse, the action destroys my directory structure of the 16 MB
version :(
I'm already working on the, what I call, 32-bits version. 32 bits
because the old Commodore drives only use 16 bits ie. Track and Sector.
But these two bytes only enable one to use drives with 256 tracks and
256 sectors/track, equivalent to 16 Mbyte of data. Using 4 bytes enables
ones to uses drives up to 2 GigaByte. But as I already found out, it is
a lot of work to create a compatible Kernal for the 1541.
Now the idea I want to discuss:
The 16MB version supports subdirectories. As expected these
subdirectories are placed inside these 16 MB. But what about allocating
16 MB to each subdirectory? 
The advantages:
- Full disk access but still being able to use the well known C=
- Much less programming for me :)
- 16 MB for a directory can be overkill. 
But a possible solution for this problem is to mark either the 'outside'
or 'inside' directory with a # (or another character) at the beginning
of the name.
Your remarks, ideas are welcome!

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