OMNIFLOP -or- SDISKW ???
Using OmniFlop or SDISKW depends on the method you create sample disks or image files. Each one has an advantage over the other
OmniFlop has a more user‑friendly interface and also works with other sampler/synth brands such as Akai, E‑Mu, Ensoniq, etc...
However, it does not support external USB drives. This requires OmniFlop to be used only on older model PC's with older floppy disk drive hardware. The big advantage OmniFlop has is that it's able to read *.OUT, *.IMG, *.S50, *W.30 and other Roland sampler disk image files for use with some GOTEK USB/FDE devices
SDISKW offers the advantage of being able to work with an External USB 3.5" Floppy Disk Drive (FDD) which allows use on more current model PC's. However, SDISKW will not allow you to read *.OUT, *.IMG, *.S50, *W.30 and other disk image files. It is Roland proprietary and is only able to Read or Write 3.5" 720KB floppy diskettes
MY OMNIFLOP INSTALLATION NOTES
I installed and tested OmniFlop Version: 3.0 with Windows XP (SP3) and also Windows 7 Ultimate (32‑bit) and various internal 720KB 3.5" FDD's
OmniFlop requires an Internal 3.5" 720KB 3.5" FDD with a 34‑pin ribbon cable. External and USB FDD's are not supported !!!
In order to get OmniFlop to work with the Roland disk formats, you will need to install the OmniFlop drivers which are included in the *.ZIP file. I followed the instructions in the PDF file and the new driver installation was hassle‑free*
OmniFlop can be downloaded here
*One thing I would watch out for is that the OmniFlop driver will change your existing Windows Floppy Disk Drive driver and also the Floppy Disk Controller driver. You might want to play it safe and back‑up these two driver files prior to installing OmniFlop. The original drivers for both of my Windows systems (WinXP Pro SP3 and Win7 Ultimate 32‑Bit) were located at:
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