Scenario How to use floppy to usb emulator on Roland MC50 to do Data transfer using USB Pen Drive

Published: 25th March 2011
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Everything works as if you were working on floppies, just the media changes to Pen Drive instead of floppies. The floppy to usb emulator is just the replica of legacy 1.44 mb FDD , looks like that , uses same 34 pin channel and same power connectors. The floppy to usb emulator unit just be fools the whole apparatus as if it were working on same floppy method.

The process is as follows :

On Computer

1. We need to divide a pen drive into 100 partitions of 720kb capacity each ( Software & User Manual provided on site.

2. If you try to access the formatted USB Flash drive on Floppy to usb emulator installed on MC50, it will prompt "no disk is present". To avoid this you need to follow the steps mentioned below.

On Emulator

1. If you see the back side of floppy to usb emulator, there will be jumper settings at the back. Just put at jumper location in such that it shorts MO and JA (that is if you see floppy to usb converter from back it is 2nd from left and 7th from left).

On Keyboard

1. Plug in the floppy to usb converter into the MC50.

2. The indicator on floppy to usb converter front showing ( 0.0. ) initially, will be converted to 00 ( Means that pen drive has been accepted ). Now each block of the pen drive will act as floppy (Namely 00 to 99 ).

3. Before doing any read write operation, you need to format each block one by one from MC50 format utility by plugging it in front of floppy to usb emulator. If you do not perform this formatting you will not be able to access the blocks. Once formatting is done proceed to next step.

4. Now you do the Transfer of music files/data from computer onto the relevant block ( flppy0 to flppy99 ), by selecting the block using software. ( See PDF/Video Manual on website ).

5. Now on the Emulator side Toggle to the block by pressing the relevant buttons in front of floppy to usb emulator, on which you transferred the Music/data. Start transferring the files from floppy ( a:) ( Now USB ) as you did always.

6. Change the block from front panel of floppy to usb emulator to access the relevant block you need.

7. You can even write back to the USB Flash Stick, just in the same way you did with floppies. Once you have done with write back process ( from keyboard to USB ), insert the pen drive into Computer. Select the block in Software and read the data you took from Keyboard.

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