Amiga (WinUAE) – Format HD and install Workbench 2.0x

Requirements

For this step by step example we’ll install Workbench 2.0x using WinUAE.
The Amiga system configuration used is the following:

A600
2 Mb RAM
1 Hard disks (1 hardfile)

Programs:
Workbench (2.0x or greater)

Formatting Hard disk and install Workbench

Start WinUAE, go to CD & Hard drives section for creating an empty hardfile of 20Mb.

hardfile

Click Create button and the empty hardrive image is created.

Now put in DF0 the Workbench Install disk and the other disks on the remains disk drives.

We can see the following situation:

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Click on DH0, then on the Workbench menu select Format.

Once format operation is completed, rename it (System we say) then click on 2.0 Install disk and then select UpdateWB.

wb_2_04_tmp

Workbench will start to install on DH0, and some questions will be asked to user during the process.

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At the end of the (long) process, remove all floppies, make a copy of your hardfile and restart Amiga.

2 comments on “Amiga (WinUAE) – Format HD and install Workbench 2.0x

  1. Marco

    Thanks for writing this guide. I fail at this step:

    >Click on DH0, then on the Workbench menu select Format.

    How can I tell when the Format operation has been completed?

    >Once format operation is completed, rename it (System we say)

    Doesn’t work for me, I rename it to “System” (no quotes) and the DH0:NDOS icon disappears briefly, then it just reappears. No name change.

    I’m using winUAE 3.3.0, workbench 3.1 and Windows 7 x64.

    1. Starred MediaSoft

      Hi Marco,
      The brief guide you are looking for works for WB 2.0, I decided to write it because to me that WB version was a bit less intuitive than the later version (like 3.1).
      in response to your questions:

      > How can I tell when the Format operation has been completed?

      Once the format operation starts, you should see a bar of the format progress on the screen.
      When the task is completed, a confirm message should appear automatically.
      See some example on youtube.

      > Doesn’t work for me, I rename it to “System” (no quotes) and the DH0:NDOS icon disappears briefly, then it just reappears. No name change.

      This looks strange, did you even try with other names too ?

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