a variety of disk formats used by HP

LIF, a.k.a. Logical Interchange Format, is a series of formats used by Hewlett-Packard across their entire range of computers, from calculators to modern servers. It also defines a simple non-hierarchical filesystem which is bizarrely still supported by HP-UX systems.

Floppy-disk wise, they’re yet more variations of the standard IBM floppy encoding scheme.

Options

  • Format variants:
    • 264: 264kB 3.5” 66-track SSDD; HP9121 format
    • 608: 608kB 3.5” 76-track DSDD; HP9122 format
    • 616: 616kB 3.5” 77-track DSDD
    • 770: 770kB 3.5” 77-track DSDD

Examples

To read:

  • fluxengine read hplif --264 -s drive:0 -o hplif.img
  • fluxengine read hplif --608 -s drive:0 -o hplif.img
  • fluxengine read hplif --616 -s drive:0 -o hplif.img
  • fluxengine read hplif --770 -s drive:0 -o hplif.img

To write:

  • fluxengine write hplif --264 -d drive:0 -i hplif.img
  • fluxengine write hplif --608 -d drive:0 -i hplif.img
  • fluxengine write hplif --616 -d drive:0 -i hplif.img
  • fluxengine write hplif --770 -d drive:0 -i hplif.img

References

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