A: The Amiga
Explorer software, which is available in a stand-alone version and as
part of Amiga Forever, provides a very easy way to copy software and data from one system to
the other, as long as the Amiga and the PC are connected with a
serial cable (optionally
USB serial interface or a
Bluetooth adapter), or with TCP/IP (Ethernet, etc.) Other methods are
explained in the pages referenced below.
The default hard disk
installation of Amiga Forever creates a "Work"
directory on the PC hard disk
which is seen as a hard disk named "Work" from within the
Workbench 3.X emulation environment.
This directory is stored in the "Shared/dir" subdirectory of the
emulation-specific directory of the Amiga Forever distribution
or installation. On a current Windows installation, "Shared/dir" is in "Amiga Files". To open the Amiga Files
folder from within Amiga Forever select Open Folder/Amiga Files from the File menu.
By copying files from the Amiga hard disk to the shared
directory on the PC, they automatically become available in the "Work" partition
of the emulated Amiga. Please note that this transfer is usually best performed from the
Windows desktop (or whatever operating system and file manager is running on the
computer), not from inside the emulation, which usually has more limited access (if any at
all) to the "real" Amiga.
Amiga Explorer also gives access to a "virtual hardfile" for each Amiga hard
disk. This is in HDF format, which can be copied directly to the emulation, retaining the
original file system and attributes. To mount such an HDF file, view its Properties with
Amiga Explorer, and after copying the file to the PC, set the drive geometry values
indicated by Amiga Explorer in the Amiga Forever title configuration
(right-click the title, select Edit, then edit the disk in the Media tab). This geometry
information is very important, and it is best saved for future reference in
a text file stored in the same directory as the hardfile.