My first computer

My first computer

The Commodore Amiga A500 was my first computer. I still have it, although it hadn't been in use since the mid-90s until 2019, when I finally embarked on a project to revive it to rescue some data from floppy discs. This was made possible after my brother bough me a "Gotek"-branded USB floppy emulator for Christmas 2018, as the original internal drive is faulty.

Floppies

Recovered floppy disks

Recovered floppy disks

In 2015 my Dad found a box of our old Amiga floppies in their attic. I hope to read many of them and get their contents online. For now I've just catalogued them on the floppies page. Step one is to cross-check my list against online lists of available disk images, such as those maintained by the Software Preservation Society.

Asides from the commercial discs, I am particularly interested in reading my old data discs, containing childhood drawings, etc.

My plan is to attempt to read them using a secondary floppy drive connected to the A500's parallel port, booting the machine via the Gotek. I already have one of these, but I don't know if it works. It was rarely used at the time so the odds might be good.

Magazines

I still have a large-ish collection of Amiga magazines from the 90s, mostly "Amiga Format" magazine but a few "Amiga Power"s and miscellaneous others.

archive.org has various collections of scanned magazines. These are the magazines only, not the coverdiscs: but the might exist in another collection.

This looks interesting; as does this.

example coverdisc URI: https://archive.org/details/amigaformat025disk_1991-08

What's this? https://ia801604.us.archive.org/zipview.php?zip=/25/items/Commodore_Amiga_TOSEC_2012_04_10/Commodore_Amiga_TOSEC_2012_04_10.zip 30G of amiga software

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