DiskXS - Virtual Floppy Disk

DiskXS is a free virtual floppy disk drive tool that can be used to handle floppy disk images. The tool offers the ability to view, extract, import, export or delete the content of any floppy disk image that has been FAT formatted. In addition it supports loading and writing of floppy images to a floppy drive.

What is a Virtual Floppy Disk?

DiskXS Virtual Floppy Disk

A virtual floppy disk is a type of disk image file that emulates the functionality of a physical floppy disk. It is essentially a file that contains all the data and file structure of a floppy disk, but it is stored on a virtual storage device, such as a hard drive or a USB drive, instead of a physical disk.

Virtual floppies are often used in virtualization software, such as VMware or VirtualBox, to allow virtual machines to access legacy software or operating systems that require floppy disk support. They can be mounted as if they were physical disks and can be used to transfer files or run software that requires a floppy disk.

They can be created using software tools such as DiskXS that allow you to create disk images from physical disks or create new disk images from scratch. These tools can also convert virtual floppy disk images to different formats, such as .IMG or .ISO, for compatibility with different virtualization platforms.

About DiskXS

DiskXS is a tool that was designed to handle floppy disk images. It can be used to view and delete the content of FAT formatted floppy disk images. The tool supports reading and writing images using a physical floppy disk drive.

It is designed to work with standard 1.44" and 5.25" floppy disks, ranging from 160KB to 2.88MB. Additionally, it can handle non standard floppy images like 820KB, 1.68MB, and 1.72MB. Here's some of its features:

  • Image Operations: Create, load, and save RAW floppy images with capacities from 160KB to 2.88MB using the FAT12 file system.
  • Read/Write Operations: Read images from physical floppy disks and write images to floppy disks in standard formats.
  • File Management: Extract files from images, delete files within images, and view files in images.
  • Cluster Organization: View the organization of clusters within the floppy disk image.
  • Boot Sector Support: Import or export bootsector and bootcode.
  • Long Filename Support: Provides support for handling long filenames.

DiskXS Specifications and Download

  • Website: Archived Project Page
    It appears this project has been abandoned. An archived link is being provided.
  • License: Freeware
  • Downloading: You can get this virtual floppy tool here:
    DiskXS Download

If you like this portable software, you might also enjoy VFD virtual floppy drive which can also be used to easily load your floppy images without a drive.