Installing PiStorm - Amiga 500

This was so cool. Understand there are those that disagree about use of raspberry pi in place of the 68000 processor in our beloved Amgias, but I have to say, this was cool.

After doing my CF Hard Drive for Amiga effort, I had many issues on getting files from Internet world into my computer’s hard drive. Without a modem in hand to connect the Amiga to something or a store that sells that actual floppies - this was difficult. There are, of course, solutions and it deals with creating of ADF files to a GOTEK floppy (or a computer that can write to a 3.5" floppy disk) - and getting it in that way, but it was a complicated dance.

Shifting to point of subject, I removed the CF Hard Drive as well as the 68000 and popped in my pistorm that has been sitting on a shelf. This was incredibly simplistic. The pistorm was from and came pre-configured - so it was literally a drop in the computer bay and power on.


For one - all my display entanglements I had been trying to wrestle with were immediately gone. The display is gorgeous!
Secondly, by connecting a monitor to the pi itself along with a keyboard, I was able to go into RASPI-CONFIG and setup my wifi along with SSH access so I can log into the PI remotely and work files. This was a big deal!

The PiStorm features a shared drive that can be accessible through SFTP that can be mounted on the Amiga. This makes it an absolute breeze to transfer files to and from the Amiga to your “next gen” PC.

In the Amiga Shell type the following commands

copy PISTORM:a314/a314fs L:
type PISTORM:a314/a314fs-mountlist >> DEVS:Mountlist

You can now type mount PI0: into the shell to show the PiDisk
To access remotely via SFTP, go to the directory /home/pistorm/data/a314-shared/

Alternative to above:
Using WINUAE virtual hard drives and SSH:
The pistorm allows the Amiga to utilize virtual hard drives located on the SD card. These are identified under the pistorm directory in the file DEFAULT.CFG. Using this, I declared another hard drive file “nukehd.hdf” that I will be using as a means to transfer material over.

With WINUAE, going to the configuration section, I created a virtual hard drive with a size of 1.4 GB. This size is more than enough to transfer oogles of Amiga content and takes about 4 minutes to transfer in its entirety from my computer with WINUAE to the AMIGA via wifi/SSH. Also in this same area, I use one of my internal computer directories as a hard drive so that I can download content from the internet world into an area WINUAE and my emulated Amiga can see. Then it is a drag and drop of the content to the virtual hard drive within the virtualized Amiga, then ship the hard drive file to the PISTORM via SSH/SFTP. Once the file has transferred, reboot the physical Amiga.

After reboot, my HDF file is displayed (partitioned to and formatted as “xferHD1” and “xferHD2”).

From there, I pull the information off and place it where desired within the Workbench/System/Work file areas.

From a performance perspective, the Amiga is screaming.


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