Amstrad CPC Guides

Some of these guides will also apply to the Sinclair Spectrum +3

How to attach a 3.5″ 720kb disk drive to a Amstrad CPC6128

You can read an excellent guide on how to install a 3.5″ drive on your CPC at cpcmania.com . I referenced this guide when I wanted to add a 3.5″ drive to my CPC. Instead of using a PC PSU, I use a small power supply that came with a USB to IDE interface. These guides should also apply to the Sinclair +3 and the Tatung Einstein.

There are some pin out diagrams for the Amstrad CPC here – Pin Out Diagrams

How to write a .DSK file to a 3.5″ disk in Windows

You will need…

  • A PC with a internal 3.5” floppy disk drive (A USB drive will not work)
  • Windows 2000 or XP (I’ve not tried it with Vista or 7 yet)
  • Some 720k DD floppy disks (The disks with just one hole)
  • CPCDiskXP (Download from http://www.cpcmania.com cpcmania.com)
  • A CPC6128 with a 3.5” 720k drive attached.
  1. Install CPCDiskXP making sure you also install the FdInstall.exe package
  2. Start CPCDiskXP
  3. Click DSK File -> Disk.
  4. Click the Open button, and choose the DSK file you want to write to disk.
  5. Choose the Drive you want to write the disk image to.
  6. Most games will use DSK Side 1, Floppy Head 1.
  7. Press Write Disk. Now wait for the image to be written to disk. Press OK when done.

You can now use the disk in your CPC!

How to write a .DSK file from a 720Kb disk attached to a CPC6128 to 3” disc

You will need…

  • A Amstrad CPC6128 with a 3.5” 720kb drive attached to the “Drive B” port
  • A copy of DSK-CPC on 3” or 3.5” disk.
  1. Run dsk-cpc.bas from drive A or B
  2. Select option 1 – Select DSK File
  3. Select the DSK file on the 720kb disk
  4. Follow the instructions to write the disk

How to attach a tape player to a Amstrad CPC 6128 Plus

Follow this guide on cpcwiki.eu. I’ve not tried this yet, but its on my list of things to do.

Amstrad CPC Multiface 2 Manual

Read it here : Amstrad CPC Multiface 2 Manual

1 thought on “Amstrad CPC Guides

    Erik casey

    (19th October 2017 - 10:54)

    Hello Andy, wow a lot of cool computers in your collection….
    Back in the late 70s I entered the world of games when as an artist I was gifted with an amstrad cpc 6128, since then I created art and animation for amstrads, spectrums, commodore, PC, Atari and maney consuls and hand helps through to early 2000 when I moved more into painting and photography, however I started recreating on canvas and print some work based on my old 8 bit work
    …. Now I have bought an Amstrad cpc 6128 to to create art for screen printing…. However I would like to obtain a mouse, I used to have the amx mouse, to work with, also I would appreciate some Knowledge on how to convert art file images created on rain birds amstrad art studio into files that can be loaded onto a mac osx or a PC laptop ….. If you have any advise/info about where I can purchase retro stuff for the amstrad that would be great …… Many thanks … Erik casey ( some of my games are list at moby games under erik casey artist …… All the best Andy … Erik

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