Use CP/M diskettes in your IBM PC
SuperCopy is a program that allows you to read floppy disks written on foreign computer types or write floppy disks for foreign computer types.
SuperCopy, user's manual, July 1988
SuperCopy is a program of the company Generics from Karlsruhe, Germany. The later copyright holder was the company ComFood Software GmbH. This company sold the program until the year 2000. But ... the liquidation is finished. The company has been deleted (commercial register notice dated 30.12.2009). But you can still access the old websites in the WayBack Machine: COMFOOD SOFTWARE GMBH.
The version 3.35 from 1988 is one of the first. The file SELECT.DAT contains only about 180 CP/M formats. The later version 3.40 from 1991 already contains about 300 CP/M formats and about 400 formats in 2000. The program probably exists since about 1986.
SuperCopy has a similar structure to UniForm. First a device driver must be installed (CONFIG.SYS). Then you can select the appropriate format with the program SELECT.EXE. SuperCopy has the advantage over UniForm that for example for drive A: (D:) and drive B: (E:) two 'different' formats can be selected. Both formats are then available at the same time!
You can copy a file with the DOS command COPY from a 'DEC Rainbow' floppy directly to a 'Kaypro 4' floppy. This does not work with UniForm-PC, 22Disk, or PC-Alien.
Note, the SELECT.EXE version is 3.10 but the data formats (SELECT.DAT) and device drivers are version 3.35.
The installation is very simple and takes a maximum of 10 minutes. With the program INFO.EXE you can display the installed formats.My drive B:/E: is the TEAC FD-55E. A very special disk drive with 80 tracks (96 tpi, DD) but only SS. Not usable under the 'normal' operating system PC/MS-DOS.
File access (COPY, DIR, TYPE, ...) is just as easy as with UniForm-PC. SuperCopy, like UniForm-PC, supports many popular 'US' CP/M formats. But also a lot of CP/M formats of german companies like BASF, DeTeWe, Kontron, Olympia, Eurocom, Prof-80, Siemens and others, see below. SuperCopy is therefore absolutely recommended for the German retro computer scene.
The format-file SELECT.DAT
The format of the format file SELECT.DAT is quite well known. The structure can be followed in this assembler file (german/de).
Dr. Hans Hehl has written a BASIC program (DISKLOOP.BAS) for his interpreter HEBAS86, with which you can read the desired format from the file SELECT.DAT and 'print' to display, file or printer. I have tested the program, it works fine with the HEBAS86 interpreter.
Here is an example of the DEC Rainbow format (no 44).
- User's manual: SuperCopy, July 1988
- Supported floppy disk formats. Version 3.40 (1991) with 313 CP/M formats!
- (c) Dr. Hans Hehl
Until recently (May 2019) the program SuperCopy could be easily found on the Internet.
It's hard to believe, in 1996 the full version cost about 1.000 DM (500 EUR).
An excerpt from the internet presence of 1996! ----- Lieferumfang: SuperCopy gibt es in der preiswerten Grundversion mit 4 CP/M-Formaten der eigenen Wahl als SuperCopy mini CP/M für 299 DM oder das Gesamtprogramm als Supercopy Profi mit allen ca. 300 CP/M Formaten und allen MS-DOS Formaten, KOS-Treiber, dem AUTOCPM-Treiber und PC-tar 1.07 für 998 DM ----- Scope of delivery: SuperCopy is available in the inexpensive basic version with 4 CP/M formats of your choice as SuperCopy mini CP/M for 299 DM or the entire program as a Supercopy Profi with all approx. 300 CP/M formats and all MS-DOS formats, KOS driver, the AUTOCPM driver and PC-tar 1.07 for 998 DM -----