Atari STart Magazine Cover Disks
STart magazine ran from Summer of 1986 to April/May 1991. It usually used single-sided disks, but in November of 1989 they switched to a double-sided format but using a special bootsector that made them look like single-sided disks.
The last issue using the format was April 1990 (Vol 4, No 9) as explained in another Editorial Note
But the end result is that these disks are double-sided, but disk imaging software may mistake them for single-sided. This happened when all the STart disks were imaged, so existing collections of the disks are actually missing half the content.
Thanks to the help of Ian Muttoo in loaning me their disks, I've been able to archive all the affected disks.
I used Steem Engine 3.2 to create backups and extract their contents.
The December 1989 disk had a bad sector in the first track of the second side, but this seems to not have affected extraction.
I'm not certain if the archive format used (ARC) has checksums, or if it just produced corrupted output.
|October 1989 & earlier||Vol 4 No 3||No||Not needed|
|November 1989||Vol 4 No 4||Yes||Yes||The first issue affected.|
|December 1989||Vol 4 No 5||Yes||Yes|
|January 1990||Vol 4 No 6||Yes||Yes|
|February 1990||Vol 4 No 7||Yes||Yes|
|March 1990||Vol 4 No 8||Yes||Yes|
|April 1990||Vol 4 No 9||Yes||Yes||Last issue to use the Heidi Format|
|May 1990 - April/May 1991||Vol 4 No 10 - Vol 5 No 7||No||Not needed|