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Encapsulation of Floppy Disk

This tutorials explains how to encapsulate the contents of a floppy disk. Encapsulation of floppy disk is useful when you need to transfer the whole contents of non-standard floppy disk (e.g. Barudan FDR, Barudan FMC, ZSK, etc.) via Internet to your customer who does not have Embird software and needs only the right floppy disk for sewing.

Non-standard floppy disks are disks with designs stored in special format. These disks are not recognized and cannot be accessed in Windows Explorer or in common file manager - these applications report "Disk is not formatted" error when you attempt to read floppy disk contents. In Embird you can access non-standard floppy disks via Left Panel menu of Manager window. However, the non-standard floppy disk formats require low-level access and therefore the non-standard floppy disks are supported only when running Embird in Windows 98 or Windows ME. Embird does not support non-standard floppy disks when running in Windows NT, 2000 or XP.

During the encapsulation process, Embird will prepare stand alone executable file (.EXE) which you can attach to the e-mail  and send to your customer. After running this file at the recipient's PC, it will format the floppy disk and write the whole contents to the floppy disk. This is explained in Decapsulation of Floppy Disk tutorial.

Follow these steps to encapsulate the floppy disk:

1 - Run Embird, it will start in "Manager" mode.

2 - Insert the floppy disk into the floppy disk drive. Write your designs to this floppy disk using the steps explained in Writing Designs to Floppy Disk tutorial.

3 - Select "Left Panel -> Encapsulate Floppy Disk" menu (Picture No.1).

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Embird Tutorial - Encapsulation of Floppy Disk

4 - A dialog box will appear on the screen (Picture No. 2). Click "Start Encapsulation" button.

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Embird Tutorial - Encapsulation of Floppy Disk

5 - Choose the file name for the executable file which are you going to create. In this example, we are encapsulating floppy disk which contains three roses design, therefore the name of the file is "ROSES.EXE" (Picture No. 3). Click "Save" button after choosing the right name for your file.

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Embird Tutorial - Encapsulation of Floppy Disk

6 - Click "OK" button in the dialog box which prompts you for inserting the floppy disk into drive A: (Picture No. 4).

Picture No. 4

Embird Tutorial - Encapsulation of Floppy Disk

7 - The encapsulation process will start (Picture No. 5). Wait until the whole contents of the floppy disk is encapsulated into "ROSES.EXE" file.

Picture No. 5

Embird Tutorial - Encapsulation of Floppy Disk

8 - The executable file is now ready for sending to your customer. Run your e-mail client software and attach this file to your message.

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