Tutorial:- Setting up a 4gb CF HDD with Classic Workbench & WHDLoad for Amiga 13


I spent some time today creating a video tutorial for installing Classic Workbench with WHDload Games onto a 4gb CF card, it seems to be a commonly asked question for a guide (from start to finish) so here it is in video form!

This is intended to be the most basic steps to achieve the objective so that people returning to the scene can get up and running as easily and trouble free as possible

I didn’t cover optimised file systems and large drives, etc as I didn’t want the guide to be overly complex. Please allow yourself plenty of time if you plan to do the installation, the video it’s self is over 30 minutes long and there were a lot of times the video was stopped for processes to complete. I would say to setup a drive and Classic Workbench from absolute scratch allow 1-2 hours depending on how many Games you want!

The Video is still processing, it will be in HD once processing has finished. Lighting wasn’t great so it is a little grainy in places but where you have to read text on screen it’s fine ๐Ÿ™‚

Anyway, I hope it helps some people who otherwise might have struggled…


13 thoughts on “Tutorial:- Setting up a 4gb CF HDD with Classic Workbench & WHDLoad for Amiga

  1. Duarte Apr 5,2013 10:12 am

    Hi, congrats for your excellent tutorial. Could you tell me if it is possible to install a pre made hdf file ( with all the whdoad games and software, demos etc ) 11gb size, into a CF card and use it on a A1200? it would be great because it would save a lot of time installing stuff. There is a hdf torrent on piratebay with these features, thanks.

    • fitzsteve Apr 6,2013 11:38 am


      You can mount the HDF file in WinUAE and copy the contents of each partition to your CF card.

      Drives larger then 4gb need a file system like SFS or FFS3 and need a patch to the scsi.device to support larger drives.

      Classic Workbench has all the tools so maybe I will do a tutorial for larger drives soon ๐Ÿ™‚


      • Duarte Apr 6,2013 12:48 pm

        That would be wonderful, iยดll be waiting for your tutorial, meanwhile i must decide whats best: upgrade my A500/with 512KB & Hxc floopy emulator, or buy a nice A1200 with some RAM and CF drive….Thank you very much and keep up the quality work.

  2. Scott Apr 5,2013 8:59 pm

    Great vid mate.. Interesting info, I did not know before.. Set this up in the past as you said once done it gets easyier

  3. Scott Apr 5,2013 9:01 pm

    Any chance of a 3.9 install as I have been at it for weeks to no avail!! Lol

  4. Scott Apr 7,2013 8:14 pm

    HiI thanks for the link but tried this before and always fails when trying to load aimcdrom software, followed instructions but always fails cannot find installer any more ideas!!! But at min happy with classic advsp.. Keep up the good work thought I was the only amiga user left in the uk!!!! Lol

  5. aboy Sep 19,2013 6:55 am

    hi! I recently bought an SD card adapter for the A1200, but did not installed yet. The partition settings on your video fits to SD card too? I mean the part where you change some advanced settings, like max transfer, etc…


    • fitzsteve Oct 4,2013 9:48 am

      Hi aboy, sorry for the late reply. Indeed the settings in my guide also works for SD cards. Good luck with your project ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Kai Dec 24,2013 7:36 pm

    Hi Fitzsteve,

    Many thank’s for this awesome tutorial, It’s been a long time since I installed CWB and I have to say it’s come on a long way.
    So kudos to you for this tut, and to Bloodwych for CWB, and of course a big thanks to Jens for the awesomeness that is the ACA500!
    I’m loving mine already. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • fitzsteve Dec 27,2013 12:02 am

      Thanks for the kind words, I’m glad it helped and congrats on the ACA500, a great bit of kit ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Craig Sep 14,2014 7:43 pm

    Just wondering if you are still running the set up service? I have followed the guide to the letter but I cant get the amiga or winuae to display all the partitions once they have been created. Not sure if the fault is with the card, adaptor or something I keep missing.

    • fitzsteve Sep 21,2014 7:29 am

      Hi! I don’t do them very often now, just the odd one. If you send me a message through Youtube we can sort something out ๐Ÿ™‚

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