The Ensoniq Disk Extractor Tutorial

You will need:

Ensoniq Disk Extractor, operation system files, and any other files that associate with the program such as the orginal ASR 10 inbox sounds. If you do not have these then you can get them at the EMU/Ensoniq support page. They have the orginal inbox sounds, sound effects, and the latest operating system disks.


Disk Image: Any ensoniq file that is read by the PC. This could be a EFE, EFA, EDE, EDA, and etc. This program only reads files that begin with ED.

Purpose of the program:

The Ensoniq Disk Extractor by Giebler Enterprises only works in one direction. That is, it writes disk image files to diskettes using your PC. It also formats your disk to ensoniq format while it writes the disk image to your disk.

Files it can work with:

The only files that are associated with the Ensoniq Disk Extractor are files that begin with ED such as EDE, EDA, EDS, EDV, EDT, and etc. These are files that were made up by the programmer(s) who wrote this program.

The EDA file represents an ASR 10 file, not the ASR X. The EDE file represents an EPS file while the others represent some other old ensoniq products that I have never heard before. Bottom line, if the disk image you want to write does not begin with ED, you can not do jack with this program here.

How to use it:

This is a pretty simple and straight forward program. First you open the execution file of course. It's a DOS based program. You will then get a screen that says "PROGRAM INFORMATION" with a bunch of jabbering about registration and other products that are available by the company. Wait until the bottom of the screen says "Press any key to enter" and do so. Then you will get a reminder message telling you to register. To continue on just press the letter that it tells you to press. I hope you know your alphabets. Now, we come across a screen that says "ENSONIQ DISKS" On the bottom of the blue screen you a have statement asking "Copy from Ensoniq Disk Image File #:_" Near the top of your blue screen you have a table of contents with all the compatible disk images that are located in the same directory as the program is in. The disk image BLANK stands for a blank formated disk. For instance if it is an ASR BLANK, then that file stands for a blank formated disk for the ASR 10. All you do is insert a disk into your PC (it does not have to be formated at all) and enter the number that corresponses to the disk image that you want to write. Hit enter and the program will tell you to enter a disk and hit enter. You know the disk is in there so hit enter again and wait until it's done. This should take about one to two mintues. Once finished, unless you want to make multiple copies with more disks, hit ESC to leave the session. To write something else to a new disk then repeat the previous steps. To exit the program just hit ESC, Y, wait for the message to tell you to hit any key to continue, and do so. Close the window and that's it. Take your disk and use it on your ASR 10 or EPS, peace.

Written by Mike Nithaworn