Creating Ensoniq formatted CD-ROM's from Ensoniq Floppies

Question: I've got a bunch of EPS floppies and Windows XP; I want to make an Ensoniq CD-ROM out of them. How do I do it?

Answer: It's possible, and it's free! But it's a little involved, so let's go through it.

Here's the basic steps. I'll list these, then got through them one by one.

Please note that this article applies only to PC, not Mac.

You can use a variety of commercial programs for this; Ensoniq MIDI-Disk Tools or Disk Tools, Gielber's EDM, or other. For our purposes, we will use the free EPSDisk.

Download the Translator Free software from This includes the EPSDisk software, plus Translator Free which we'll use in Step 2.

If you are using Win98 or WinME, you can use EPSDisk in "DOS" or in a shell. Follow the instructions in epsdisk.txt and make .efe or .efa files from the floppy in question. You can do this with Instruments, Sequences, etc.

If you are using Windows XP or Windows 2000, you need to access EPSDisk a little differently. Go to the Knowledge Base article on the Rubber Chicken web site to get a Win98 bootdisk that runs EPSDisk. Download the boot disk, use it (read the readme file), to get those .efe or .efa files onto your hard drive.

Important Note: You can also use EPSDisk to make Disk Images of your floppies - these differ from .efe file in that they represent the whole floppy disk rather than just a file. Disk Images use the extension .gkh. This may be easier than doing the .efe's one at a time.

The next step is to install Translator Free, and then start it up. Using Translator Free, first create a Virtual Drive formatted to Ensoniq. Go to Tools-Create Virtual Drive-New..., then select Ensoniq for the format type.

You will then see a "Virtual Drive" entry on the left, and an Ensoniq folder under that. Click the plus sign next to that, and you will see your new blank Virtual Drive.

This is what you will write to the CD-R that will eventually go into your Ensoniq.

Right click on the Virtual Drive, you will see that you can write Directories and other things. SInce each Directory on an Ensoniq disk only holds 38 files, you will need to create some.

So let's write the .efe, .efa, or .gkh files onto this Virtual Drive.

For .efe's or .efa's, get them onto the right hand side of the screen. Just to start out, take one of them and drag it from the right to the left, dropping it on your Virtual Drive. If you drop it on the Virtual Drive itself, it will write the file in the Root directory. If you drop it on a Directory, it will write it to that Directory (of course).

Note that you can select multiple .efe files on the right, and drag them over.

For .gkh files, you will need to "register" those as Virtual Drive's themselves. Simply do Tools-Register Virtual Drives, and select one (or all) of your .gkh files. They will show up under your Virtual Drives-Ensoniq folder, just like your own created Virtual Drive. From there, select the gkh/Virtual Drive on the left and the file show up on the right. Drag one or all from the right and drop them on the left, just like you would have with the .efe files.

A Virtual Drive is simply a file that contains the contents of the CD as-is. it's commonly called a "image file." Use your burning software to burn this "image" onto your CD. Remember, you are burning the Virtual Drive AS the CD, not as a file on the CD. For mopre info on this, please see the Translator Free Help File under Virtual Drives, or see our online Help at

OK, you now should have an Ensoniq-formatted CD! Put that into your CD-ROM Drive and access it as any other drive.

If you have any questions, plus contact us at [email protected] Please no not ask us any questions concerning burning the Virtual Drive to CD-R - our articles say everything possible, burning software should be forwarded to your burning software manufacturers instructions or support.

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