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CPCs could read discs formatted in three separate ways. Several high-capacity disc operating systems existed to add new formats to the three standard ones.
Standard CPC disc formats
- Data: 180k single-sided. 40 tracks of nine 512-byte sectors each. Sectors numbered &C1 to &C9. 64 directory entries. Can also be read by PCWs.
- System: 180k single-sided. 40 tracks of nine 512-byte sectors each. Sectors numbered &41 to &49. 64 directory entries. Two reserved tracks containing CP/M BIOS.
- IBM: 40 tracks of eight 512-byte sectors each. Sectors numbered &01 to &08. Provided for compatibility with CP/M-86 (?).
- Vendor: Term used for System format discs with no software in the reserved tracks.
Third-party CPC disc formats
- Xexor formats (also supported by ParaDOS)
- ROMDOS formats (also supported by ParaDOS: D80 supported by S-DOS and 400K/S)
- MS800 formats
- RODOS formats
- XD-DOS etc.??