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OPL and Solid State Disks

Types of Solid State Disk

Solid State Disks (SSDs) are explained in detail in the User guide. There are two main reasons for using them:

There are two types Ram SSDs and Flash SSDs. They fit into the SSD drives marked "A" and "B", at either side of the Series 3a.

You can, though, save programs and data files to either kind of SSD, as you see fit.

How to put programs on an SSD

To create a new OPL module on an SSD, use the `New file' option in the System screen as before, but set the "Disk" line of the dialog to "A" or "B" as required.

To copy an OPL module onto an SSD, move onto the module name where it is listed under the Program icon, and use the `Copy file' option on the `File' menu. Set the `To file: Disk' line to "A" or "B". If you want this copy to have a different name to the original, type the name to use, on the `To file: Name' line. The new copy will appear in the list under the Program icon, but with "[A]" or "[B]" after its name.

To copy the translated version of an OPL module, move onto the name in the list under the RunOpl icon (to the right of the Program icon), then proceed as before.

SSDs from inside OPL

Your OPL programs can create or use data files on SSDs. To do so, begin the name of the data file with "A:" or "B:" for example:


tries to create a data file "JKQ" on an SSD in "B", while


tries to delete a data file "X300" on an SSD in "A".

Don't confuse the drive names "A" and "B" with the logical names "A", "B", "C" and "D". Logical names are unaffected by which drive a data file is on.

The internal memory can be referred to as "M:", if required. For example:

In this example, "MID$(A$,c%,1)" gives ""M"", ""A"" or ""B"", according to the choice made in the dialog. This is added on the front of "":X300"" to give the name of the file to delete ""M:X300"", ""A:X300"" or ""B:X300"".

When using data files with SSDs, follow the same guidelines as with OPL programs Flash SSDs are for one-off or "finished" information, while Ram SSDs are for information which is still being changed.

Directories and DOS structure

The internal memory and SSDs use a DOS-compatible directory structure, the same as that used by disks on business PCs. For more details, see the `Advanced Topics' chapter.

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