From Just Solve the File Format Problem
Revision as of 18:32, 14 March 2021 by Jsummers (Talk | contribs)

Jump to: navigation, search
File Format
Name LoadDskF/SaveDskF
Extension(s) .dsk, .1dk, .2dk, ...

LoadDskF and SaveDskF are floppy disk imaging utilities by IBM. They have an associated file format, sometimes called DSK or SKF. The format was notably used for OS/2 service packs.

It most likely contains an image of a FAT12 filesystem.

Some files are compressed. The compression scheme is some form of LZW.


Format details

The LoadDskF documentation says "all diskette sectors are written up to and including the highest occupied data sector". So, uncompressed files can probably be converted to raw FAT/IMA format by deleting the header, and appending padding if needed.


Old format files start with bytes 0xaa 0x58.

New format uncompressed files start with 0xaa 0x59.

New format compressed files start with 0xaa 0x5a.


  • DIUNPACK Rel. 3.03 (1996-01-30) (OS/2 software)
  • loaddf.zip - LoadDskF 1.16r (1993-01-14) and SaveDskF 1.14r (1992-05-26) - DOS and OS/2-compatible binaries; probably requires a floppy disk + drive.
  • DSKXTRCT - Exracts files (uncompressed disk images only) (OS/2 software)
  • dskdcmps - Decompresses compressed disk images (source code)
  • MAKEDSKF - Utility for creating disk images (OS/2 software)
  • 7-Zip can often handle uncompressed LoadDskF files, using its generic support for FAT.

Sample files

Personal tools