View Full Version : Question about Pet Drive

March 23rd, 2009, 08:27 PM
I have a Pet 4016 that Ive done nothing with for years because I have no way of getting software on it. Now that I have a 1541 drive, I was wondering is there anyway to get the drive to work on the pet? For some reason I think I remember when I was in school the Commodore 64's using some old pet drives because the school couldn't afford enough floppy drives. I could be wrong I was only about 5 or 6 years old at that time and soon after we were using apple 2's.

March 24th, 2009, 02:18 AM
Sorry, two different interfaces. There may be one or another obscure bridge between the IEC bus used on the VIC/C64/1541 and the IEEE used on PET and associated drives. In school you probably used an IEEE-488 interface on the C64 to connect it to a PET drive.

However if you come across a 2031, 2040, 3040 or 4040 drive, these are mostly read compatible with the 1541. It means if you get means to transfer software to a 1541 disk, those other PET style drives will be able to read the disks. It is not true for the quad density drives 8050 and 8250 though.

Tape recorders however are more compatible, so if you have a C2N or 1530 it will fit the PET as well. You may even be able to load and save C64 programs, although not execute most of them as the computers themselves are quite different.