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    Default Recommendations for a solid state 1541 disk drive replacement

    Hi,

    My list of Commodore computers is expanding and I now have a C16 and Plus/4 in the stable. Having a range of models and needing to get some software for the C16 and Plus/4, I'm thinking about one of those flash-card solutions.

    There are a few products so does anyone out there have any tips or advice what would be best? I'd want it to be usable for the Vic 20, C64, C16 and Plus/4 so essentially it's a substitute for my venerable 1541-II drive.

    Thanks!

    Tez
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    Quote Originally Posted by tezza View Post
    Hi,

    My list of Commodore computers is expanding and I now have a C16 and Plus/4 in the stable. Having a range of models and needing to get some software for the C16 and Plus/4, I'm thinking about one of those flash-card solutions.

    There are a few products so does anyone out there have any tips or advice what would be best? I'd want it to be usable for the Vic 20, C64, C16 and Plus/4 so essentially it's a substitute for my venerable 1541-II drive.

    Thanks!

    Tez
    If you want a full replacement for the 1541, that will allow you to run copy-protected 1541 disks you want the 1541 ultimate I which works in "standalone" mode and will work with all IEC-based commodore machines. The 1541 ultimate II only works on the C64 at the moment, but standalone mode is promised. 1541U's are fairly expensive.

    If you just want to run normal software then I recommend the uIEC. It's fast and cheap.

    Steve
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    Quote Originally Posted by sjgray View Post
    If you just want to run normal software then I recommend the uIEC. It's fast and cheap.Steve
    If he is intending to use these on a Plus/4 and/or C16, he'll need to be aware of the power requirements, since those two machines do not have the standard cassette port, from which the uIEC normally derives power.

    Not a show-stopper, but just something to keep in mind, altho I second the motion for the uIEC.

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    Quote Originally Posted by azog View Post
    If he is intending to use these on a Plus/4 and/or C16, he'll need to be aware of the power requirements, since those two machines do not have the standard cassette port, from which the uIEC normally derives power.
    There are the other SD2IEC's being sold by other manufacturers --

    the SD2IEC from http://www.sd2iec.co.uk (with casings that can look like miniature C= drives and with different options to get power)
    the C64SD Infinity v2.0 from Manosoft at http://www.manosoft.it/?lang=en
    the SD2IEC from Poland (very inexpensive, sold on eBay.co.uk but currently not there)
    the SD2IEC Evo2 from Germany (real-time clock, optional LCD display, sold on eBay.co.uk)

    Truly,
    Robert Bernardo
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    If you're looking for something to experiment with in addition to disk support, have a look at the Commodore Flyer Internet modem. It has a small emulated disk but can pull images off of a TCP/IP based server. It's not exactly a simple flash-card solution nor inexpensive but it is an interesting device. The Flyer supports IEC and IEEE-488 so you could use it on the PETs as well. I have one myself. http://www.retroswitch.com/products/flyer/

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    Thanks for those suggestions. Seems like there is a bit of choice.

    Yes, the 1541 ultimate looks pretty good although I would need a standalone version. I'll check out the others.

    Tez
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    If he is intending to use these on a Plus/4 and/or C16, he'll need to be aware of the power requirements, since those two machines do not have the standard cassette port, from which the uIEC normally derives power.

    Not a show-stopper, but just something to keep in mind, altho I second the motion for the uIEC.
    Indeed, the uIEC is by far the best option in terms quality/price and a great entry device.

    I've built mine into a case with a minidin to power it from the C16 datasette connector, when I want to use it in the C64, I just need to plug a C16->C64 datasette converter and its done.

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    Just to wrap this up. My positive experience with an SD21EC
    http://www.classic-computers.org.nz/...commodores.htm

    Tez
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    Unless this is a different name on purpose, then it's sd2iec (sd 2 iec bus adapter).

    Later,
    dabone

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    No, you got it. I misread the I for a 1

    Tez
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