Strange peripherals… the Triton Quick Disk
When it comes to disk drives, most of us will have used the 1541 or the 1571 with our trusty C64/C128. If you were lucky, you could have been one of the few to have actually owned a 1581 back in the day and used it with the smaller and sturdier 3.5” disks.
But if you really wanted something exotic as a disk drive, then the Triton Quick Disk might have been something to consider.
In the mid-80s a 2.8” floppy disk drive, the Triton Disk Drive, was introduced by Radofin Electronics, Ltd.
Next to compatibility with the breadbox, it worked just as well with the other popular home computers of the time (ZX Spectrum, MSX, …).
This compatibility was achieved by means of an operating system stored on an EPROM on an external controller that came included in the package.
What made this floppy system special is that the Triton combined the floppy disk rotation with a continuous linear tracking of the head and hence created a single spiral track along the disk similar to a record groove. This was in contrast to the traditional disk drive where individual tracks were be accessed by positioning the read/write head with the step motor.
The “spiral” was completed within eight seconds which meant that consecutive access time was restricted to eight seconds and that formatting a disk became extremely fast.
The Quick Disk could hold up to 100 Kbytes of data and had a transfer rate of 101.6 Kbits/sec which made it a very fast drive for the day… and for the price.
The whole system would only set you back for roughly 150 Euro – a decent price for a decent piece of equipment.