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Hooking up an actual CD-ROM drive to the Commodore

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Hooking up an actual CD-ROM drive to the Commodore

Some time ago, I wrote an article on how you could use a regular “music” CD as a medium to store your applications for the C64. The way you loaded the programs was similar to the process involved when loading data from tape. Expanding on this idea of having your data stored on a CD, […]

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Strange peripherals… Commodore hard drives

When we consider hard disks for the Commodore C64/C128, one name always pops up: the HD20 from CMD (Creative Micro Designs). This drive had an internal 6502A CPU, 64 KB of RAM and an EPROM containing the boot system for the drive and it sported a whopping 20 MB, which could be extended up to […]

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Strange peripherals… JiffyDOS

In the last couple of weeks, I’ve occasionally mentioned JiffyDOS as an important component in really getting the full benefits of peripherals like the 1581 drive and the HD20 hard drive. It’s only fitting that in this week’s episode of “Stranger peripherals…”, I’ll elaborate a bit more on this great piece of hardware. JiffyDOS was […]

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Strange peripherals… the HD20 hard disk

The weekend is about to begin, so this means it’s time for another “Strange Peripherals…” episode!
After all the different types of disks such as a RAM disk, the infamous 1581 disk drive and the Quick Data Drive, it’s time to take a look at something we usually only associate with PCs: a hard drive.[…]