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Commodore 64 Floppy USB Adapter

Posted by Nik on March 12, 2009

Yes, this is a retro article, but with a modern twist.

The Commodore 64 is to date the best-selling computer of all time and hasn’t been topped. An all too common item to be seen next to the C64 was the 1541 floppy disk drive. This actually was in fact more than just a disk drive. It was a computer because it did contain a microprocessor (this one, in fact).

Everybody knows what USB is. Everything connects to it. Keyboards, mice, printers, digital cameras, network devices (wired or wireless), lights, humping dogs, you name it..

However the one thing that has never existed is a 5¼-inch USB floppy drive. Oh sure, you can get the 3½-inch USB version easily, but no 5¼ is to be found; it doesn’t exist.

Being that there are mountains of old C64 software out there that people are looking to archive, a USB solution was needed for the old 1541 5¼-inch drive. And wouldn’t you know it, someone built one.

The xum1541 is an actual home-brew solution for the Commodore 1541 that will allow it to interface to a PC via USB.

Here it is in action:

This, dear friends, is true computer hacking. If it doesn’t exist, build it. Hopefully this will be made into a for-sale product later on as I’m sure there are many C64 owners who would love to be able to back up their piles and piles of disks with a simple adapter like the xum.

Hey, if they could make an Apple II Ethernet Module, anything is possible, right?

7 thoughts on “Commodore 64 Floppy USB Adapter”

Boomer12k says:
C64 Disks are being converted for PC Emulation all the time….C64.com; Gamebase64.com….on Gamebase 25,000 files have been converted to Emulation…lots in other languages….over 16,000 in English… Even the VERY HARD TO CRACK “Realms of Darkness” adventure, which needed help from the author, and Prince of Persia…They even found and fixed up…”DAFFY DUCK”!!!! AMAZING!!!!
Get the GB64 collection…V14….
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Boomer12k says:
I am looking for a C64 USB DRIVE adapter…use a regular USB stick, with your C64…I have a Basic version of the Xum adapter, and it worked well with my 1541…but I am looking to use USB as storage, and RUN D64 files on a REAL C64…..probably not going to happen….but I thought I would look…:-)
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Stack says:
@ Why?

Evidently you’ve never owned a C-64 and if you have… you may have forgot the glory of it. For some it was just a computer to have in their house, like an encyclopedia collection if you will, it was nice to have, but how often did you actually use it?? For others however, it was a modern marvel with limitless possibilities. Gaming, recipes, hacking, sprites, MIDI, SAM, word processing, BBS’s, programming, and an introduction to the internet before the internet. Using an emulator is fine if you want to stroll down memory lane, but somethings gets lost in the translation. It may seem silly to invest energy into such a project. For some it’s like being reunited with an old friend!

Stack

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john devoy says:
It would be useful the other way as well, people that have/collect original c64 games might need to re-record the floppy due to bitrot; put a working version back into the packaging.
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why? says:
whats the point, i thought every piece software was already on torrent that u can download and run on a c64 emu on pc?!
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Rich Menga says:
Wrong. There are literally hundreds of software titles that never made it to the internet from the C64. And the only way to retrieve them is from the original 5.25 diskettes.
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jdeb says:
Rich,
I think you really hit the nail on the head here. Nice find brother, you brought this up on the live show and ran with it. It really has some value… You are awesome, I look forward to every Wednesday. Your knowledge and experience brings great light (like glc) to this website. Keep bringing the value.
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jdeb says:
i got a little extra doe to throw at it
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jdeb says:
Dave,
I think you really hit the nail on the head here. Nice find brother, you brought this up on the live show and ran with it. It really has some value… You are awesome, I look forward to every Wednesday. Your knowledge and experience brings great light (like glc) to this website. Keep bringing the value.
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