Use your Amiga's first external Floppy Drive as DF0:Designed by SukkoPera's Retro Works in Italy
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What is it? OpenAmigaDriveSwitcher is an Open Hardware adapter that can make the first external floppy disk drive (DF1:) on an Amiga 500/500+ appear in place of the internal drive (DF0:). It also wor…Read More…
OpenAmigaDriveSwitcher is an Open Hardware adapter that can make the first external floppy disk drive (DF1:) on an Amiga 500/500+ appear in place of the internal drive (DF0:).
It also works on an Amiga 2000, however note that DF1: is still an internal drive on this computer.
OpenAmigaDriveSwitcher turns out really handy for people using a Gotek floppy drive emulator who don't want to mount it internally. In fact, this requires some case modding, both for fitting the drive and for making it useable, as having a display on the side of the Amiga is quite uncomfortable. Connecting the Gotek externally will not work out of the box for most games as they assume they are running on DF0:, which was the only bootable drive back in AmigaOS 1.x times.
Keeping a Gotek drive external also allows it to be used with different computers.
OpenAmigaDriveSwitcher comes as an adapter PCB that sits between the Even CIA chip and its socket and can make the external drive appear as DF0:. However, it does not fully swap the drives, which means that when it is enabled, the internal drive just "disappears", it does NOT become DF1:.
OpenAmigaDriveSwitcher is Open Hardware. If you make any modifications to the board, please contribute them back.
If you buy the component kit, this is what you will get:
Note that a switch (and the attaching cable) is NOT included by default, if you need it, make sure to select it among the product options!
OpenAmigaDriveSwitcher is provided to you 'as is' and without any express or implied warranties whatsoever with respect to its functionality, operability or use, including, without limitation, any implied warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose or infringement. We expressly disclaim any liability whatsoever for any direct, indirect, consequential, incidental or special damages, including, without limitation, lost revenues, lost profits, losses resulting from business interruption or loss of data, regardless of the form of action or legal theory under which the liability may be asserted, even if advised of the possibility or likelihood of such damages.
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Items will ship worldwide from Italy. Two methods are available for international orders:
PostaPriority Internazionale: This service has a sort of best-effort tracking system. It is the cheapest method and, depending on where you live, you might get some tracking information or not. If you choose this method, the shipment will be entirely at your risk, if the parcel gets lost you will get NO REFUND. This being said, in almost 2 years only a single parcel was lost.
Raccomandata Internazionale: Also known as "Tracked & signed for". It is more expensive but fully trackable and refundable. The shipping cost of a single kit is 10€ to Europe, 11.50€ to the US and 12.50€ to Africa, Asia and Australia.
Note that usually I only have time to prepare parcels in the weekends, so I usually only ship on Mondays.
Ali | Jan. 30, 2019
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