USB drive would be the holy grail

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toddvernon
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USB drive would be the holy grail

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As primarily a MAC user the entire "getting the JR going" thing has been an experience. Got the jrIDE working, got the zip drive working, all is good. But I can't help but wonder how much better this journey would have been if I could have booted, or at least transferred, using USB sticks. Though about starting a project with a PII or maybe Arduino to interface a USB stick with the Jr. Even with the JrIDE time is slipping away for these machines.

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Re: USB drive would be the holy grail

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Todd...
GOTEK makes a usb device that acts as a 'drive'
I bought a couple from Kevin (texelec) and while they work great, it is basically the size of a disk drive.
you can have up to 100 disk #0-100 on a stick they are still only 360 / 720 k size ugh....
Look at my system in the Gallery the top drive is the USB GOTEK drive.
You can boot from it, if set up as drive A, and it is nice to have different flavors of DOS .
ie.
#0 = DOS2
#1 = DOS3
etc...

I will post more info here in a bit...
“I never commit to memory anything that can easily be looked up in a book.” (AE)

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Re: USB drive would be the holy grail

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Interested. As a primary Mac user with no other PC devices, this sounds interesting, Zip is great and works but its ultimately a retrograde platform serving a retrograde platform! Thanks for the post, haven't run across this yet!

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Re: USB drive would be the holy grail

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Wouldn't the key to interfacing a USB STICK to IDE be the driver?

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Re: USB drive would be the holy grail

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Maybe, not sure.

The key design feature would be a sidecar with a USB port. That would be THE BOMB.

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