Replace Your Commodore 64 Disk Drive With Flash Memory
By James Grahame
The 1541-Ultimate II is a modern replacement for the Commodore 64's famed 1541 floppy disk drive. The original was slow and prone to misalignment, while the modern version uses removable flash memory and emulates various popular Commodore 64 cartridges such as the Action Replay, Super Snapshot and Retro Replay.
The 1541 Ultimate-II reads D64 and G64 formatted files from standard Micro SD cards and can emulate various drive versions including the 1541, 1541C and 1541 II.
While not for everyone, this device is definitely much easier to use in the modern world than an elderly electromechanical drive that requires a steady diet of aging 5.25" floppies. The 1541 Ultimate-II is in the final stages of development. As soon as the plastic case meets the designer's quality requirements, the product will be available for 129 Euros.