Coming from the TRS-80/TandyColor Computer lines, I had always heard of how slow some other systems disk storage were, regarding data transfer rates, etc... The CoCo lines disk storage was pretty fast - I never had any complaints other than the hurdles we had to jump thru to access double sides drives (either use flippies or modify the DOS).
I've got an Atari 800 system now with a 1050 disk drive, and am waiting to find some disk software to test the system (the 800 works great). Can some explain the reasons why the data transfer rates were so slow? I have heard that in many cases, the cassette was faster - is this true?
I've also heard and read about mods to the Atari drives to address this issue. Are any still available today? Are the SIO adapters available today prone to the same issues?