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The simplest method of archiving old C-64 disks would be to get a ZoomFloppy and a 1571 floppy drive from eBay. I say 1571 because it's much less likely to have alignment problems. The ZoomFloppy will allow you to control the 1571 from a Windows, Linux or MacOS computer. You can convert the disks into .d64 images that are suitable for use with an emulator ...


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ZIP drives come with many different types of interfaces. The most prevalent were: Internal ATAPI version, most commonly installed in PCs. (An IDE version also existed, but was rather uncommon.) External Parallel port version, most commonly connected to PCs. Internal SCSI version, most commonly installed in early Macs. External SCSI version, most commonly ...


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Unless you expect to be reading "flippy" diskettes (recorded by flipping disk over), the DeviceSide FC-5025 will let you image C-64 diskettes using any contemporary machine with a USB port: http://www.deviceside.com/fc5025.html Unlike the ZoomFloppy, this will not support writing to diskettes. It's intended for image capture only.


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The program "Dumpers" use is warpcopy, it does require some additional hardware, i.e. network cartridge for the C64, a full C64 setup and a diskettedrive (1541-II recommended as it is the easiest to access to clean the head), a PC and network cable. WarpCopy works as a client server, the C64 being the server and the pc the client, automatic file naming is ...


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Another solution, albeit somewhat out of date, is to connect an original 1541 disk drive to a PC via the parallel port using a special cable and software like "The Star Commander" by Joe Forster (available from http://sta.c64.org/sc.html). Doing it this way is more of a labor-of-love approach as you need to get your hands on an original 1541 disk drive, ...


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Someone at a local Commodore Users Group might be able to help you archive them since you don't have access to a working floppy drive. Many of the old user's groups still exist. The Global Commodore User's Group would be a good place to ask if you're not sure if there is one in your area. Their main purpose is to keep the local groups connected and help ...


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Nibblers that are utilizing opencbm on a PC need a faster-than-stock connection to read the GCR encoding in real time. There are a couple of solutions, the most common of which requires a ZoomFloppy. To nibble from a 1541 requires a parallel port. 1571 drives are much faster due to better hardware, allowing ZoonFloppy to nibble over serial.


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I don't think this has been mentioned but if you have no interest in actually using the disks, then perhaps you could donate them to someone that could archive them for you. Then, if you choose to use the images you can load them in an emulator such as VICE. If there aren't too many of them, I would be happy to archive them for you. I can even send them ...


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There is soft for archiving on paper (here). See a discussion about archiving on paper here. Even specialized soft for archival of cryptographic keys on paper exist (see here. Of course, this will nor survive a fire, but is much more reliable under the correct circumstances than magnetic tapes and even optic (printed paper can last centuries). Of course, ...


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A not too long time ago I tried these combinations, without any problems (or any special sw installations). External USB, Linux & Windows 7/10 Internal (I belive) IDE, Linux & Windows XP The Linuxes were some current version of Ubuntu.


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They made USB Zip drives for all three size variants (100, 250, 750) that are all standard USB Mass Storage devices. They are simple plug-and-play on a modern OS. I suggest you purchase one on eBay, where they are widely available. The 250 model seems prevalent since it was at the overlap of USB and when Zip was still relevant. Zip drives can always read ...


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A parallel cable helps to copy special formatted disks with an original drive connected to a C64 or even a PC. The problem is the limited RAM (2 KB) on a 1541 that prevents to store a full track keeping all details of the format. With a parallel cabling it's possible to transfer on the fly of a full track. An example for such a picky format is GEOS with its ...


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For PC connectivity you win absolutely nothing. Various devices that allow connecting a 1541 (and others) to PC will still talk IEC to the drive, regardless whether they use USB, serial or parallel to PC. There are two devices that are praised for their data transfer abilities - ZoomFloppy and KryoFlux - the former uses IEC as well but has optional ...


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