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uIEC/SD

  • Top view of uIEC/SD with deluxe daughtercard.  2 IEC ports are under the uIEC/SD and the jack on the left side is for USB power.
  • Side view of uIEC/SD with Daughtercard
  • You can also plug uIEC/SD in at a right angle
  • uIEC/SD bottom view
  • uIEC/SD side view
Price:
$60.00
SKU:
UIEC-SD-DD
Weight:
1.00 Ounces
Shipping:
Calculated at checkout
Expected release date is 15th Aug 2018


Product Description

Hold the entire collection of Commodore games and utilities in the palm of your hand! No more lugging a CBM disk drive around, worrying about disk “rot”, swapping disks, and being without your favorite software. Transfer files to the Commodore simply by dragging files to the solid state SD/SDHC card on your PC/Mac. Need more storage? Visit the local big box store or online e-tailer for gigabytes of solid state storage.

The “Micro” IEC offers that and more, supporting Secure Digital (SD) and SDHC solid state storage up to 32GB in size, emulating the CBM DOS functionality (including select CMD HD DOS operations), and supporting the JiffyDOS drive transfer protocol. The unit is small enough to embed, but large enough to satisfy even the most discerning retro-computer enthusiast.

The device even offers the ability to better itself after purchase. As new firmware updates are released, simply copy the new firmware to the SD card, reset the device, and watch it upgrade itself.

Think about it, this addition to your Commodore collection is new and costs less than the going eBay-rate for a 1581. But the Storage capacity is Far beyond a 1581! Switching out SD Cards (which are cheap) is a snap - each SD Card is like adding another free 1581 drive or any other 1571 or 1541 drive. And FAST, the uIEC is faster than any mechanical drive without wearing out parts!

All of this in 2.25 square inches of silicon and circuitry. Grab one or more today!

Notes:

  • For correct operation, the unit requires a Commodore IEC serial cable (available in our store, though any disk drive serial cable should work)
  • In order to utilize the JiffyDOS transfer speeds, the computer must have JiffyDOS installed. JiffyDOS is available in our store.
  • uIEC/SD is available in 3 configurations:
    • bare: The unit comes without any daughtercard or connector.  This option is useful for folks wishing to add an additional unit to a uIEC/SD Deluxe Daughtercard
    • edge connector: The unit is supplied with just the 1x13 edge connector.  This is useful for folks planning to embed the uIEC/SD into another structure.
    • deluxe: The base unit is paired with a small PCB (this is useful for folks who desire less clutter and want the unit close to the machine. 
      The PCB provides:
      • 2 IEC ports (which allows daisy chaining)
      • buttons for swap list navigation
      • a reset button
      • a jumper configuration setting that allows or prevents a machine reset from also resetting the drive.
      • direct connection to the C64/C128 cassette port for power
      • dual uIEC/SD connectors, to allow vertical or horizontal configuration
      • Mini USB port for external power (use any standard 5V phone charger, or a cable to your PC

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  1. A fantastic option for bulk file storage! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 17th Feb 2018

    I recently purchased the uIEC with the deluxe daughter card. The primary use will be to serve as the mass storage device used by my BBS. It has worked flawlessly and it is an absolute bargain. The LEDs are a nice touch to indicate it is operating correctly and the buttons on the daughter board make it easy to perform swaps of mounted d64 images. I have mine daisy chained inline with a 1541 Ultimate 2 and 1581 disk drive. You will want JiffyDOS installed in your Commodore for best performance.

    Highly recommended!


  2. How does anyone get by without one of these? 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 14th Nov 2017

    Highly recommend to anyone to pick up a JiffyDOS Kernal ROM from here as well to go along with this fantastic piece of hardware. You will not believe how much faster load times are with both!! Don't forget to add the cable as well if you need one. I plan to mount this one internally in my C64-C when I finish recapping the board and will pick up another for my Breadbin when that is done.

    Must point out that shipping time was much quicker than I was expecting. Definitely will recommend Retro Innovations to anyone looking for one of these devices.


  3. Hard to believe 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 10th Jul 2017

    Converting from my old 1571's to the uIEC/SD (deluxe) was one of the best things I could do to bring new life into the beast. Using WarpCopy and the 64NIC+ I was able to finally archive my floppies to image files and stop worrying about floppy bit rot... and with a 32GB SD card in the uIEC, I still have what seems like endless space. My 64 does not have JiffyDOS, but the uIEC works well with my Fastload, Mach 5, and the SJLoad software loader. The FB/FB64 menu software makes using this a breeze, but it was very quick to pick up how to move around using just the good old DOS Wedge. Well made. Well packed for shipping to avoid damage. Arrived very quickly. I really couldn't be happier.


  4. Works as expected 4 Star Review

    Posted by on 20th Jun 2017

    For one off loading of files, it is fine. As for using it in a multi drive environment, it is the BEST I have used, and works... Somewhat. The problem (seems to be) the timing / clock. When used alone it is flawless, but on a chain of drives, there are still a few lockup issues. Testing continues. . .


  5. i had a SD2iec, but once i bought this i sold it. this is the fastest and the coolest! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 29th Apr 2017

    The Sd2iec I had was confusing. This blew it away! Plugs into cassette plug and shows up as drive 10. Load"fb64",10. Works so simply and easy, I also have my geos 128 2.1r using the drive as a ram drive, makes geos super fast(geos thinks it's a1581). It's so much faster then the Sd2iec I had, pretty much loads instantly!
    This is a must buy! Worth every penny. No regrets..


  6. Modernize your C64/128 with mass storage 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 19th Apr 2017

    Initially, I purchased this device because I thought is was cool. The ability to put a mass SD/SDHD card onto a 30 y/o computer was an incredible thought.

    However, it is much, much more. It has completely changed the way I use the computer. The learning curve was not steep, but there was one. I have a 16 GB SDHD in service and nearly all my programs are on the device. I installed JiffyDOS on the main board and on my drives. Navigating the directories are effortless and executing programs are grand.

    If you are serious about pressing your C64/128 into service, this is a must buy.

    Jazzy_J


  7. Works Well 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 5th Mar 2017

    I got this and JiffyDos, the load times are very quick. This is much better than the 1541 drive.


  8. A solution to my failing floppies! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 12th Feb 2017

    Great product. You can put .d64 images on it, nest them in a folder structure as on your mac/pc/nix, and "change directory" into actual folders and .d64 images directly using open 15,10,15,"CD:image.d64":close15 . Documentation links provided in Jon's review helped immensely. Default device is 10 but can be changed to 8 (or 9 or 11) temporarily or permanently.

    The only image I've found so far that would not work was Impossible Mission II's .d64 as it evidently reprograms a 1541, which is unsupported with the uIEC. For that I used ZoomFloppy to write to a new(ish) diskette.

    As my floppies are all starting to disintegrate, this is a great product to keep my old programs working. And on an SD card, I can fit all of them into a tiny memory card.


  9. High Quality 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 22nd Jan 2017

    Just put a file browser and games on a sdcard, and update the firmware(optional, the default works good), and you're good to go. Kinda wish he sold a case to go with it but no biggie.

    Got the deluxe version with daughtercard. I use it with a breadbin c64 and epyx fast load cart. (I recommend using it with a fast loader of some type).

    Some multi-disk games work with this, and some dont.


  10. Great for running a BBS 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 21st Dec 2016

    What I find is the best thing about this device is that it will recognize 12 partitions on an SD card whereas all the other SD2IEC devices I've tried only recognize two partitions. The 12 partition feature made this device ideal for running a Commodore BBS from.


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