|Expected release date is 19th Jun 2015|
Archive your Commodore floppies (and CMD HD partitions) to your contemporary PC, without the hassles of external parallel ports, IRQ settings, special adapters, bulky cables, or the alphabet soup of disk drive cable adapters. ZoomFloppy replaces all X*-1541 cables with a simple USB-based hardware device guaranteed to work with today's machines using today's multitasking operating systems. Simply plug into any free USB port, connect your CBM drive via a serial cable, and transfer data to or from your software collection.
NOTE: ZoomFloppy requires an IEC cable (sold separately), an IEEE cable if using the IEEE version and targeting IEEE drives (sold separately), and a USB to mini-USB cable (available at many computer stores).
More information is available at: http://www.go4retro.com/products/zoomfloppy/.
Stocking Note: The non-IEEE and the IEEE version differ only in the presence or absence of the IEEE connector. That said, they are stocked as two separate items and we are sometimes out of one or the other. If the IEEE version is out of stock, we can often solder connectors to the non-IEEE version, but the reverse is not true. Thus, if the non-IEEE version is showing as out of stock, please consider the IEEE version or check back, as we try to keep both in stock at all times.
June 9, 2015 Note: The store won't let me put just one variant in pre-order. I am awaiting IEEE ZoomFloppies, but the non IEEE version is in stock (I do not have any IEEE connectors, though, as I am ordering more). But, if you would like a ZomFloppy unit and don't need IEEE support, I will ship those out right away.
Posted by Chris Singley on 29th Nov 2011
ZoomFloppy is very easy to hook up and has only a small learning curve. I recommend that buyers familiarize themselves with the OpenCBM commands (http://opencbm.trikaliotis.net/opencbm-20.html) before getting started. For archiving, this product is worth its weight in gold.
Posted by Iain on 5th Nov 2011
I just started getting back into the C64/C128 scene and must admit it's awesome.
After downloading the drivers and installing them under Win 7 Ultimate 64 I plugged it in and voila, installed in one go. Using CBMXfer and D64Edit makes this tool a very powerful and nearly must for every C64 user out there !!
Posted by Steve on 22nd Oct 2011
Replaced my XAP1541 adapter. When you get it, there are no instructions. You have to go look them up on the internet. (search zoomfloppy manual). A little list would have been nice. You will probably need to update it as soon as you get it. Mine was v6 and needed to update to v7. I had trouble because the update.bat file wants it on the C: drive, and I had mine on the D: drive, and had to edit the .bat file. Then it worked.
Well, now that it was working with the openCBM program, and I got the CBMXfer.exe frontend all set up, then things started to take off. You will need to read allot of instructions. I know you are a guy and are anxious to get at it, but reading is essential.
You can make a d64 file from a floppy, and vice versa. (I could not transfer files within d64 files from the 1541). You leave the PC side on the PC setting, and you don't select files on the 1541 window, you just hit the lower green arrow, and follow the prompts. And vice versa for transfering a d64 to 1541 copy. Select the d64, and hit the top green arrow. Make sure you have "treat dxx as regular files", UNCHECKED.
You can load a c64 program in VICE. (drive 8 has to be configured as a IEC drive, check real IEC drive, under Settings/peripheral settings.), then Load"$",8 will get a directory on a real 1541. I have not gotten it to work with CCS64 v3.8. I don't think it recognizes the Zoomfloppy.
Even without the parallel cable, or a 1571 drive, it did copy some disks that had hidden directories, which would not copy before. So, I was surprised. I think it has a BAM copier, in the CBMXfer program. For g64, and copy protected games, you will need the parallel cable, OR buy a 1571 drive, they don't need the parallel cable hooked up inside, as far as I have read about it. So, I have one coming as I am not good at building my own cables.
Loading programs is still VERY SLOW on a real 1541. So making a D64 file is the way to go.
All in all I think you will be pleased with the results. I am no longer skeptical.
Posted by Dave Nowka on 27th Mar 2011
Got mine on thursday. Followed installation instructions contained in the PDF and was able to install under Win 7 Pro 64bit. After running the test BAT file it checked out. I then hooked up a 1541 that had a Datel Burstnibbler Parellel cable. I then used gui4cbm4win to test some things out on a non-protected disk. I was able to copy the whole disk, copy the files off the disk then write the whole D64 or just the files back to a disk. I formatted several disks also. Everything worked perfect. I will be testing it using NIBTOOLS on some protected disks next week. Couldn't be happier.
Posted by Paul Wilga on 24th Feb 2011
This item works great using the OpenCBM program and GUI frontend in XP. I wasn't sure how it would perform on my Mac running Parallels and XP, but it is absolutely flawless!
Setup was easy using the OpenCBM install driver and GUI, and the USB connection was a snap! I bought this item after attending the 2010 Chicago Commodore show. I must say, I am very impressed. I've made a number of D64 images and am very pleased with the ease of use and performance of the item.
Kudos to Jim Brain for once again providing a great, new piece of hardware for the Commodore enthusiast at a rock-bottom price! I didn't think he could top the micro SD device, but he definitely has with this little jewel. As I stated in my review of that item, using Jim Brain's new ZoomFloppy interface with the micro SD device to store D64 images is one powerful combination!
If you want to transfer, save, catalog, or archive your old C64 disks to D64 format, then I would highly recommend getting one of these units. It has never been easier. Thanks again to Jim for providing the Commodore hobbyist with another great piece of hardware!
Posted by Diddl on 8th Feb 2011
More and more PC doesn't have a parallel interface (LPTx). So it is difficult to connect floppy drives to PC. Now I have replaced my old XAP-1541 interface with this wonderful device.
It works perfectly for me on my Vista PC and my XP Netbook.
Posted by Lorin Millsap on 30th Jan 2011
I preordered this. I used to use Starcommander years ago with an ancient 386 machine that to me served no other purpose. This approach was slow, and getting the image files from that machine to a new one was a hassle, as the old machine could not burn disks and did not have networking, and the newer machines don't have floppy drives.
I have to say, this unit is pretty easy to use, its fast, and it is very affordable, and much easier than building your own adapter. The fact that it has built in support for parallel cables is an added bonus.
Use on the Mac actually isn't too bad. The software does have to be downloaded from multiple locations (Macports and the required Portsfile), the links for both are on the Mac instructions page. At this time, there is no Mac GUI, but the commands are documented, they just have to be typed into the Terminal. Its probably just a matter of time before a GUI is developed.
So Mac support does in fact work, and works well at that. I actually had more difficulty with setting the device up with VMware Fusion (setup failed in Windows 7, had to use XP instead!!!)