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Gotek drive setup for use with a Super Wild Card

Lets install a Gotek drive into a Super Nintendo Copier. The Gotek drive is a bank switching USB floppy emulator that runs floppy disk images from a USB drive. Archivists had identified the problem of media reliability long before now and have taken steps to preserve good versions of the software in digital archives (these efforts are ongoing). These archives coupled with a Gotek drive can resurrect your old software.

When we come to gaming, Copiers or Development Kits (as they were sometimes sold) have been around for years. Copiers generally made use of the most common mediums of the time; when we talk retrogaming we see many floppy drive/parallel dependant systems. The hardware itself is intriguing but from an application perspective there is nothing quite like throwing back to the existing hardware.

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Gotek Drive Black

While the SD options exist (e.g. the EverDrive) there is nothing quite like using the same hardware solutions from back in the day.

  • Multi-disk – check
  • Manually change disks – check
  • Get off your ass and walk to the TV – check

How to setup a Gotek drive for use with a Super Wild Card

The Gotek drive can be cheaply found on eBay or other sources, you do not want the AMIGA compatible drives

Assumptions,

you have in your possession

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Gotek Drive installed in a Super Wild Card Copier
  • A Gotek Drive and Software CD (non-AMIGA)
  • A Phillips-head screwdriver
  • Virtualbox installed with USB support
  • Windows XP in a Virtualbox VM
  • A USB drive (256MB minimum)

 

Start by installing the Gotek drive into the Super Wild Card (this is a drop-in operation, 5 Phillips-head screws), that is the easy bit done.

 

On the PC

  1. Attach USB drive to Virtualbox.
  2. Install UFDISKManager either,
  3. Open UFDISKManager. (Figure 1)
  4. Right click on the USB drive letter in UFDISKManager, select the 1st option. (Figure 2)
  5. Update the following. (Figure 3)
    • Select Format for the floppies you would like to make. (e.g. 1.44M)
    • Enter 100 into the number section.
    • Press Start format button.
  6. Press OK on the warning screen. (Figure 4)
  7. The title bar will update with the floppy index currently being created. (Figure 5)
  8. Once complete you will see the right hand pane populated 100 blank floppy images. (Figure 6)
  9. Double click on the first floppy at index 000
    • This action will mount the image (partition) and open an explorer window .(Figure 7)
  10. Copy your SWC file into the the explorer window. (Figure 8)
  11. Under the File menu select Save to write the floppy image. (Figure 9)
    • Note: do not double click another image index or your changes will be lost.
  12. Remove the USB device from the system and plug it into the Super Wild Card.

The Super Wild Card will operate normally. Change disks with the index buttons on the front plate of the Gotek unit.

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Figure 1
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Figure 2
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Figure 3
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Figure 4
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Figure 5
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Figure 6
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Figure 7
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Figure 8
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Figure 9

 

References

Original article provided here was a good reference to get this up and running

Tools

Other management options exist natively for linux.

Troubleshooting

This next part took me a while to correct. It is left here for reference.

IF you to use UFloppyManager instead and forget the stop the multi-floppy service your USB device will no longer work in windows.

This is a potential scenario if you close the program via the X at the top right of the window prior to stopping the service.

  • Re-plug the usb device
  • Enter device manager
  • Un-install the usb drive manually via the properties window
  • Re-plug the device
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