The MicroDrive IDE Controller is a device that once installed in the Apple IIgs or Enhanced IIe acts like a solid-state Hard Drive using Compact Flash Cards. Comes with preloaded 128 MB Compact Flash Card to start using the MicroDrive right out of the box!
Software included is GS/OS v6.0.1, ShrinkIt, Copy II+, MicroDrive Utilities, DiskMaker8, DSK2File, DOS.MASTER and different AE Memory Testers. Pretty much everything you will need to start transferring and unpacking software from the Internet and using your Apple IIgs.
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Why use Compact Flash Cards? They are readily available, inexpensive, low power, noiseless, shock proof, removable and last almost forever - things that can't be said about mechanical Hard Drives. However, it is still possible to use some older IDE Hard Drives with the MicroDrive Controller if desired.
Do you download software from the Internet and wonder how to get it to your Apple II or spend lots of time doing so? With the MicroDrive IDE Controller it's now super easy! Just remove the Compact Flash Card from your MicroDrive, insert it in to your PC and using the >CiderPress software< that comes with the MicroDrive you can read and write directly to the Compact Flash Card. Using your PC for transferring files and backing up has never been so quick and painless!
The MicroDrive IDE Controller is ProDOS 8 compatible. It's recognized as a 'standard' Mass Storage Device just like any Hard Disk Drive is on your Apple II. DOS 3.3 is supported through the use of a program called DOS.MASTER which is included with the support software.
On the IIgs we recommend 4 partitions that can be any size up to 32 Megs, which is the ProDOS size limit. More partitions can be created but you can quickly run out of virtual 'Slots' for the partitions to reside when using ProDOS 8. You can also create and access HFS partitions under GS/OS up to 2 Gigs each! The MicroDrive will allow up to 16 partitions total and will also allow booting from any of the partitions so you're not limited to any one boot configuration! Use your machine for work and games? Upon boot just hold down the 'OpenApple' key and select the number of the volume from which you wish to temperately boot. It's that simple, and powerful! If you want to change the boot partition permanently you can then use the MicroDrive utilities.
We recommend a 128 Meg Compact Flash Card for the IIgs. A larger Compact Flash Card could be used on the IIgs but as stated above you can quickly run out of virtual 'Slots' for the partitions to reside in ProDOS 8. GS/OS will have no issues with more volumes though and you may want to consider a 256 Meg CF Card.
The MicroDrive IDE Controller supports a Master device only. If you plan on using Master AND Slave devices then you will need to use the MicroDrive/Turbo.
The IIe and IIgs version of the MicroDrive is the same hardware. Only the software included is different. With the IIgs version you will receive the MicroDrive Utility Disk in 3.5" form and a 'cheat sheet' for the DIP switch settings.
One (1) year warranty and UNLIMITED Tech Support comes standard with every purchase.
The MicroDrive IDE Controller is designed by ///SHH Systeme from Germany and sold under license by ReactiveMicro.com.