Commodore Amiga Disk Drive Replaced With Raspberry Pi & ADF Disk Loading Software

Amiga-RPI-Drive-ModificationWith the arrival of the Raspberry Pi, countless retro gaming enthusiasts have been porting emulators of their favourite systems to run on the modern single-board computer. One fanatic, however, decided to take things to the next level by using the device as a replacement Commodore Amiga floppy disk drive, preloaded with all the classics.

Although this modification to the timeless computer required a few more components alongside the Raspberry Pi to run, it's still an incredible feat and one we can all try now too. The brains behind this contraption recently documented, discussed and filmed his efforts for all to enjoy and consider doing themselves.

With an SD Card now sticking out of the slot where floppy disks were once inserted, the Amiga Pi Drive now resides within the A500s case awaiting the games of your choice. Upon booting the system up, a custom built menu will present itself, allowing you to load up to four disks into memory. Once chosen, the first of these disks will begin loading without a floppy disk in sight - leaving you to enjoy the likes of Superfrog, Qwak, Sensible Soccer and Turrican effortlessly.

Amiga RPI Drive in action

Full instructions on how to turn your Raspberry Pi into a Commodore Amiga floppy disk drive emulator can be found below.

Link: Commodore Amiga RPI Drive Official Website



Better known as Adam offline, Cauterize is one of RetroCollect's final bosses with an unhealthy addiction to pixels. When he's not out searching the web for the latest retro gaming news or creating content for RetroCollect, he'll will most likely be found working on his Sensible Soccer skills.

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(Link to this comment) k1ngarth3r 2013-11-25 19:02
It's a great achievement no doubt but I would prefer to wait for the real disks to load (I think it would be just as fast if not quicker!)
(Link to this comment) BuckoA51 2013-11-25 19:16
This thing is going to be much more reliable than ancient floppy discs, though somewhat redundant on most Amiga's thanks to WHDLoad.
(Link to this comment) Turricanx 2013-11-26 12:23
Nice if your disks are starting to fail and crumble after all these years, good way of preserving and playing them, still, until that day I think I'll be sticking to floppy disks when playing on the original hardware, and PC for all my emulation needs. Great idea though :)
(Link to this comment) BuckoA51 2013-11-26 19:22
lol you're both crazy, floppy disks were the worst thing about the Amiga, WHDLoad forever!

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