[Announcement] The Ultimate Commodore 1541 Disk Drive Talk @ VCFW 2021


  • The Ultimate Commodore 64 Talk (2008)
  • The Ultimate Game Boy Talk (2016)
  • The Ultimate Apollo Guidance Computer Talk (2017)

my fourth talk from the “Ultimate” series will take place at the Vintage Computer Festival West 2021 in Mountain View on 2021-08-08 at 12:00.

This talk discusses floppy disk drives, with the 5,25” Commodore 1541 as a case study. We discuss the history of magnetic recording formats, how data is represented on a disk and how it gets from the drive to the computer. We also talk about fast loaders, alternate recording formats, copy protection schemes, and how to preserve disks using modern tools.

10 thoughts on “[Announcement] The Ultimate Commodore 1541 Disk Drive Talk @ VCFW 2021”

  1. Is it likely to be available on YouTube? Have been looking forward to an English language version of your earlier German talk on this subject.

  2. Michael thank you for all your amazing info on the wonderful world of all things Commodore. I’m so glad you’re on the x16 team…. I can’t remember looking forward to a project more!

  3. There is a recording of a previous presentation in german at https://www.pagetable.com/?p=1505, but still nothing I could find about the latest presentation. I’m really looking forward to it. A little disappointed that VCF is not very good at putting videos up.

  4. So I been using 1571 with Zoom Floppy to convert all my disk to NIB and latter to G64….Any specific setting for nibtools to read specific protection or best default settings?


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