64HDD Speed-Up Cartridges are here!

A full range of customisable cartridges are available for you to get the most out of your 64HDD system...

Choose from the new Turbo/XE serial speed-up or the proven PwrLoad parallel system. Upgrade your C64 without changing KERNAL ROMs!

Order your cartridge today!

64HDD is a serial device emulator and as such its number #1 strength is its "out of the box" compatibility with a huge range software written for the C64. Unlike many other cartridge based storage devices, programs run without the need to be patched. However, compatibility with Commodore's IEC protocol came at the price of the traditional slow 1541 transfer speed that we all grew to hate. Upgrade KERNAL ROMs have been available for a while, but that solution is not for everyone. click for zoomed version

Now, slow speed is a thing of the past thanks to the new range of 64HDD speed-up cartridges, including a new Turbo/XE serial speed-up and the traditional PwrLoad options. These cartridges are also designed to work with system add-ons like CMD's SuperCPU and RAMLINK for which upgrade ROMs were not a viable option.

Features:

  • Simple to use plug-in cartridge
  • Compatible with stock C64 or C128 (in 64 mode) computers as well as systems using SuperCPU, RAMLINK and JiffyDOS enhancements
  • Three entry-level cartridge types are available, each customisable with a range of options
  • 8x serial speed-up from 64HDD for Turbo/XE version
  • 30-50x speed up from 64HDD for Pwr/Cart and Pwr/Link versions
  • Speeds up 64HDD file loading operations, including multi-part loads
  • Includes 64BOS in ROM - a smart and unique Boot.Operating.System
Turbo/XE or Pwr/Cart (Standard):
For users who want the cheapest option. This cart configuration is a "bare bones" option with no casing provided.

Includes

  • activation button
  • activity LED for Turbo or PwrLoad access
  • click for zoomed version
    Turbo/XE:
    For users with only an XE1541 cable, this cartridge offers an 8x speed-up improvement.

    Shown in photo with the following options

  • pass-through port
  • activity LEDs
  • control buttons
  • 4-slot ROM selection switch
  • Pwr/Cart:
    For users with a PWR/XE or compatible cable, this cartridge offers a 30x to 50x speed-up improvement.

    Shown in photo pre-installed in a modified cartridge case.

    Pwr/Link: (new v2.1 PCB)
    For users who want a combined interface and cable solution, this cartridge also offers an 30x to 50x speed-up improvement but includes a built-in PwrLoad (read-only) port and XE cable. It provides a one-stop upgrade solution, or frees up userport for other devices.

    Shown in photo with the following features.

  • built-in read-only PwrLoad port
  • built-in XE interface
  • quality push buttons
  • high brightness cool blue activity LED
  • Notes:

  • Casing is an optional extra, but template included so you can easily modify any Commodore standard cartridge to suit.
  • Cartridge connects directly to the PC's LPT port via any straight through DB25 cable. Cable can be found at any computer/department store or ordered from the 64HDD shop
  • click for zoomed version


    Preview these documents for more info:
    Cartridge FAQ   |  Cartridge User Manual (550kb, PDF)   |  Cartridge Support Files (110kb)


    64BOS Screenshots:

    64BOS - Boot.Operating.System:
    All 64HDD Speed-up cartridges come with 64BOS in ROM - a smart and unique Boot.Operating.System.

    A single key press is all that's required to load/run your favourite program.

    Rather than the cartridge containing only a handful of tools and utilities, 64BOS is the single interface that lets you link to your preferred tools and programs wherever they are stored on 64HDD and where they can be easily maintained.


    Order Your Cartridge:

    All cartridges are made to order. Casings are made using quality recycled genuine CBM cartridges. Pricing for the entry-level cartridges is given under the "standard" headings, plus worldwide shipping cost as shown. Add or subtract options and rebates. Please allow up to 5days from order for manufacture.

    Turbo/XE:
    (new v2.0 PCB)
    Out-of-Stock, please ask!
    Standard: 8x Speed-Up with 64BOS US$24.95
    plus US$7.50 shipping
    Option A: Installed in a modified cartridge case Sold Out
    Option B: Faster spec EPROM for use with CMD SCPU+RL Combo plus US$4.00
    Option C: 3 additional 8k ROM slots (requires Option A) plus US$10.00
    Option D: Pass-through port with LEDs and buttons (requires Option A) plus US$15.00
    Option E: $DExx / $DFxx selection switch plus US$5.00

    Pwr/Cart:
    (new v2.0 PCB)
    Out-of-Stock, please ask!
    Standard: 30x to 50x Speed-Up with 64BOS US$19.95
    plus US$7.50 shipping
    Option A: Installed in a modified cartridge case Sold Out
    Option B: Faster spec EPROM for use with CMD SCPU+RL Combo plus US$4.00
    Option C: 3 additional 8k ROM slots (requires Option A) plus US$10.00
    Option D: Pass-through port with LEDs and buttons (requires Option A) plus US$15.00
    Option E: $DExx / $DFxx selection switch plus US$5.00

    Pwr/Link:
    (new v2.1 PCB)
    Out of stock - please ask.
    Standard: 30x to 50x Speed-Up with built-in cable interface, Blue activity LED, control buttons and 64BOS US$49.95
    plus US$10.50 shipping
    Option A: Faster spec EPROM for use with CMD SCPU+RL Combo plus US$4.00
    Option B: Installed in a modified cartridge case (case mounted buttons as shown for Turbo/XE) Sold Out
    Option C: 1.5m ribbon cable plus US$15.00 (includes extra postage)
    Rebate 1: 64HDD Professional Owner minus US$5.00


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