As an Amiga owner and user, I can only call this ST nonsense masochism… joking.
It does its job as well as it did back in the day, so why change it?
Worst that could happen (floppy or machine dies), he probably has a decent backup policy for these floppies, and the machine can be emulated well on inferior, unreliable, but commonly available newer hardware, until it gets fixed.
I think, near the end of the video, the owner said he had replaced the original floppy drive with a USB?
Yep. My hardware retrocomputing days are behind me (emulators do 99% of what I want and with kids and pets large amounts of rare hardware is asking for trouble), but the amount of enthusiast hardware out there to bring these machines into the 21st century is amazing.
There’s been a big boom lately in building not just “connect to the modern world” stuff but actual “upgrades” that theoretically would’ve been at home thirty years ago. The vampire upgrades for the Amiga 600, for example, are really nifty.
Vampire, I love the idea (FPGA-based accelerator board), but not a fan of the implementation (proprietary, closed and inflexible).
These days there’s the PiStorm… that one I like it’s open hardware, but I’m not a fan of the raspberry-pi-running-m68k-emu-as-a-linux-process approach. It can provide nowhere near a m68k’s interrupt response time, and thus it is an aberration.
An open FPGA-based solution would be neat, but remains undone.
There is Gotek floppy drive emulator commonly used in old machines. He appears to be very familiar with computers in general (like mentioning steem emulator), so I wouldn’t be surprised that he had installed it on his machine.
Gotek is just some hardware for FlashFloppy, the open source floppy emulation software.
I like to put emphasis on FlashFloppy, rather than the hardware.
Note that Gotek does indeed ship some firmware that works at some level. I wouldn’t want to use that.
Replacing floppy drive with a FlashFloppy device basically neuters a machine, making it unable to access actual floppies. But there’s uses for it. I use mine as DF1: (external drive) on my Amiga computers. On the A500 I can conveniently switch whether the FlashFloppy is DF0/DF1 at will, thanks to a small board that mounts under the relevant CIA chip.
I guess it’s matter of proper cable and drive that properly recognizes its order (doesn’t ignore wires), not FlashFloppy / Gotek itself?
Amiga can select a floppy out of 4 drives. AIUI it’s a simple enable on 4 different wires.
SEL0/1/2/3 are GPIOs on one of the CIAs. Getting between socket and CIA is ideal in order to mess with these.
It does its job better than present day hardware. He me tioned emulators and how he doesn’t bother transfering the application to a modern machine because it would just add a bunch of wait time for system start up and such things.