Commodore 64 & PET - The Complete Hard Drive History

 

Although Commodore was too blind to see the need for hard drives with computers, and only produced two models: the D9060 & D9090, Lots of other companies created Hard drives to sell to both the PET and Commodore 64/128 market.

Also note: when I say Commodore 64/128, this also includes all other 8-bit Commodore computer models, made both prior to and after the C64/128. Basically anything with an IEC Serial bus can connect to an IEEE488 Device as long as an Interface is used like the:

INTERPOD - Serial to IEEE488

QUICKSILVER128 - Cartridge port to IEEE488

Last Updated: 03-02-2014

Model : D9060
Manufacturer : Commodore Business Machines (CBM)
Year: 1982
HD Mechanism : TANDON 8mb capacity (MFM)
Formatted Capacity : 5.0 mb
CBM DOS Capacity 19, 442 Blocks Free (1 Directories)
Load 130 Blocks: 20 Seconds (1541 took 88 seconds)
Connection type: IEEE 488
 
Model : D9090
Manufacturer : Commodore Business Machines (CBM)
Year: 1982
HD Mechanism : TANDON 10mb capacity (MFM)
Formatted Capacity : 7.5 mb
CBM DOS Capacity 29, 162 Blocks Free (1 Directories)
Load 130 Blocks: 20 Seconds (1541 took 88 seconds)
Connection type: IEEE 488
 
Model : ST10
Manufacturer : Computer Specialists, Inc (CSI)
Year: 1985 (Cost US$895)
HD Mechanism : (MFM) type
Formatted Capacity : 10mb
CBM DOS Capacity 38,280 Blocks Free (1 Directories)
Load 130 Blocks: 87 Seconds
Connection type: Serial & IEEE-488 parallel
 

 

Model : Lt.Kernal
Manufacturer : XETEC
Year: 1985 (Cost US$899)
HD Mechanism : SCSI
Formatted Capacity : 20mb
CBM DOS Capacity 78,160 Blocks Free (150 Directories)
Load 130 Blocks: 2.5 Seconds
Connection type: Cartridge parallel interface
 

Note: This HD system also contains an

Indus-GT 170k Floppy Drive unit.

Model : HFD-5 (DATA CHIEF)
Manufacturer : InConTrol, Inc (ICT)
Year: 1987 (Cost US$695)
HD Mechanism : (MFM) type
Formatted Capacity : 5mb
CBM DOS Capacity 20,000 Blocks Free (120 Directories)
Load 130 Blocks: 87 Seconds (26 secs using Fast-Loader)
Connection type: Serial
 

Note: This HD system also contains an

Indus-GT 170k Floppy Drive unit.

Model : HFD-10 (DATA CHIEF)
Manufacturer : InConTrol, Inc (ICT)
Year: 1987 (Cost US$895)
HD Mechanism : (MFM) type
Formatted Capacity : 10mb
CBM DOS Capacity 39,480 Blocks Free (120 Directories)
Load 130 Blocks: 87 Seconds (26 secs using Fast-Loader)
Connection type: Serial
 
Model : HFD-20 (DATA CHIEF)
Manufacturer : InConTrol, Inc (ICT)
Year: 1987 (Cost US$995)
HD Mechanism : (MFM) type
Formatted Capacity : 20mb (can expand to 60mb)
CBM DOS Capacity 79,680 Blocks Free (120 Directories)
Load 130 Blocks: 87 Seconds (26 secs using Fast-Loader)
Connection type: Serial
 
Model : MINI- CHIEF
Manufacturer : ICT
Year: 1987 (Cost US$995)
HD Mechanism : (MFM) type
Formatted Capacity : 20MB
CBM DOS Capacity 80,000 Blocks Free (255 Directories)
Load 130 Blocks: ?? Seconds
Connection type: Serial
This was kit that you install using a 1571 Drive case & electronics. 
 
Model : JCT-1000
Manufacturer : JCT
Year: 1987 (Cost US$595)
HD Mechanism : (MFM) type
Formatted Capacity : 3.7mb
CBM DOS Capacity 14,116 Blocks Free (255 Directories)
Load 130 Blocks: 77 Seconds
Connection type: Serial
 
Model : JCT-1005
Manufacturer : JCT
Year: 1987 (Cost US$695)
HD Mechanism : (MFM) type
Formatted Capacity : 5mb
CBM DOS Capacity 19,280 Blocks Free (255 Directories)
Load 130 Blocks: 77 Seconds
Connection type: Serial
 
Model : JCT-1010
Manufacturer : JCT
Year: 1987 (Cost US$795)
HD Mechanism : (MFM) type
Formatted Capacity : 10mb
CBM DOS Capacity 38,160 Blocks Free (255 Directories)
Load 130 Blocks: 77 Seconds
Connection type: Serial
 
NO PICUTRE Model : DEVICE-9 "The Vault"
Manufacturer : Progressive Peripherals & Software Inc.
Year: 1987 (Cost US$899)
HD Mechanism : SCSI-I
Formatted Capacity : 10mb
CBM DOS Capacity 38,280 Blocks Free(1 Directories)
Load 130 Blocks: ?? Seconds
Connection type: Serial (8-11)
 
Model : HD-4000
Manufacturer : Creative Micro Designs (CMD)
Year: 1990 (Cost US$995)
HD Mechanism : 5 Gb SCSI-II
Formatted Capacity : 4.04 GIG
CBM DOS Capacity 1,647,182 Blocks Free (255 Directories)
Load 130 Blocks: 3 Seconds or 1.5 seconds with RL
Connection type: Serial or Parallel Cable"Ramlink Cartridge"
 
Model : IDE-HD
Manufacturer : Tomas Pribyl
Year: 2000
HD Mechanism : IDE
Formatted Capacity : ????
CBM DOS Capacity ????
Load 130 Blocks: 2 Seconds
Connection type: Cartridge Port (Parallel)
 
Model : IDE-ATA-HD
Manufacturer : Asbjørn Djupdal
Year: 2002
HD Mechanism : IDE
Formatted Capacity : 16 mb
CBM DOS Capacity 63,999 Blocks Free
Load 130 Blocks: XX Seconds
Connection type: Serial
 
Model : CIA-IDE-HD
Manufacturer : Maciej Witkowiak
Year: 2002
HD Mechanism : IDE
Formatted Capacity : 16 mb x 256 = 4 Gig
CBM DOS Capacity 63,999 Blocks Free
Load 130 Blocks: XX Seconds (works with GEOS only)
Connection type: Parallal - on top of 6526 CIA chip!
 
Model : MW1000
Manufacturer : Sails Systems Engineering Limited
Year: 1983
HD Mechanism : MFM
Formatted Capacity : 5mb, 10mb & 15mb
CBM DOS Capacity 60,000 Blocks Free
Load 130 Blocks: XX Seconds
Connection type: IEEE
 
Model : ALPHA 10
Manufacturer : APSTOR
Year: 1983
HD Mechanism : MFM
Formatted Capacity : 10mb + 10mb = 20mb
CBM DOS Capacity 80,000 Blocks Free
Load 130 Blocks: XX Seconds
Connection type: IEEE
 
Model : BORSU
Manufacturer :  
Year: 1983
HD Mechanism : MFM
Formatted Capacity : 10mb + 10mb = 20mb
CBM DOS Capacity 80,000 Blocks Free
Load 130 Blocks: XX Seconds
Connection type: IEEE
 

Model : HARDBOX
Manufacturer : Small systems engineering limited
Year: 1983
HD Mechanism : MFM
Formatted Capacity : 6mb, 11mb and 20mb
CBM DOS Capacity 20,000 - 80,000 Blocks Free
Load 130 Blocks: XX Seconds
Connection type: IEEE

The HARDBOX can also connect to a normal Video Recorder allowing you to backup up to

100mb of data to a Video Tape. That is 400,000 Blocks per Tape.. Nice feture for such an old unit.

 
Model : TAXON
Manufacturer : TAXON
Year: (Germany) 1988
HD Mechanism : MFM
Formatted Capacity : 24MB
CBM DOS Capacity 1000,000 Blocks Free
Load 130 Blocks: XX Seconds
Connection type: IEEE
 
Model : QD - QUICK DISK
Manufacturer : TRITON
Year: 1986
HD Mechanism : Hitachi Maxell 2.8-inch double sided floppy disks
Formatted Capacity : 100K
CBM DOS Capacity T-DOS = 390 Blocks Free
Load 130 Blocks: ??? Seconds
Connection type: C64 Cartridge Port
The Above QUCIK DISK is not a hard drive but more of a DATA CARTRIDGE Drive, using a Dedicated cartridge port controller and a rare type of Data Cartridge / Disk.

Company Details: (As published in April-1987):-

CBM: Commodore USA, UK, EUROPE, AUSTRALIA, etc

JCT : PO BOX 286, Grants Pass, OR 97526 , USA

CSI : PO Box 1718, Melborne , FL 32902 , USA

ICT : 103 Baughman's Lane, Suite 301, Frederick, MD 21701 , USA

XETEC : 2804 Arnold Rd, Salina, KS 67401 , USA

Progressive Peripherals & Software Inc : 464 kalmath St, Denver, KS 67401 , USA

CMD - Creative Micro Designs. USA

Company Details: (As published in Jan-2014):-

Asbjørn Djupdal : Link only

Tomas Pribyl : The IDE 64 Project

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<- This is what an IEEE-488 Parallel Port looks like.

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