Upgrade route explanation please ?

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Upgrade route explanation please ?

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Hey guys, I've had a look on the forums and there's a lot of information there on USB,SS,MMC etc for the electron. I don't understand half of it though so instead of asking lots and lots of questions i'm going to ask . What is the cheapest upgrade for the electron that can be used for data storage ? Can a BBC Disc Drive be used on an Electron ? , as i have one of these. Do i need a Plus 1 or could an adapter for the drive be bought/made ? I'm still learning BASIC and am already sick of trying to save/load to and from cassette. Cost is very prohibitive to me currently !
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You have more options if you have a plus one. But there are two storage methods for Electrons without a plus one (off the top of my head).

I am sure someone will post the links but all hard (should, apart from a couple of updates) be in the hardware list in the link in my signature.

Edit:
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http://www.zeridajh.org/hardware/gosdc/index.htm

With a plus 1 there are other options as well (for SD cards, Goteks or real disk drives)

Edit2:

Forgot 'in development' plus1/sd project
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Elminster wrote:
Mon May 13, 2019 2:59 pm
You have more options if you have a plus one. But there are two storage methods for Electrons without a plus one (off the top of my head).

I am sure someone will post the links but all hard (should, apart from a couple of updates) be in the hardware list in the link in my signature.

Edit:
viewtopic.php?t=16840
http://www.zeridajh.org/hardware/gosdc/index.htm

With a plus 1 there are other options as well (for SD cards, Goteks or real disk drives)
Thats some book list you have there ! :) YOu considered scanning them for prosperity. Would be a shame if your house caught fire and you lost ehm all.
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BeebMan2018 wrote:
Mon May 13, 2019 3:57 pm

Thats some book list you have there ! :) YOu considered scanning them for prosperity. Would be a shame if your house caught fire and you lost ehm all.
They are not all stored in one physical building, and I dont beleive any are ultra rare, most have been scanned already.

I do have at least 11 smoke or heat detectors (depending on location), hooked into two different control systems, with remote alerting. But apart from two fire extinguished they are for escape/informational purposes not protecting books.

Edit: Thought you wanted fast storage? Writing a book is a bit slow. :)
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If you don’t have a Plus 1, then there is the GoSDC.
http://www.zeridajh.org/hardware/gosdc/index.htm
You will need the Elk2GoSDC adaptor to fit it as well.

Alternatively, there is this SD card interface which works just as well and is cheaper https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre ... 3241554587

If you have a Plus 1, then there are more options. I would recommend getting hold of a disk drive controller like the Pegasus 400 so you can either use your existing drive or go for an emulated drive e.g. Gotek which uses USB stick for storage. You can get hold of a Pegasus 400 if you post in the wanted section of this forum. For the Gotek I would try RetroClinic who has ready drives. https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre ... 4215979769

There are more options like BeebSCSI but you will need more equipment like an AP5 with Plus 1.

If you do want a Plus 1 then post in the wanted section of this forum.
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