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commodore 1541

commodore 1541 in Technology
The best known floppy disk drive for the Commodore 64. The 1541 was a single-sided 160 Kb drive but converting to flippy disks would give another 160 Kb.
The disk drive used Group Code Recording and contained a 6502 processor as a disk controller. Some people wrote code for it to vibrate the head at different frequencies to play tunes.
The transfer rate was about 300 bytes per second. The 1541 used a bit-serial version of the IEEE 488 parallel protocol. Some third-party speed-ups could transfer about 4 kilobytes per second over the interface, and some "fast loaders" managed up to 10 kbps.
The Commodore 1570 was an upgraded 1541 for use with the Commodore 128.
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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