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Old 03 September 2018, 16:34   #2
Allen1
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Hi Sneckburger,

Cortex, HxC and FlashFloppy can all be programmed with a cheap USB to Serial programmer available from Ebay. The information about the Cortex, HcX and Flash Floopy firmware and programming is available below ( I can't remember how to add links properly).

Cortex https://cortexamigafloppydrive.wordpress.com/

HxC https://hxc2001.com/download/floppy_...tor/index.html

Flash Floppy https://github.com/keirf/FlashFloppy...re-Programming

As far as I know only FlashFloppy can be programmed with a USB cable, if you have one of the external USB hard drives that have 2 or 3 standard USB connectors then you are sorted (I got my cables from 2 1/2" external hard drives).

The programming isn't too difficult once you get the hang of it but you do need to read up on that and add links to the Goteks circuit board to allow it to be programmed (this will become apparent after reading the Cortex, HcX or FlashFloppy pages.

About what choice to use?
Cortex was the original "NEW" firmware but is no longer updated but it was good for us all till HxC and FlashFloppy left it behind in what is now capable from the Gotek.

HcX is a brilliant product and its often updated too, this is a commercial product but very cheap to buy.

FlashFloppy is free and is also often updated and it great plus it can be programmed by the USB port.

The choice would be HxC or FlashFloppy.
For ease of programming (options) I would go for FlashFloppy and maybe look into getting another Gotek and using the HxC firmware with that.

Either way the are both worth using, you will also learn and gain some experience as you go along from doing things like reprogramming them yourself
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