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Old 24 August 2014, 02:39   #1
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Gotek Drive with usb 3.0 stick problem

Hi, I'm new here but not to the Amiga.

Recently got back into the scene with an Amiga A1200 and got myself a Gotek drive to replace DF0:, it's flashed Amiga compatible and works fine with USB 2.0 memory sticks but I recently got a stumpy little Sandisk USB 3.0 stick and it just does'nt want to read at all on the Gotek so wondered if anyone here had the same issue and wondered if there is a fix? I understand that USB 3.0 is fully backward compatible with the exception that it draws more power and wondered if this might be the problem? (I'm using an original A1200 PSU)
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Old 24 August 2014, 06:06   #2
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I have a problem with my gotek drive and few generic USB sticks. All my NONAME sticks do not work at all and are USB 2.0 (work fine on PC)
The only one I got to recognize is LEXAR brand.
So you can see that not all USB sticks are created equal.

And on another note, I have a problem with USB 3.0 portable HD with my PS3, so it looks like the new USB standard is not that backwards compatible.
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Old 24 August 2014, 09:18   #3
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I have a similar problem with my A500+ it comes up on the Amiga unable to utilise disk and this is not a dos disk. I have tried two memory stick both do the same. Has anyone got a suggestion as to what to try next?
 
Old 24 August 2014, 10:01   #4
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I have a similar problem with my A500+ it comes up on the Amiga unable to utilise disk and this is not a dos disk. I have tried two memory stick both do the same. Has anyone got a suggestion as to what to try next?
Yep, sure.. Try one of the other 10000000 usb sticks on the market
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Old 24 August 2014, 10:41   #5
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Mmm that could be quite costly. Would anyone be able to suggest on in particular memory stick that might work?
 
Old 24 August 2014, 10:57   #6
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SanDisk 8GB Cruzer Fit works great for me.
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My Kingston Datatraveler 16GB USB3 Working with my Gotek..
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SanDisk Cruzer Blade 4GB USB2.0 works

http://www.sandisk.com/products/usb/.../cruzer-blade/
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Anyone know of a fix? I was hoping to get the Sandisk working as it's nice and unobtrusive, if it's to do with the power usage I was wondering if the drive could be updated via a simple electronic fix to supply more power to the usb port.
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It's not worth the hassle. Just get a usb2 stick. There's nothing to be gained from using usb3 sticks.
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Old 24 August 2014, 13:59   #11
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Maybe a silly question - but these sticks *are* FAT formatted, right?
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Anyone know of a fix? I was hoping to get the Sandisk working as it's nice and unobtrusive, if it's to do with the power usage I was wondering if the drive could be updated via a simple electronic fix to supply more power to the usb port.
Does that sandisk have that silly u3 app stuff on it? If so that can cause issues. With u3. The usb usually has 2 partitions and one acts as a cdrom to be bootable
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Maybe a silly question - but these sticks *are* FAT formatted, right?
Yes, tried various different formats without any success.
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Does that sandisk have that silly u3 app stuff on it? If so that can cause issues. With u3. The usb usually has 2 partitions and one acts as a cdrom to be bootable
It did have until I wiped it.
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Old 25 August 2014, 00:43   #15
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Maybe it would be nice opening a thread with a list of fully compatible USB sticks. These USB drives are getting more and more famous.
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Old 26 August 2014, 09:28   #16
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I have got my Gotek working, it was the selector program that i had download from where my instructions had suggested. I notices the file size was only 332K I downloaded another one that was 880k from a different source and it all works!
The memory stick i use is a SanDisk 8GB Cruzer as suggested above.
 
Old 01 September 2014, 11:28   #17
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I use a SanDisk 8GB Cruzer, the same as suggested above and it works OK. I will test it with a Trascend 32GB 3.0 and with a Kingston DataTraveler 100 G3 32 Gb this evening when I get home. I will report back.
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Here are my test results:

4 USB key tested:

1) USB 3.0 Kingston DataTraveler 100 G3 32 GB. Works OK
2) USB 3.0 Trascend JetFlash700 32 GB. Works OK.
3) USB 2.0 Sandisk Cruzer Fit 8GB. Works OK
4) USB 2.0 Sandisk Cruzer Blade 16GB. Doesn't work with Gotek (but OK on PC).

So, maybe is not a problem with USB 3.0 but yes with some USB keys...

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Old 02 September 2014, 14:21   #19
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I have been having problems, i have working gotek in a500. I have usb 4gb cruzer, works great for about 4 hours, then start getting corrupt files on usb, reformat copy files back over and sorted. But maybe its from removing usb when amiga is powered on, think probs started then, will have to try.

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I have been having problems, i have working gotek in a500. I have usb 4gb cruzer, works great for about 4 hours, then start getting corrupt files on usb, reformat copy files back over and sorted. But maybe its from removing usb when amiga is powered on, think probs started then, will have to try.

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USB should be hot pluggable so would imagine there's either a fault with the USB stick or the drive.

I thought about adding an "eject" button to the front of the Gotek drive wired between the 5v line to USB so I can boot from CF card without having to remove the USB stick or select an empty slot, anyone done this?
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