July 10, 2014

Backup Commodore 64 cartridges with an Arduino Mega

Fans of popular 8-bit computers are starting to find various media types used in their heyday are staring to age and become unusable. Without having the luxury of easy duplicaton, some interesting methods are used to save the data for future use. One example of this was faced by Robert Crossfield who has created a method of backing up data from Commodore 64 game cartidges

By using an Arduino Mega, his circuit can dump the contents of an 8k cartridge and send the bytes back to the Arduino's serial monitor via USB. This data can then be captured and saved by the host computer for later use. It's a simple yet usable solution to rescue the data before it's too late.

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