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The most unreliable part of the MSX is probably the floppy drive. The drives are getting old and unreliable.
They can be replaced with pc drives but a nice alternative is a Gotek drive.

What is a Gotek Drive A Gotek drive is a USB Floppy emulator that replaces your internal Amiga floppy drive with a small circuit board with a USB slot for storing and loading software. The drive uses ADF (Amiga Disk File) disk images which are essentially a “backup” of the original floppies. Aug 08, 2020 Amiga 500 Gotek USB Disk Drive OLED, Speaker, Tan, 3D Printed, Flash Floppy A500. $39.99 + shipping. Amiga 600 per ricambi commodore no floppy. $83.70 7 bids.

The Gotek drive emulates an floppy drive. It connects to the floppy cable just like a regular pc floppy drive. So if the MSX is able or converted to use pc floppy drives, it can also use the Gotek drive. Instead of floppies it uses a regular USB flash drive.

By default the Gotek comes with 7 segment display on which you can see the number of the image selected with the buttons on the Gotek.
It is possible to replace this with a lcd or oled screen so you can see the filename of the image selected.

Update your old 720k to a 1.44 drive etc. 91 posts Page 6 of 10. Jump to page: Previous; 1. The Gotek drive is a USB Floppy Drive Emulator, and it can have his firmware changed to work with Amiga computers. “I’m really pleased with my new Gotek setup. It’s given my Amiga 500 a new lease of life, and at the same time it’s meant I can play those classic Amiga titles without having to sit at my computer desk.”. The Gotek floppy drive emulator plugs into the Amiga's 34-pin foppy conenctor and emulates a floppy disk. It accepts a USB flash drive which is connected into the front USB socket. Games and other Amiga disk images can be stored an the optional USB flash drive in Amiga Disk Format (ADF) and then loaded by a menu.

It is also possible to connect a speaker to emulate the stepping motor sound for those who miss it.

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The standard firmware on the Gotek is not very useful, but luckily there are alternatives. First there is the HXC firmware.
This costs 10 euro and allows the Gotek to read HXE images from the USB flash drive. DSK and DMK images can be converted to HXE with the included tool.

Alternatively there is the open source FlashFloppy firmware. With the FlashFloppy firmware it is possible 360k and 720k dsk images directly from the USB flash drive. It can also use HXE images so it's still possible to convert DMK images to HXE and use those.

Because it connects to the floppy controller in the MSX is also emulates the actual speed of the floppy drive. This means it's pretty slow compared to using floppy images with a mass storage device like the MFR of Carnivore.
However it is a lot cheaper and it also supports most (perhaps all...?) copy protections.

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The Gotek drive can be bought quite cheap from places like Aliexpress.

Relevant link: HXC firmware
Relevant link: Updated FlashFloppy firmware

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Thanks to Keir Fraser for the firmware (Flash Floppy)

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