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In my search trying to figure out which option to use for saving files, I now discover Lotharek's Side 2. Am I correct in assuming it does most things that the Sio2SD does except in a cartridge? It appears to be able to store and load carts as well as disc software. I could download things on my Mac, save the to the card, plug it into the side and have loaders ready correct?

 

Also, I see on his website that it appears that a new version, Side 3, is coming. Anyone know anything about this?

 

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SIDE 2 is very useful, but it is not meant to be a replacement of a disk drive connected to the SIO port (like SIO2SD is).

 

In the Game Loader mode, SIDE will just be able to run binary load files (but not cartridges)

In the SpartaDOS mode, SIDE will act as a PBI hard drive. You must use a DOS that supports such drive. In this case, it's the embedded SpartaDOS X.

 

Only If you have the ULTIMATE 1MB extension, you can use SIDE to emulate a floppy disk drive (using .atr disk images).

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SIDE 2 is very useful, but it is not meant to be a replacement of a disk drive connected to the SIO port (like SIO2SD is).

 

In the Game Loader mode, SIDE will just be able to run binary load files (but not cartridges)

In the SpartaDOS mode, SIDE will act as a PBI hard drive. You must use a DOS that supports such drive. In this case, it's the embedded SpartaDOS X.

 

Only If you have the ULTIMATE 1MB extension, you can use SIDE to emulate a floppy disk drive (using .atr disk images).

 

 

If I went with the side, I was also planning on getting the Ultimate 1MB. But, it sounds like even with the pair, I still won't be able to load cartridge files?

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If I went with the side, I was also planning on getting the Ultimate 1MB. But, it sounds like even with the pair, I still won't be able to load cartridge files?

With 1MB RAM, you can load XEX versions of any cart.

According to Lotharek, Side3 will load cartridges.

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In my opinion, nothing beats sio2sd as a modern replacement for a floppy drive. All the cartridge solutions are limited in some way and not 100% compatible. As far as I know, even the PBI hard disk solutions won't work with everything e.g. Games that use custom SIO routines.

 

Having said that, if you are after a cartridge that does most things, you might want to also check out AtariMax MyIDE 2, and also my own design the UnoCart:

 

https://github.com/robinhedwards/UnoCart

 

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