I’ve always been a fan of big box games but my collection is getting out of hand, we’ve also been struggling with failures of our 20+ year old floppies, a Gotek is the perfect solutions for this. For a very small sum (less than a couple of boxed games) you can literally have EVERY Amiga game ever published on a humble memory stick
We’ve been reading a lot about these inexpensive devices on social media so we thought we’d see what all the fuss was about. This was our first time using a Gotek, so we’ve put together this article to help others struggling to get to grips with it all – from start to finish.
Please let us know if there’s anything we’ve missed or got completely wrong.
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.
These drives can be put in an external enclosure but it will require a DF01/DF1 switcher unless you have an Amiga 1200. We’d recommend for simplicity that unless you really need your floppy drive then simply replace the internal drive.
Where to buy your Gotek from?
We’re long-standing customers of Steve over at Amigapassion. and would recommend him for all your Amiga and Gotek needs. They have Gotek (FlashFloppy) drives available from just £30 which includes a 3D printed mount, allowing it to be fitted perfectly into your beloved Amiga. We’d recommend spending a little more and go for the one with the OLED display so you can easily see which disk image is loaded. Be sure to check out his other services such as Amiga recapping, repairs and reconditioned machines.
Installing your Gotek
The installation of your Gotek is quite a straight forward procedure.
- Pop your case apart, remove the keyboard and metal shielding
- Remove the ribbon and power cable from the floppy disk, leaving the connectors on the motherboard
- Remove the floppy drive by unscrewing the side mount screens and also the riser stands. The riser stand screws are located underneath the case.
- Place the Gotek drive into the machine in place of the floppy drive and connect the cables (see below). Ensure the drive is secured – you might need to replace any flat screws with small “self-tapping” style screws in order for them to bite into the plastic of the drive mount.
- Reassemble the Amiga case making sure that the new drive doesn’t foul any of the components protruding from the Gotek (as below)
Here is ours secured into our favorite 500
Check out the drive in our Amiga 500, check out that lovely pink memory stick!
Setting up your USB Flash Drive
We’ve recommended using a 64GB flash drive, you’ll see why when you download the games. We recommend Amazon for your drive – just MAKE SURE it is dispatched and sold by Amazon. Unfortunately, there’s a lot of fake USB drives from marketplace sellers.
Any one of these would be just great!
Let’s get your USB drive setup!
- Pop the drive into your Windows PC. It should be formatted using FAT32
- Download FlashFloppy from their Github (use the latest Stable) – https://github.com/keirf/FlashFloppy/wiki/Downloads
- Extract the ZIP file to your desktop
- Copy the following files to the root of your Gotek USB flash drive
- HXCSDFE.CFG from \flashfloppy-v2.14\HxC_Compat_Mode
The drive should look like this
That’s it! All you’re missing is the game “ROMs” or ADF files.
Before we talk about downloading games – the legal bit. We / I “Retro32.com are not responsible for any downloads/links or anything else on this site. It’s YOUR responsibility to ensure that you are only downloading/using game backup files of titles you already own.
So, with that out of the way. A complete “dump” of all Amiga games is available from https://archive.org/details/Commodore_Amiga_TOSEC_2012_04_10
The file is 31.5GB so we recommend using a torrent client like uTorrent to download the file. Again, you do this at your own risk. The TOSEC file itself if bigger than a 32GB flash drive without unpacking all the files. We recommend a 64GB usb stick to future proof you ADF collection.
There are also a number of other resources available for you to download your games from. A search / bing for Amiga ADF files or similar should see you in the right direction.
Since publishing this article we’ve been made aware of a new version of the TOSEC archive which has been sorted alphabetically in folders and cleaned. This can be downloaded using the following link https://1drv.ms/u/s!AgN_lcJFiQVialvp4do3sMi9_7k?e=C4IPvE
Be sure to check out our recent article covering this be finding – https://www.retro32.com/gaming/amiga/05042020561-amiga-adf-tosec-amiga-game-download-sorted-cleaned
Be sure to check out the Amiga EAB google drive which contains a whole host of downloads for Commodore platforms. Access it using this link – https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0B5QzoyikY_lfTXRvNkVOelNNRk0
Putting Amiga Games / Software onto your FlashFloppy USB Drive
Putting the files onto your drive is a simple drag and drop affair. We’d recommend that you take the time to create a nice file structure so you can find your games, programs and utilities easily.
How to use your Gotek
Pop the USB stick into your Gotek Drive, turn on your trusty friend and it will boot to the FlashFloppy Selector.
We’ve put together a short video of how to assign the ADF images to the Gotek slots as well as the settings menus.
Let’s hear from you!
As I said in the into, we’re still learning this stuff. Let us know if there’s something we missed or got wrong. Also let us know if this guide helped you – leave a comment below.
We’d like to also give a little nod to Jean-françois Del Nero from the Commodore Amiga Facebook group who pointed out a MASSIVE mistake on the page. We salute you Sir.
Our other Amiga Articles
As well as all the game videos we’ve been pumping out recently, we’ve also got a number of other Amiga guides. Check out the links below