xu1541 Adapter Cable (Image courtesy Harbaum.org)
By Andrew Liszewski

Since the Commodore 64 was the first computer I ever owned, deep down I still have a soft spot for it. (Though technically the Apple IIe at my grade school might have been my actual first experience) Now while I was too young to really do anything productive with the system I know plenty of people were, and a few of them would even like to have access to the work they did back in the day. How you ask? Well by making their own USB to C64 1541 floppy drive adapter of course.

Now keep in mind this adapter isn’t going to turn that old drive into a USB mass storage device. It’s really just a way for developer types to access the data locked away in that shoebox full of 5 1/4 floppy disks. If you’ve got an afternoon free you can build your own adapter with the documentation that Till Harbaum has posted on his website. I will warn you though, it’s definitely not for novices like myself and is far from being just ‘plug and play.’

[ xu1541 – PC to C64 1541 Drive USB Adapter ] VIA [ Make ]


  1. Why? This will allow people to dump their c64 floppies to the pc for emulators. Granted there are other solutions (like XE1541) but via USB would be nice.
    I want one, however, I would never be able to make it. I’m hoping makes them and sells them.

  2. Because, believe it or not, there are still thousands of us playing with the old C64, and running it's software, on both the real deal, and emulator software (I have the hardware to convert my floppies into emulator images via the old legacy parallel port, I have to use my desktop PC, my laptop doesn't have that port – Most new computers don't anymore)

    Search Google for Commodore, you'll be amazed!

  3. convert floppy to usb the other day i used to be searching through some boxes of laptop and physics stuff and that i discovered a USB floppy drive . currently I cannot tell you the last time I bear in mind victimization such a tool, nor am i able to tell you the last time that I recall knowing anyone World Health Organization remembers victimization such a tool.