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Apple II BOOTI USB Hard Drive Emulator Card – Special

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The BOOTI card is a hard drive emulator that allows you to mount up to 8 disk images in any Apple II (II, II+, original or enhanced IIe, and IIgs).

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Description

Get your Apple II BOOTI on with this USB Hard Drive Emulator Card from David Mutimer, with firmware by Marko Ramius.

The BOOTI card is a block device emulator that allows you to mount up to 8 devices in the following computers:

  • Apple II/II+/original IIe/enhanced IIe
  • Apple IIgs
  • Laser 128
  • Apple ///
  • Franklin Ace 1200

Disk images can be in .po/.dsk/.2mg/.iso/.hdv/.do, as long as the image is in ProDOS block order (not track/sector order). You can convert DOS floppy disk images to ProDOS order using the dsk2po Python utility.

The BOOTI card supports two modes:

  • Block Mode with support for up to eight devices (all machines). This mode is limited to 65535 blocks of 0x200 bytes each for a total of 32 MB storage.
  • SmartPort Mode (only for enhanced Apple IIe and IIGS). This mode offers up to eight devices in ProDOS and GS/OS. In GS/OS, the size of a device is limited to 8GB provided that you use either an HFS volume or an ISO image.

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Notes

  • Due to high demand, there is a limit of one BOOTI card per customer.
  • Some USB sticks work better than others. SanDisk and Verbatim USB 2.0 sticks (4 Gb or less) seem to work best.
  • You should be able to use USB sticks without reformatting. Just copy your files onto the root (top level) of the drive.
  • If for some reason you need to reformat, be sure to completely erase/wipe the USB stick. Do not choose Quick Format. If your USB stick is larger than 4 Gb, create a 4 Gb partition. Then format in FAT or FAT16 mode, with MBR.
  • On the Apple II, II+, original IIe, Laser 128, and Apple /// only use Block Mode. Do not choose Smartport Mode.
  • For the Laser 128, be sure to enable the appropriate external slot.
  • The use of a USB extension cable is not recommended – it may work but is not supported.
  • If you have DSK (DOS order) disk images, you can convert them to PO (ProDOS order) disk images using the DSK2PO Python Script.

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Downloads

Reflash the EEPROM Firmware

If your BOOTI card is currently working and you want to upgrade the EEPROM firmare:

  1. Add the booti firmware disk image to your USB drive and plug into the BOOTI.
  2. Boot your Apple II and immediately press ‘C’ to enter the BOOTI configuration.
  3. Change the configuration to put the booti disk image into the first device.
  4. Restart your Apple II and boot the booti disk.
  5. From BASIC, do BRUN USBFLASH
  6. Follow the prompts to flash the EEPROM, then restart your computer.
  7. Immediately press ‘C’ to enter the BOOTI configuration and look in the upper right to verify the firmware version.

If you are using a blank EEPROM or your BOOTI card is not working:

  1. Put your BOOTI card into one of the Apple II slots lower than your regular disk drive, so that the regular disk drive boots first.
  2. Create a floppy disk with the booti firmware disk image (or boot the disk image in some other way).
  3. Start your Apple II and boot the booti disk.
  4. From BASIC, do BRUN USBFLASH
  5. Follow the prompts to choose the correct slot for the BOOTI, wait for the flash to finish, then restart your computer.
  6. Immediately press ‘C’ to enter the BOOTI configuration and look in the upper right to verify the firmware version.

Additional information

Weight 15 oz
Dimensions 6 × 3 × 1 in

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