Apple II BOOTI USB Hard Drive Emulator Card

(9 customer reviews)

$55.00

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 ///

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). 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 (8 Gb or less) seem to work best.
  • Be sure to completely erase/wipe the USB stick. Do not choose Quick Format. Then format in FAT16 or FAT32 mode, with MBR.
  • Only use Block Mode on the Apple II, II+, original IIe, Laser 128, and Apple ///. 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.

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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.

 

Write Files to the USB Thumb Drive

Important: Be sure to completely erase/wipe the USB stick. Do not choose Quick Format. Then format in FAT16 or FAT32 mode.

Plug in the USB stick and once recognized, right click on the drive and select format. On Windows this will look like:

At this point your USB stick will be formatted. Next, copy your files to the USB stick (copy\paste) and you are ready to use it with the card. We suggest using Total Replay. This will allow you to run over 200 Apple games.

If you have DSK (DOS order) disk images, you can convert them to PO (ProDOS order) disk images using the DSK2PO Python Script.

Additional information

Weight 15 oz
Dimensions 6 × 3 × 1 in

9 reviews for Apple II BOOTI USB Hard Drive Emulator Card

  1. Chris (verified owner)

    The booti device works wonderfully now on both my Apple IIGS and IIe. The key item to remember is that all files (disks) used by the booti must be in prodos order . I greatly appreciate the after sales support provided by Chris and David to address my issue and i love the device. Thank you both!

  2. ted (verified owner)

    Works flawlessly in my enhanced IIe. I have a card in slot 7, so for now this resides in slot 5. A short USB extension from adafruit lets me access it from outside the box. I would recommend a piece of plastic just as insurance against shorts with neighboring cards in higher slots tho.

  3. Mike (verified owner)

    Fast & responsive performance from USB & intuitive menus – terrific product. Super quick to install, too. My configuration: slot 7 | Enhanced Apple //e.

  4. DDE (verified owner)

    Awesome product, and I can confirm it works with my Franklin ACE 1000. Easy to configure and just Total Replay by itself makes it worth it. I first played Karateka back in 1984 on a Franklin ACE, and I just played it again today!

  5. Evan Wright (verified owner)

    It’s awesome. I have one in my enhanced //e and it works great.

  6. Jay Graham (verified owner)

    Have one of David’s Multi-ROM adapters too. Love this thing!!

  7. Verault

    First saw the Booti card on the Assembly lines Youtube channel. I really didn’t think to much of it at first but the price was great. Once I got the card and realized how easy it was to create 32MB prodos partitions and mount disk images I was sold. Mostly used it on the IIgs and its FANTASTIC! Backing up and restoring has never been so simple! I sold the card because I thought I could just buy another, but supply and demand! Thankfully I was on the wait list and I have another one on the way! I hope you guys keep selling this card for years to come because its one of the best boards for the Apple II out there!

  8. Howard Saunders (verified owner)

    Works successfully with my PCPI compatible CP/M card. Well worth it!
    (FYI, the BOOTI card is incredibly tiny….)

  9. Georg Basse

    Fantastic card, works without problems in my enhanced Apple //e. Looking forward for another card to put in my Apple ///.

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