The Commodore 64 holds a special place in many a computer enthusiast’s heart. That being said, the floppy disks used to load programs and files onto this computer can be less-than convenient, not to mention hard to find. If you’d like to step into the 21st century with your storage, while still using retro C64 hardware, then endresz_eu may have just the solution with the SD2IEC floppy emulator.
The device allows you to store your 1s and 0s on a microSD card, which is plugged into a reader on the device. The SD2IEC then interfaces with the C64’s serial port as a virtual floppy drive, providing a quasi SD-to-floppy bridge. Power can be provided externally via a Micro USB port, or you can simply plug it into the Commodore’s cassette port for juice.
The virtual drive address is set to 8, but you can change it to 9, 10, or 11 via a pair of DIP switches. While an SD card up to 32GB can be used, since C64 programs are so small, a 1 GB disk should give you nearly all the storage you could ever want. Most games will run on this system, but according to its creator no Commodore floppy emulator is 100% perfect, so you might want to keep those floppys around as well!