Kurzweil K2000VP with USB Floppy Disk Drive Emulator

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KVRian
759 posts since 25 May, 2010 from Hessisch Uganda, Germany

Post Fri Aug 23, 2013 7:02 am

This is a heads-up for you Kurzweil guys out there...

After years of collecting dust, I recently excavated my beloved Kurzweil K2000VP. What an amazing machine! 8)

The only real issue is the ancient floppy disk drive (FDD)... :-o

So I searched the net and found that little SFR1M44-U100K USB FDD emulator for less than 30€ (it's basically a replacement box for a standard 3.5 inch FDD that stores up to 100 floppy disk images on one USB stick). I replaced the Kurzweil's FDD with the emulator (had to set a jumper there from S1 to S0) and it works!

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The only "problem" is the software delivered with the device: Both the tool for "formatting" the USB stick to a "multi-floppy" and the tool for actually loading programs to these "floppies" run under Windows XP only (or in Windows 7 XP Mode). Furthermore, the latter tool is in Chinese... it's pretty straight forward though, so even I was able to manage it. :P

Cheers, Björn

KVRAF
2069 posts since 5 Oct, 2005

Post Sun Aug 25, 2013 10:57 pm

Wouldn't you be better with a SCSI Card reader ?

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KVRian

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759 posts since 25 May, 2010 from Hessisch Uganda, Germany

Post Sun Aug 25, 2013 11:02 pm

Acid Mitch wrote:Wouldn't you be better with a SCSI Card reader ?
Sure, but not for < 30€ :-)

Cheers, Björn

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fmr
KVRAF
10009 posts since 16 Mar, 2003 from Porto - Portugal

Post Sun Aug 25, 2013 11:57 pm

Full Bucket wrote:
Acid Mitch wrote:Wouldn't you be better with a SCSI Card reader ?
Sure, but not for < 30€ :-)

Cheers, Björn
This would be great for my SY99, which has the FDD broken. Only problem is: How do I copy the content from the floppies I have into the USB pen? My PC do not have a FDD anymore :-(
Fernando (FMR)

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KVRian

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759 posts since 25 May, 2010 from Hessisch Uganda, Germany

Post Mon Aug 26, 2013 12:54 am

fmr wrote:How do I copy the content from the floppies I have into the USB pen? My PC do not have a FDD anymore :-(
To read my old floppies to the PC I used a cheap FDD USB drive (~ 10€), but most of my Kurzweil files were already on my HDD anyway.

To copy the files to the USB stick one has to use the software that comes with the emulator. Unfortunately, for the U100K emulator here, this app is in Chinese (and runs on WinXP only)...

However, the mode of operation is quite simple:
  • The app displays all the floppy images on the USB stick in a simple list.
  • In the list, select the floppy image you want to work on.
  • Press "O" on the keyboard: An explorer window opens with a temporary folder where you can put your files to.
  • Return to the app; once you press "S", everything that is in the temporary folder will be copied to the selected floppy image.
Maybe there's an easier way to do so (no XP, no Chinese)... I will continue to investigate on that...

Cheers, Björn

elv
KVRian
1065 posts since 28 Mar, 2002 from Iceland

Post Wed Aug 28, 2013 12:07 am

Hi Björn and thanks for pointing this out.
Seems like a nice cheap solutions.
Two question, that you can hopefully answer.
The read/write speed, how is that.
And also the disk images are only 1,44MB right.
Simple and repetive are my middle names

KVRAF
6510 posts since 19 Jun, 2008 from Seattle

Post Wed Aug 28, 2013 1:50 am

This is very timely, as I'm in a similar situation with my Korg Karma floppy-images (tons of them) stored on HDD.

Will watch with interest. Thanks for the heads-up.

8)
I'm not a musician, but I've designed sounds that others use to make music. http://soundcloud.com/obsidiananvil

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KVRian

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759 posts since 25 May, 2010 from Hessisch Uganda, Germany

Post Wed Aug 28, 2013 2:13 am

elv wrote:The read/write speed, how is that.
As if you were using a "real" floppy... slow! Somehow a perfect emulation... :P
elv wrote:And also the disk images are only 1,44MB right.
Yes, just double-checked using an USB stick filled with about 7MB data: The Kurzweil "sees" all the files but cannot read those beyond the 1.44MB limit. :-(
Anyway, you "switch" floppies just by pressing a button on the emulator.
Shabdahbriah wrote:Will watch with interest. Thanks for the heads-up.
NP, keep us updated! :-)

Cheers, Björn

elv
KVRian
1065 posts since 28 Mar, 2002 from Iceland

Post Wed Aug 28, 2013 4:03 am

Hehe great a perfect emulation of a floppy drive.
Still it is a great deal cheaper than 100pcs of floppys
Simple and repetive are my middle names

KVRAF
14481 posts since 19 Oct, 2003 from Berlin, Germany

Post Wed Aug 28, 2013 4:42 am

I modded my K2000 VAST with a ZIP drive. And I have all my crud stored on there.

The issue is:
a) you barely get new ZIP mediums
b) I only have an SCSI drive (maybe I have an LPT version lying around as well)
c) even if I have a LPT version lying around, my PC doesn't have a printer port anymore, and neither does my mother board feature IDE (if it's the IDE version)


So yeah.

And I'm still looking for someone that can mod this thing up to v3.7 in terms of OS, but doesn't ask me for like 500quids in return! Since this mod is "rare" these days. For this, I'd rather get a second hand K2500R.
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