The SIDE2 interface provides hard disk functionality and much more for 8-bit Atari computers, all packaged in a compact cartridge design. The device features:
- On-board SpartaDOS X
- Real-Time Clock
- Compact Flash card slot
- Switchable loader and SDX modes
- Programmable "SIDE button"
- 256KB external flash application cartridge space
Using the special SIDE build of SpartaDOS X (files section), one can enjoy many of the benefits of a hard disk interface on the Atari by simply plugging in the cartridge and turning on the machine. The SIDE driver for SDX is loaded directly from SDX's "CAR" (Cartridge) device at boot-up, and all the necessary software tools are right there on the cartridge. SIDE files on the CAR device include:
- SIDE.SYS (driver)
- FDISK.COM (disk partitioning tool)
- HDDINFO.COM (hard disk information report utility)
- PARTINFO.COM (partition information utility)
- MOUNT.COM (dynamic partition mounting tool)
The SIDE driver for SpartaDOS X uses the APT (Atari Partition Table) scheme, devised by Konrad Kokoszkiewicz. This ensures storage media can be easily shared with other compliant interfaces (currently MyIDE for SDX, Incognito, Ultimate 1MB PBI, and the IDE Plus 2.0 APT Beta BIOS).
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- Firmware by FJC: http://atari8.co.uk/apt/side/
ReviewsJeffrey S. WorleySide2 provides a Hard disk interface in the form of a Compact Flash slot and plays well with SD card via a type I CF to SD adapter, my normal mode of use. The cartridge also provides host of functions: Spartados X, a batter-backed-up real-time clock, and a loader menu for games and applications of the xex (exe) type. It also, by way of the FJC firmware, provides ease-of-use for novices that is unparalleled. No other device can compare with this simple, intuitive menu system, navigable with either a joystick or the keyboard. Grandma can use this system without training. So, alone, the Side2 cart provides a full peripheral suite and utilities, and FAST mass-storage - more than ten times faster than solutions like SDRIVE or SIO2PC/USB. That is the Side2 all alone. But, in conjunction with the Ultimage 1meg upgrade, the side 2 is a partner in a combination that provides even greater power and functionality. Together, Side2 and U1MB are the Holy Grail of Atari computerdom. What's neat about that is that Side2 requires no expertise at all to install, runs in any atari computer with at least 32k of memory. You don't need the Ultimate 1mb upgrade to use it, but when you do get the U1MB, the two become one in a way that will knock your eyes out.
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