Apple IIGS – CFFA3000

The CFFA3000 was a great leap forward for storage devices over the previous CFFA card designs, and pretty much everything else that came before it.

You could now store disk images of any size on a compact flash card OR USB stick connected to the card, and mount them either on the Smart Port (on a IIGS, that allows you to have at least 15 large volume drives accessible at once, each of them hot swappable) or on Slot 6, where the 5.25″ disk floppy drive resides, meaning you can run virtually all classic 8-bit software that originally came on the format without needing the disk drive or physical disks. Disk images can be mounted on the Smart Port or Disk II via the card’s built in menu system that can be accessed holding down the ‘M’ key or by the IIGS’s classic control panel by holding down open-apple, control and escape. By using disk images, you can use a PC or Mac to copy over each program effortlessly via virtual disk images. You can still format a compact flash card like you could with previous CFFA cards, but the mounting of disk images from the storage device allows you load different programs so much more quicker and get around the inherent limits of ProDOS and DOS 3.3 formats.

At time of writing, developer Rich Dreher is planning to sell another production run of the card, most likely his last run. Buy one now…as the prices will most likely skyrocket.

I purchased my CFFA3000 in 2016. Unfortunately, I haven’t spent enough time with it to get it setup correctly and move images to a CF card. My IIGS already has a hard disk system in it which I planned on removing once I got the CFFA3000 properly configured. That just hasn’t happened yet. Eventually, the hard disk in the system will fail. It’s been in there since 1988. Hopefully it won’t fail until I can pull all the files of the drive and have a proper backup of the system

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