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Katikati, New Zealand
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The vDriveQL ...

Delivers hardware emulation for up to eight Microdrives and includes a comprehensive toolkit for managing Microdrive cartridge images which are stored on SD Card. The vDriveQL simply connects to your QL’s external Microdrive bus and is accessed with the usual Microdrive commands. An existing Microdrive case is used to house the vDriveQL (Note that the Microdrive case shown in the gallery images is not included).

The SD Card file system implementation is DOS based and is compatible with systems which can read or write to FAT16 or FAT32 media. The vDriveQL has been tested with SD Cards having a capacity of up to 32GB.

The vDriveQL adopts the MDV image format. This format is supported by emulators such as Q-emulator and QLAY. In general, images created with these emulators will be compatible with the vDriveQL and vice versa. MDV images can be formatted, saved to, read from and erased by standard QL commands on real QL hardware.

Other formats, such as the mDump archive format, and MDI, are also supported. They are automatically converted to MDV format prior to assigning to a vDrive.

As well as the standard 128K QL hardware with either the JM, JS or Minerva 1.98 ROM, the vDrive QL has also been tested on the following:

Miracle Systems Gold Card 

Miracle Systems Super Gold Card

512K memory expansion cards

QL Trump Card (including clones)

vMapQL Microdrive Address Translator

Any combination of system firmware and peripherals listed above are supported. It is likely that many other peripheral cards will also be compatible but these haven’t been tested. The toolkit is compatible with Toolkit II and both extensions can be resident at the same time.

Current shipping options to the UK are £10 for International Air (untracked) and £28 for International Courier (tracked, signature required).  For other destinations please enquire.

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Shipping to South Africa is limited to Airpost or Express Courier. Please contact me directly for a quote.

Unfortunately,  due to shipping restrictions place upon me by my shipping services supplier, I cannot currently ship to the Russian Federation.

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Questions and Answers

  • Question: this works with the ZX Spectrum too how does it access the full 800kb please?

    Posted by r***t (6) - 26/03/2018 09:02:51

    Answer: There are two different vDrives - one for the QL and one for the Spectrum. You'll need to buy the one specific to your computer. The vDrive can emulate up to 8 Microdrives giving access to about 1MB of storage (only one drive can be accessed at a time though).

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Item Location:
Katikati, New Zealand
Shipping conditions:
Buyer pays shipping expenses
Shipment fee:
  • To New Zealand :
  • First Class Post : £2.50 For initial item, £1.00 Per additional item
  • Courier : £5.50 For initial item, £2.00 Per additional item
  • To EU :
  • Airmail Post : £10.00 For initial item, £5.00 Per additional item
  • Intl Signed For : £28.00 For initial item, £8.00 Per additional item
  • To Rest of Europe :
  • Airmail Post : £10.00 For initial item, £5.00 Per additional item
  • Intl Signed For : £28.00 For initial item, £8.00 Per additional item
  • To Americas :
  • Airmail Post : £10.00 For initial item, £5.00 Per additional item
  • Intl Signed For : £28.00 For initial item, £8.00 Per additional item
  • To Rest of World :
  • Airmail Post : £10.00 For initial item, £5.00 Per additional item
  • Intl Signed For : £28.00 For initial item, £8.00 Per additional item
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