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I've been reading a lot about SD card carts, SD card hacks, and other such goodies. Recently there seems to be lots of items in the pipe to replace the original CD rom drive in older systems with SD card alternatives. I know I want to future proof some of my original hardware, mostly my Saturn. I thought it would be nice to see what products everyone is following, has, or what ever.

Edit: Had some time so I decided to try to update the list a bit. It’s now organize by decade, classifying by when the system was most popular and not by release date. Systems then appear in Alphabetical order with competing options in bullet points below each system. Please note that I have not tried all the options below and that this list is mostly for system preservation.

70’s
Atari 2600
   •   Harmony SD cart

Intellivision
   •   LTO

80’s
Atari 5200
    •      5200 SD

ColecoVision
   •   https://www.atarimax.com/colecosd/documentation/

NES/Famicon
   •      Ever Drive   
   •      http://www.retrousb.com/product_info.php?products_id=34          

90’s (early)
Sega Genesis/Mega Drive
   •   Ever Drive multiple options

SNES
   •   https://krikzz.com/store/

TurboGrafx-16/PC engine
   •   https://krikzz.com/store/

90’s (mid to late)
3DO
   •   http://3do-renovation.ru/How_to_buy.htm

Dream cast
   •   https://gdemu.wordpress.com
   •   http://3do-renovation.ru/How_to_buy.htm

PSX
   •   http://ps-io.com

Sega Saturn
   •   https://gdemu.wordpress.com
   •   Alternative in development

2000’s
Game Cube
   •    SD-Media-Launcher

PS2
   •   HDD replacement mod

Wii
   •   WiiBrew soft mod

Xbox (Original)
   •    Soft mod
   •   CoinOPS (Your going to have to find your won links as the one’s I found all seem to also point to Roms)

Hand Helds
I’ll have to get back to this to fill this section in.

Old list below till I finish updating


edit: thomas_surles found an article at retro collect that has a very comprehensive list. I'll keep this list going with new item members post about. If you get any devise that loads Rom/ISO a sort review post would be welcome.


Here is a list of some I have read about
 
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Re: List of SD card hack, carts, alternative replacements to CD drive.
« Reply #1 on: January 01, 2015, 08:24:54 pm »
Consider that such a list would require constant updates. I watch some of the stuff coming out of AtariAge and that is the pinnacle of Cottage Industry stuff. Some of those boards have one run, period. Miss the buy-in and you'll have to pray another buy-in comes along within the year, otherwise you have to watch another 2-5 year long development cycle for another limited run board.

I can't imagine any of the dead optical based systems would have that much more interest in similar boards.

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Re: List of SD card hack, carts, alternative replacements to CD drive.
« Reply #2 on: January 01, 2015, 08:38:55 pm »
GDEMU is for dreamcast.

That sarooo site is in simplified Chinese, so I cant translate it :/
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Re: List of SD card hack, carts, alternative replacements to CD drive.
« Reply #3 on: January 01, 2015, 09:51:36 pm »
GDEMU is for dreamcast.

That sarooo site is in simplified Chinese, so I cant translate it :/

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Re: List of SD card hack, carts, alternative replacements to CD drive.
« Reply #4 on: January 02, 2015, 12:46:42 am »
GDEMU is for dreamcast.

That sarooo site is in simplified Chinese, so I cant translate it :/

Fixed. He has a DC and a Saturn one in the works, I just missed labeled one. Others have

Sarooo http://www.retrocollect.com/News/sega-saturn-iso-loading-flash-cartridge-sarooo-in-development.html


Consider that such a list would require constant updates. I watch some of the stuff coming out of AtariAge and that is the pinnacle of Cottage Industry stuff. Some of those boards have one run, period. Miss the buy-in and you'll have to pray another buy-in comes along within the year, otherwise you have to watch another 2-5 year long development cycle for another limited run board.

I can't imagine any of the dead optical based systems would have that much more interest in similar boards.

It would also let you play back ups with out having to ever change disk. I definitely want something like a multi cart for my Saturn. I'm hoping to jump on something when it comes out.     
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Re: List of SD card hack, carts, alternative replacements to CD drive.
« Reply #5 on: January 02, 2015, 09:42:35 am »
How about the ad media launcher for gamecube/ Wii in gamecube mode.
For ps2 there is he loader. (Not ad but you can use a hard drive or Usb stick)
And then there are the everdrive carts for older systems.

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« Reply #6 on: January 02, 2015, 12:15:04 pm »
Looks like the PSX one plugs into where the gameshark went.  Except that port was only there on the older systems.
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Re: List of SD card hack, carts, alternative replacements to CD drive.
« Reply #7 on: January 02, 2015, 12:26:27 pm »
How about the ad media launcher for gamecube/ Wii in gamecube mode.
For ps2 there is he loader. (Not ad but you can use a hard drive or Usb stick)
And then there are the everdrive carts for older systems.

I added the "ad media loader. I am not sure where to find he loader did you mean "Open PS2 Loader"? If you post a link or PM me I'll take a look. I left out the ever drives because most every one knows about them and there not CD replacements. I'll add them in.

Looks like the PSX one plugs into where the gameshark went.  Except that port was only there on the older systems.
There is a work around for the newer PS1 models. I think you can read about it on there FAQ's.
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Re: List of SD card hack, carts, alternative replacements to CD drive.
« Reply #8 on: January 02, 2015, 08:43:25 pm »
I meant "sd" media launcher for gamecube my phone auto corrected to ad

And hd loader for ps2 comes on the latest version of freemcboot.
Here is  how to.http://www.ehow.co.uk/how_7615210_install-hd-loader-memory-card.html
It's more of a mod than an attachment. But replaces the drive. But there is a limit Of 225 games

I just checked out open ps2 loader and apparently has no game limit. I have not tried this.
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« Reply #9 on: January 05, 2015, 11:36:51 am »
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Re: List of SD card hack, carts, alternative replacements to CD drive.
« Reply #10 on: January 05, 2015, 03:28:08 pm »
GDEMU requires you to have a V1 DC for install.

There is another alternative for the Dreamcast:  MNEMO's USB Dreamcast board https://gbatemp.net/threads/dreamcast-usb-loader-coming-soon.373014/

It apparently works on all model versions, and has a better menu system.

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Re: List of SD card hack, carts, alternative replacements to CD drive.
« Reply #11 on: January 05, 2015, 03:42:08 pm »
GDEMU requires you to have a V1 DC for install.

There is another alternative for the Dreamcast:  MNEMO's USB Dreamcast board https://gbatemp.net/threads/dreamcast-usb-loader-coming-soon.373014/

It apparently works on all model versions, and has a better menu system.
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« Reply #12 on: January 06, 2015, 12:48:20 pm »
GDEMU requires you to have a V1 DC for install.

There is another alternative for the Dreamcast:  MNEMO's USB Dreamcast board https://gbatemp.net/threads/dreamcast-usb-loader-coming-soon.373014/

It apparently works on all model versions, and has a better menu system.

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Re: List of SD card hack, carts, alternative replacements to CD drive.
« Reply #13 on: February 22, 2015, 02:18:07 pm »
My Rhea has shipped.  ;D

I have no idea if the my current Saturn is a compatible 20-pin drive model. I won't find out till I am home this summer or if my brother does the install. If its not I'll be looking for a compatible Saturn.   

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« Reply #14 on: February 25, 2015, 09:25:59 am »
Does anyone know more about the psio? Like will it also let you run a backup CD as well as on the sd card? I mean it says it let's you run code. Just curious.

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« Reply #15 on: February 25, 2015, 11:20:37 am »
My Rhea has shipped.  ;D

I have no idea if the my current Saturn is a compatible 20-pin drive model. I won't find out till I am home this summer or if my brother does the install. If its not I'll be looking for a compatible Saturn.

how much is it?
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« Reply #16 on: February 25, 2015, 01:28:15 pm »

how much is it?

More then I would like to admit. €130,00 EUR with shipping to the US.

I love the Saturn and it's the only single system I would drop that kind of money on.

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« Reply #17 on: February 25, 2015, 01:31:43 pm »
Does anyone know more about the psio? Like will it also let you run a backup CD as well as on the sd card? I mean it says it let's you run code. Just curious.


From the PSIO FAQ:
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Can I boot my backed up CD-R's from PSIO instead of from the SD card?
Yes.

http://ps-io.com/faq.html

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« Reply #18 on: February 25, 2015, 01:56:33 pm »
My Rhea has shipped.  ;D

I have no idea if the my current Saturn is a compatible 20-pin drive model. I won't find out till I am home this summer or if my brother does the install. If its not I'll be looking for a compatible Saturn.

Mine is in transit as well!  I ended up getting a Black US Saturn with a busted CD drive locally, for practically nothing. Perfect for this kind of mod! 

In other news, I was able to get my order in on a USB-GDROM board as well. This one was a bit pricier than the Rhea, so I had to loose a couple arcade boards to fund it. (funny enough, they're games that have perfect ports to the Saturn :) )

Looks like 2015 is going to be my year of Sega!  :gobama

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« Reply #19 on: February 25, 2015, 02:08:06 pm »

Mine is in transit as well!  I ended up getting a Black US Saturn with a busted CD drive locally, for practically nothing. Perfect for this kind of mod! 

In other news, I was able to get my order in on a USB-GDROM board as well. This one was a bit pricier than the Rhea, so I had to loose a couple arcade boards to fund it. (funny enough, they're games that have perfect ports to the Saturn :) )

Looks like 2015 is going to be my year of Sega!  :gobama

That does look cool. How much did you pay and can you share the like to where you ordered from?
Here is a like of the USB-GDROM in actions.
http://www.retrocollect.com/News/usb-gdrom-controller-sega-dreamcast-gets-another-disc-drive-replacement-allowing-up-to-2tb-of-game-storage.html

I may try the G1-ATA mod when its a little further along and better documented.
http://gamehacking.org/vb/threads/10309-How-To-Attach-A-Hard-Drive-To-The-Sega-Dreamcast-amp-Load-Games-Via-Dreamshell


And My Brother emailed to let me know that my Saturn is a 20pin model.
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« Reply #20 on: February 25, 2015, 02:29:25 pm »
Order the USB-GDROM from here (official site) :  http://3do-renovation.ru/How_to_buy.htm

I plan on removing the USB port on the board, and installing a header to connect a USB cable with JST connectors. That way I can mount an SSD hard drive, internally, so I dont' have to modify the case in any way. 

At the end of the day, this is a fairly pricey upgrade  :dizzy: , but I love the DC so much and it's a small price to pay (sold two CPS2 boards) to have it working for many years to come.

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« Reply #21 on: February 25, 2015, 02:37:59 pm »
Thats not that bad. €137.00 EUR is only 7 EUR more then the Rhea. You should do a thread on the mod and install. I would consider giving it a try if I have the cash down to burn.

I need to pick up a working DC this summer, as I have a copy of Elysian Shadows coming at some point. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1945059142/elysian-shadows-next-gen-2d-rpg

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« Reply #22 on: February 25, 2015, 02:51:23 pm »
I dont see where/how to order the rhea.   I now have THREE Saturns, 2 US and 1 Jap

Guess the Rhea cant region mod or is there a way to patch the ISO?
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« Reply #23 on: February 25, 2015, 03:22:58 pm »
I dont see where/how to order the rhea.   I now have THREE Saturns, 2 US and 1 Jap

Guess the Rhea cant region mod or is there a way to patch the ISO?

How to order a Rhea can be found here:
https://gdemu.wordpress.com/ordering/ordering-rhea/
It involves emailing him and pay pail. I figured a lot of people have gotten his board so its probably a safe bet it will show up.

Yes you can patch the ISO. I don't know how but unless the internet has lied to me people have done it. But, If you get an Action Replay 4M Plus your saturn will be region free. 
http://www.amazon.com/Action-Replay-4M-Plus-enhancement-sega/dp/B008FPMBNG
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« Reply #24 on: February 25, 2015, 03:25:09 pm »
I dont see where/how to order the rhea.   I now have THREE Saturns, 2 US and 1 Jap
https://gdemu.wordpress.com/ordering/ordering-rhea/


Guess the Rhea cant region mod or is there a way to patch the ISO?

The Rhea is region agnostic, you can specify the region in the .ini file:  https://gdemu.wordpress.com/operation/rhea-operation/
I believe this is on a per card basis, and not per game.  So load up all your different region games onto different cards and set the region with the .ini file.

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« Reply #25 on: February 25, 2015, 08:20:49 pm »
I have an action replay, Im became a pro at the hotswap :)    I eventually just got a jap sat cause I got tired of it, but I dont wanna swing for 2 rheas :)
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« Reply #26 on: February 25, 2015, 08:23:31 pm »
You can region mod Saturn isos.....

First google hit -  http://madroms.satakore.com/

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« Reply #27 on: February 25, 2015, 09:21:59 pm »
You can region mod Saturn isos.....

First google hit -  http://madroms.satakore.com/

 :banghead:

Well I never used a saturn ISO before, I have actual jap discs.  I was hoping that the RHEA would auto patch or whatevs, but thanks for googling for me  :cheers:
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« Reply #28 on: February 26, 2015, 01:42:57 am »
The Rhea is region agnostic, you can specify the region in the .ini file:  https://gdemu.wordpress.com/operation/rhea-operation/
I believe this is on a per card basis, and not per game.  So load up all your different region games onto different cards and set the region with the .ini file.

Good to know. Are there any non US games I should definitely try?

I am also excited to play the fan translations of the Shining force III trilogy games and Dragon force the second.

http://sf3trans.shiningforcecentral.com

http://www.romhacking.net/translations/1622/
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« Reply #29 on: February 26, 2015, 09:52:04 am »
Well I never used a saturn ISO before, I have actual jap discs.  I was hoping that the RHEA would auto patch or whatevs, but thanks for googling for me  :cheers:

Yet you mastered the hot swap?  I don't believe you.  Region was set with a jumper on the Saturn, and it was child's play to add a switch.  Think I've still got a few legit Saturn import discs laying around.   YOU BUY.  :P
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« Reply #30 on: February 26, 2015, 09:56:27 am »
Yet you mastered the hot swap?  I don't believe you.  Region was set with a jumper on the Saturn, and it was child's play to add a switch.  Think I've still got a few legit Saturn import discs laying around.   YOU BUY.  :P

Ugh, after like a million tries I did have the timing down.  I saw the mod to add a toggle just never got around to it.  What Saturn imports ya got?
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« Reply #31 on: February 26, 2015, 01:41:50 pm »
I have seen Saturns with the  region mod, but I never looked to see how it was done before.

Locke fairly simple.

http://www.mmmonkey.co.uk/sega-saturn-country-mod-3/

http://www.gamesx.com/importmod/sat_switchless.htm

http://www.gamesx.com/wiki/doku.php?id=imports:sega_saturn

I just ordered an actions replay. I didn't know it require swapping disk to switch regions. Good thing I am getting my RHEA.
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Re: List of SD card hack, carts, alternative replacements to CD drive.
« Reply #32 on: February 26, 2015, 03:06:35 pm »
Shoot, that reminds me. I gotta grab a RAM extension cart.

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« Reply #33 on: March 01, 2015, 08:43:56 am »
I have an everdrive NES flash cart,and i can honestly say the thing just rocks! More and more mappers are always being supported with every firmware release,plus save state support for many popular mappers.a great buy for nes lovers.

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« Reply #34 on: March 03, 2015, 01:45:37 pm »
My mom called today to let me know, my Rhea has arrived. I wish I was in the US so I could get it all setup.

It's going to be a summer of Saturn.
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« Reply #35 on: March 21, 2015, 01:53:12 pm »
Yeah I got mine last week, and installed it right away. I got version 3.1, so it was super-simple to install. No soldering, just a couple cables to disconnect and re-connect to the board.

In fact, it probably took me longer to open the Saturn case than it took to install the board. :)



No problems, it worked right from the get-go. My only beef is that it only supports CDI, CCD+IMG+SUB, MDS+MDF, and ISO.  So if you have your game rips in another format, you'll have to convert them into one of these formats for it to recognize.

Oh, and of course, it would be nice if it had a GUI to select the games rather than the button on the board, but I heard there are plans for that in the future.

All-in-all, it runs like a dream. Loading seems quicker and the unit is silent, 2 big wins for this thing.  I picked up this Saturn for practically nothing because it had a busted drive, so upgrading to the Rhea was perfect for it.

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« Reply #36 on: March 21, 2015, 03:35:57 pm »
So Jelly. I wish I could afford one.
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« Reply #37 on: March 22, 2015, 01:23:06 am »
Thanks for the update, am living vicariously throw you at the moment. I can't wait to go home this summer and play some Saturn.

I hope your USB-GDROM install goes as well. I'm interested in how you like it. Debating getting one as well but the $200 plus pice tag after shipping and fees is not a small investment. For now still hoping the G1-ATA mod goes somewhere.
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« Reply #38 on: April 08, 2015, 01:43:24 pm »
Psio is now at 89% it's almost ready for beta run. I'm pretty excited. But I feel like it's going to be expensive. I was hoping it would be under $50 however I have a felling it's going to be $100 or more. What would you guys pay for one? Would I be better off just getting a modchip?

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« Reply #39 on: April 08, 2015, 02:22:30 pm »
It would be cheaper to get a mod chip for sure. But not necessarily better. Burning CDR's are a PITA, let alone having to store all of them.

  
 

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