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Commodore/Amiga 570 CD-ROM Drive and Commodore/Amiga 590 Hard Drive

cbm/amidrives/a570.gif The interfaces on the Amiga 570 and 590 are clearly unique. Unlike the other Amiga disk drives, which reside on the Amigas "Floppy" bus, these drives actually plug into the Amiga 500s expansion bus (where memory expansion, CPU upgrades, and other peripherals would also go).

The A570 was released in 1991 soon after the CDTV. Its purpose was actually to allow an Amiga 500 to emulate the CDTV unit by providing not only the necessary proprietary interface CD-ROM drive, but by also providing the CDTV ROM chips as well.

The A590 includes an RDB and SCSIDirect compatible SCSI adaptor along with 2 megabytes of RAM expansion. The A590 also includes an XTIDE interface, which is the 8-bit version of the modern ATA IDE. Reportedly, some 590s were actually shipped with XTIDE drives, though most included SCSI units.


Model    : Amiga 570
Type     : CD-ROM Drive
Media    : SCSI CD-ROM
Capacity : As per CD
Interface: Amiga 500 Expansion bus
Dos      : N/A (Computer controlled)
Notes    : Single Speed


Model    : Amiga 590
Type     : Hard Drive
Media    : SCSI or XTIDE
Capacity : 20mb drive space, 2mb ram
Interface: Amiga 500 Expansion bus
Dos      : N/A (Computer controlled)
Notes    :

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