The 21 Second Backup used special hardware
Claims: The worlds fastest copier! It takes only 21 seconds to duplicate an original diskette, one keystroke provides the user with a complete backup. It works every time!
Also 21 Second backup will not work with the Burst Nibbler Cable. The program looks for this cable and will not work if the Burst Nibbler cable is found. This is because the cables are different.
Here is the software and build notes of this kit: 21 second backup Plus
This is my copy of CODEBUSTER which was released in 1985. This was released a few months after ISEPIC, which was the 1st Snapshot type of cartridge. CodeBuster was the 2nd.
ISEPIC was a RAM based copier
Codebuster was a ROM Based snap shot
Then Super Snapshot was a ROM & RAM copier
This cartridge is SUPER RARE, the first 100 cartridges released was called Codebuster before having it’s name changed to Snapshot 64.
Here is a video I made of me first trying out and testing the CODEBUSTER
I scanned in the manual and you can download it here for free:
Here are a few more photos:
the ISEPIC Cartridge
2017 marked the re-issue of the original “Freezer” cartridge first released in June 1985. It only remained on the market for 6 months before it was thought to have vanished into Commodore history.
Below is a great article from KILOBYTE Magazine here:
Article used by permission:
The ECHO was developed by Jim Drew.
The Echo and it’s software was released before the Shadow (Megasoft)
The Echo software also because the Supercard version
From Jim Drew, “ECHO was sold for about 6 months or so (through my company called “UnderWare”) before it was renamed as Supercard and sold through Utilities Unlimited, a spin-off company that Reggie created due to the Shadow disaster which destroyed Megasoft. UnderWare had ads in Compute!, RUN, and several other magazines. I sold ECHO, X-RAY (a density display), and a few other products. ”
Phantom by Trilogic info sent to me by Draven
This 1541 board worked with the Doppelganger software – Link is HERE
From the ad below: This is a fastloader, Fast formatter, 60 additional commands, Write Protect ignored – no need to notch disk, plus tons more. Check out the ad and then photos of this board:
The release order of Commodore snap shot cartridges
1. Isepic was the first
2. Codebuster (This is the same cartridge as SnapShot 64 and Clonebusters)
3. Final Cartridge
4. Super Snapshot
5. Freeze Cart (Europe)
6. Action Replay
Codebusters was renamed for a very short time to Clonebusters for Micro W.
Then for marketing reasons then name was changed to SnapShot 64.
List help from Craig Ernster