Backup Sega Mega Drive cartridges with Arduino Mega

After his experimenting with reading the data from Sega Mega Drive console cartridges, Lee has now documented the methods for backing up the contents of an entire game cartridge to a PC. Using an Arduino Mega-style board, and a PC running a python scipt you can blast the whole ROM over to the PC, and save the contents as a personal backup. 

So if you need to backup your old Mega Drive games – now is the time. Head over to the project page for the Arduino sketch and python code. And we’re on twitter, so follow us for news and product updates as well. 

To follow Lee’s project you’ll need a Mega-compatible board such as the Freetronics EtherMega:

Quite simple the EtherMega is the fully-loaded Arduino-compatible board on the market today. Apart from being completely Arduino Mega2560-compatible, it includes full Ethernet interface, a microSD card socket, full USB interface, optional Power-over-Ethernet support and still has a circuit prototyping area with extra I2C interface pins. So if your project is breaking the limits, upgrade to the EtherMega today. 

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