Connecting a Commodore floppy drive or printer to a PC is no longer a problem. Via USB this is very easy with different hardware solutions. But what I was missing was an elegant solution. So I came up with the idea of the XoomFloppy and packed the whole thing into a USB stick.
There are actually only a few components in the Commodore 1541 drive that like to die. The gate array, UC1 or MOS 325572-01 is one of them. And replacements are not cheap. But you can also build a replacement yourself.