I've just gotten my first Apple IIgs(and first Apple II in a long time, and I didn't having thing beyond floppies then), so I'm trying to map out the storage scene to get software from a modern computer(Windows/Mac/Linux) and see if there's anything missing in my research(a lot of info seems to be older, but maybe no out of date). The bare minimum of what I want to do is be able to create new disks from images, but something that emulates a hard drive. Looks like ADTPro and a cable fits that bare minimum requirement, and might be something I look into as a sort of a back up since it seems to be about the only cheap and DIY friendly approach. Looks like compared to the retro PCs, the Apple IIgs(and II in general) seems to have options similar to, but more expensive than, the XT-IDE cards and Gotek floppy emulator.
From what I can tell the only two real options seem to be the MicroDrive Turbo and the FloppyEmu with other options being produced in such limited quality they're not worth considering. If there are other options, I'd be glad to hear about it. From what I've read, the Micro Drive seems to be fast and a good fit for the IIgs, but seems like it can be kind of clunky to work with. The FloppyEmu, according to what I've read, seems to be much slower due to using the floppy interface, but it much more widely compatble across the retro Apple landscape, which may be useful if I start getting some older Macs(right now my oldest Mac is a Powerbook 3400c, so wouldn't be useful outside of the IIgs for now). Am I missing any other good options in the IIgs storage space? Between the Microdrive and FloppyEmu what would you get to work best for a IIgs?