external usb pc/mac floppy drive question

Discussion in 'General Mac Discussion' started by spike326, Sep 23, 2003.

  1. spike326 macrumors newbie

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    I am thinking of getting an external usb pc/mac floppy drive for my mac laptop. My question is, can my mac laptop read an ibm formatted diskette and tranfer files to that diskette? If so, can I then put the diskette in my Windows PC desktop and read the diskette then take the files off of the diskette?
     
  2. MoparShaha macrumors 68000

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    Yes you can. You just have to format the floppy in MS-DOS filesystem. Just to go Disk Utility in /Applications/Utilities and select "erase", and make sure its formatting in MS-DOS. Macs can read windows disks, but windows can't read mac.
     
  3. spike326 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    So I cant exchange files from my mac to pc and vice-versa using the same ibm formatted diskette?
     
  4. MoparShaha macrumors 68000

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    You can read and write from either the mac or the PC using a MS-DOS formatted disk. The Mac will treat the MS-DOS formatted disk exactly the same as it would a Mac formatted disk. Read/write, you can do both with no problems from either machine.
     

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