Floppy drive question....seriously

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by tutenstein, Dec 24, 2005.

  1. tutenstein macrumors member

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    #1
    Ok. Bear with me on this.

    My brother used a Mac. He liked to write and I found some Floppys that I'm hoping have some of his work on them.

    He passed away in 1997. I have know idea what version of Mac OS he used or what was used for the floppys I found.

    I want to buy a Floppy disk drive, but I don't know if I can just get any kind.

    One of the floppys discs I'm looking at right now is a 3M 1.40MB
    Another says MFD-2DD

    I just want to make sure I don't get the wrong Floppy drive, if, in fact, it does make a difference.

    I don't even know if, when I get the Floppy drive, I'll be able to access what is on the disc, but if I did, it would be great.

    I'm sorry if this is posted in the wrong forum.
    Thanks for any help.
     
  2. Deepdale macrumors 68000

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    Two months ago I bought a LaCie Pocket USB Floppy Disk Drive in order to transfer numerous old files that were saved to floppies from between 1995 and 1999. I am looking at the manual and it states the following under "Supported Diskette Types (3.5 inch)"

    Diskette Format Support
    2HD 1.44 MB PC Read/Write/Format
    2HD 1.4 MB Mac Read/Write/Format *
    --------------------------------------------------------------
    Diskette Format Support
    2DD 720 KB PC Read/Write/Format
    2DD 800 KB Mac Not Supported

    * Macintosh Only

    Everything worked perfectly for me and your situation should be okay ... hope this helps.
     
  3. balamw Moderator

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    Seems to rule out the MFD-2DD no? ;)

    How about find someone here with a vintage Mac and have the data transferred over to modern media?

    B
     
  4. tutenstein thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks

    Thank you for the reply. It does help. I'm new to Mac, and floppys....well...nuff said!!!
     
  5. Deepdale macrumors 68000

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    Yes ... the booklet is clear on that one.
     

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