800k Flopies can they be made?

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  1. Melonking macrumors newbie

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    Hi,
    Well I have a few old macs all working apart from my SE, I took it into my local mac store and they recommended getting some system 6.0.8 disks for it, but they had to be 800k floppy's.

    They also mentioned that with a non X mac you are able to make 800k floppy's out of normal ones? Is this true and if so how do I do it?
    Thanks
     
  2. David Schmidt macrumors 6502

    David Schmidt

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    Sage advice. They cannot be HD (1.4M), they must be DD (800k/720k). DD diskettes can be found easily via eBay. There is a site that sells System diskettes:
    http://www.rescuemyclassicmac.com
    It's not just non-OSX, but you need a beige G3 mac or older in order to create/read/write 800k floppies. You cannot use a USB floppy drive to deal with 800k disks.
     
  3. SuperJudge macrumors 6502

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    Bingo! I learned this recently when rehabilitating a Mac Plus and an SE.
     
  4. Sun Baked macrumors G5

    Sun Baked

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    Short term, data OK, long term data degrades quicker than the proper disks. Especially if they've been used once as 1.44MB disks.

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    Also if you format the 1.44MB as 800k, due to the hole there if you stick them in a 1.44MB drive that machine will ask if you want to format it -- risking data loss. Hence the use of opaque tape to protect the data.

    Going in the other direction people used a hole punch.

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    Yep, found it, slight difference in the magnetic media, and the way the data is stored, works in a pinch for short term ... but creates self destructing media.

    http://macfaq.org/hardware/media.shtml

    However, it is also within the realm of variation, just depended on your luck with media.
     
  5. Melonking thread starter macrumors newbie

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