Apple IIe Help

Discussion in 'Apple Collectors' started by MacBoy108, Jan 6, 2008.

  1. MacBoy108 macrumors 6502


    Oct 23, 2007
    Yorba Linda CA
    I have my Apple IIe all hooked up and a disk drive too and I'm not sure what way to put in the disk with the label facing forward?
  2. MartyMoe macrumors regular

    Oval window goes in first

    Is it one of the 5 1/4" disks? Then, label facing up, oval window at the bottom of the disk going in first, so that that oval ends up deep into the drive with the label most likely under your thumb, as it were. If there is a write-protect tab clipped out, that should be to the left.

    Sometimes the disks are double-sided, in which you could use both sides, but that was not recommended if I remember rightly. I still did it, though... but I kept two copies of things.

    I don't have a picture handy, but I hope this gets the idea across.
  3. MacBoy108 thread starter macrumors 6502


    Oct 23, 2007
    Yorba Linda CA
    Thanks I put it in and it made some noise. But it did not do anything it must have had no data perhaps?
  4. MartyMoe macrumors regular

    You are right, if it just spins, then it either might not have any data, or there might be an issue with the drive or disk.

    If I recall, if you start up the Apple without a disk, then you only get some basic Applesoft (BASIC) prompt; in order to run any programs that access the floppy drive, you need to load either a program disk or an Operating System. The last one I used was DOS 3.3; I never worked with PRODOS but that is another option.

    I don't know what the copyright issues are these days, but I think there were FTP sites from Apple where you could get DOS disks. I don't remember where they were, it was a long time ago, but I can look...
  5. David Schmidt macrumors 6502

    David Schmidt

    Aug 22, 2006
    Southeastern USA
  6. MartyMoe macrumors regular

    I am sorry, I can't find it right now.. haven't looked for it in a long time (my Apple II use is on hold...) but I can try again... I just can't find it tonight.
  7. Roderick Usher macrumors regular

    Dec 9, 2006
    I'll add a couple of links to Apple II emulators which are very useful for testing out disk images prior to transfer:

    Virtual ][ (OS X):

    AppleWin (Windows):

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