Can Macs read 1.44mb Floppys?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by drgrafix, Jan 25, 2009.

  1. drgrafix macrumors regular

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    I have a ton of leftover floppies which have loads old archived image & html files that I'd like to transfer to a HDD or DVD. I still have a PC, but it doesn't have a floppy drive so I need to check/extract/format before I throw them in the garbage. If I buy a standard USB Floppy, can I do this from the mac or should I stick with the pc?
     
  2. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    Yes, you can buy an external USB floppy drive and read floppies with your Mac.
     
  3. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

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    Don't they have to be Mac formatted? Or am I thinking about Classic?

    The last time I used a floppy on a Mac was in Classic.
     
  4. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    I have successfully had a 24" aluminum iMac read a Windows 95 install floppy, so it should be good however it is formatted.

    OP, the floppy disk died twelve years ago. You're a little late to the game transferring your data. :D;)
     
  5. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

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    Ok, so it did change with the conversion to OS X.
     
  6. drgrafix thread starter macrumors regular

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    COOL! Thanks guys! This will help me get rid of some junk in my place!
     
  7. portent macrumors 6502a

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    Nope. Macs have been able to read FAT floppies since the late '80s.
     
  8. drgrafix thread starter macrumors regular

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    Just wanted to follow up that the Dynex USB Floppy is PnP and no software is needed to install. It works great, and thanks again for the help.
     

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