How to get files from basilisk II on a pc to a Mac SE


macrumors newbie
Original poster
Aug 12, 2006

I've coppied files from a Mac SE onto a 3.5 floppy. I then used HFVexplorer to make an image of that file that was opened up and used in Basilisk II.

I'm trying to go backward now coppying a file from basilisk II onto a 3.5 floppy that can be read by my Mac SE superdrive. Is there way to do this?

Thanks in advance

David Schmidt

macrumors 6502
Aug 22, 2006
Southeastern USA
Retrace your steps...

Hmmm. Why can't you retrace your steps backwards? Put the files you want in the Basilisk II image, HFVe the image back onto a floppy...? What am I missing?


macrumors newbie
Original poster
Aug 12, 2006
Hey David.

That's what I thought too.

I get hung up on HVFexplorer. The minute I try and copy the file from the disk image that was made in Basilisk II on to the A: drive in HFV explorer, it asks to overwrite it. Once it's overwritten the mac se won't be able to see it.
I guess you could say it's more with an HFV explorer issue.

Addendum: Now that I got my Mac Classic running...

Now. I'm going though this whole exercise because I'm trying to salvage a game that is still on my 20 year old floppies. It's from a game called Uninvited.

There is this one stubborn file that seems to be write protected. I downloaded the game from Macintosh Garden. However, there are a couple of scenes missing. I have the original disks and thought that I would just copy the files and move them over to Basilisk II on my PC. Also for the sake of exercise, as I have a bunch of wP docs that I would like to move over to basilisk ll on my PC. The Uninvited files coppied except one: The application file. It seems to be write protected. But now that I have the HD up and running, perhaps I can get Apple file exchange to see some of the copy apps I'm bringing over from the PC. I don't think it will work, but it's worth a shot!

what do you think?

Are you familiar with Basilisk II, or HVFexplorer?

Hey Got it!!!

It was kind of like just retracing my steps but there is one point that gets tricky. But I got it!

However, the copy apps that I moved over to the Mac Classic didn't copy the disk! It must be write protected! Because I know the disks work.

I tried all but one: DiskCopy which requires sys 7.0.1. time to buy some floppies!!


macrumors 603
Jul 17, 2004
PCs cannot read Mac-formatted floppies. Not just the formatting, but Mac floppy drives could spin faster or slower to fit more data onto a disk. That's why Macs had 800KB floppies and PCs had 720KB floppies.

Try having HFV make a 720KB Mac-formatted floppy. That way, the PC hardware can read it; Basillisk II can read it; and your SE can read it.

(I don't think that the ability to read DOS-formatted floppies came along until OS 8, or perhaps 7.5)


macrumors 65832
Aug 2, 2004
(I don't think that the ability to read DOS-formatted floppies came along until OS 8, or perhaps 7.5)
PC Exchange was first included as part of the system software in System 7.5 in November 1994... before that the ability was provided by additional software that you had to pay for. Actually 7.5's main advances were the inclusion of a ton of features that had been third party software up to that point (including hierarchical Apple Menu, window shade and menu clock as I recall).

The ability to read/write PC disks was one of the key features that Apple listed for all new Macs that came with 7.5 preinstalled.