mac plus / floppy questions

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macrumors 6502a
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i have my dads 1987 mac plus with about 200-300 floppy's, i have two questions, how reliable can the 800k floppy's be after 20 years (plus and the floppy's have been in storage for over 10 years), and i have read i need to replace all the caps on the analog and logic boards as they become unreliable, is this necessary
 

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All my 800K floppies seem to still work without error. That said, I'm not going around storing important documents on them either. At this point I assume that any of them can fail at any time. The good news is that most old software is available on the internet. If you're worried about particular applications or documents you have on the disks, though - I'd find a way to back them up.

As far as the capacitors, all you can really do is power on the machine and see if things work. If it works, great! I'd only worry about it if the machine stops working, and deal with it then. A failed capacitor won't hurt anything else, and I doubt you're using the Plus for any mission critical work. ;)
 

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macrumors 6502a
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if i recall right last time i used the mac 99% of the floppy's i tried worked, would you happen to know what version of the apple cd extension i need to get my apple cd drive working
 

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macrumors 6502a
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ok just powered up the plus and the internal drive (witch was on its way out) is completely dead (just starts clicking after the ram check) dose anyone know how to fix it or have a spare drive / know where i can buy one in the uk
 
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