Need floppy drive compatible with Leopard

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  1. dotcomlarry macrumors regular

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    I know, I know, what heathen am I to need a floppy drive for Leopard... However, I've been handed some old floppy disks at work that I need to recover files from to back up on CD/DVD. I've looked around a bit and haven't been too encouraged about finding a floppy drive that's compatible with Leopard. So I wanted to ask the MacRumors community...

    Is there a floppy drive out there that's compatible with Leopard? They're all Mac formatted floppies, so I can't access them in Fusion.
     
  2. psingh01 macrumors 65816

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    I think any USB Floppy Drive would work. You could also use MacDrive software http://www.mediafour.com/products/macdrive/ to access mac formatted disks from a windows machine.
     
  3. Sky Blue Guest

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    Yeah, we have an old one that works with Leopard.
     
  4. dotcomlarry thread starter macrumors regular

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    I tried using a TEAC FD-05PUB that my boss had lying around. It works for him on his Windows machine, but doesn't come up in Leopard even with a disk in.
     
  5. MisterMe macrumors G4

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    What kind of disk?
     
  6. dotcomlarry thread starter macrumors regular

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  7. kopesetic macrumors newbie

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    FYI,

    I have a similar problem. I have two different Macs running 10.4 that do not want to mount older floppies. I am using a USB TEAC FD-05PUB.

    I can put in a new disk and format it and use the new floppy, but some old floppies are unreadable.

    However, when I boot my machine into system 9.3 it will read the old floppies just fine.

    Ideally I would like to get 10.4 to do the job, but system 9 is working for me now.

    Kevin
     
  8. Guiyon macrumors 6502a

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    It depends on the type of floppy. Most drives will have no problem reading the old 720KB/1.44MB double-sided ones but I have yet to find a drive that will read the older 800k floppies; even the 720/1.44 floppies have a tendency to be VERY touch under MacOS X though. I have my beige G3 floating around for just this reason as I am in the process of archiving a bunch of these old disks to a DVD. I've found the most reliable way to do everything is to image each disk MacOS 8/9 using Disk Copy, save it to an IDE drive, pop the drive into an external case (or, in the case of OS9, enable file sharing over TCP/IP), copy the images over, convert them to "dmg" using hdiutil and burn the batch to a CD or DVD.
     

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