Way to copy to old macs?

Discussion in 'Apple Collectors' started by Zellio, Oct 14, 2017.

  1. Zellio macrumors 65816


    Feb 7, 2012
    So I don't know where to put this, but this seems appropriate. How do I copy to an old Mac/Powerbook using system 7/9? I have some mac formatted floppies but not much else to work with
  2. MikeatOSX macrumors regular


    Mar 26, 2007
    You should tell us first WHICH PowerBook you own.
  3. Zellio, Oct 15, 2017
    Last edited: Oct 15, 2017

    Zellio thread starter macrumors 65816


    Feb 7, 2012
    The one in question is a 1400c with floppy drive instead of disk drive. And I have two apple desktops from that time period and a 190cs as well, so the question could be used for many other devices, but does it matter too much? Surely there's a way to get files onto the 2mb mac formatted floppies? I have tried and they do work on all (mac related products I mentioned above) with 3 1/2" floppy drive bays

    The problem here is that the next step up, my g3, uses system 9 but has no floppy bays. Nothing below has a cd drive. I'm not sure how to proceed
  4. David Schmidt macrumors 6502

    David Schmidt

    Aug 22, 2006
    Southeastern USA
    You might get away with a USB-attached floppy drive on the G3 with HD disks. I've not had tons of luck with really-new USB drives and disks (even HD disks) formatted long, long ago, but you might be able to get an interoperable disk if you format it using the G3.
  5. Zellio thread starter macrumors 65816


    Feb 7, 2012
    I have a usb floppy drive, I'll try this later. If anyone has any other ideas, let me know
  6. Anonymous Freak macrumors 603

    Anonymous Freak

    Dec 12, 2002
    A USB floppy drive should work - it works on my Retina MacBook Pro running macOS High Sierra just fine!

    A USB floppy drive should be able to read HD (1.4M / 2.0M) floppy disks just fine, but will not be able to read older DD (800k / 720k / 1.0M) floppy disks.

    Note that you will have best results using an MS-DOS formatted (FAT) floppy disk, rather than a Macintosh formatted (HFS) disk, but that would require your older Macs having PC Exchange or similar Extension active.

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