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Discussion in 'Apple Collectors' started by danimations, Sep 12, 2006.
hi. just a quick question: which of the compact macs first featured high-density floppy support?
I think the "Classic" was the first to have a 1.44MB floppy, my 512ke and plus' had 800k drives.
The SE/30 was the first Mac (was it compact?) to come standard with a FDHD. I think you can plug an external FDHD drive in to any of 'em...
nope, the SE was made in a version with 1.4 FDHD also...
Here's a source:
So, technically - the SE/30 was first. But I suppose the SE was the first type to get (retro)fitted... it was just later than the SE/30.
you might be right.... however, I have a rare mac SE with dual 1.4mb drives and a hard drive in my collection. It was not upgraded, as it actually says "superdrive" right under the floppy drive. It is 1.4mb. It COUld have been an upgrade by apple, but Im not really sure.
According www.apple-history.com the Mac IIx had the 1.4MB drive, in Sept. 1988.
I just think it is amazing that all this time (6 years) I thought that FDHD stood for Floppy Disk, Hard Disk.
Ah, but the question was for compact macs! Semantics carry the day! ;-)
Actually, the IIx answers the question posed by the title of the thread (which doesn't include the stipulation of "compact").
On the subject of all Macs...
As I recall the Mac II had an upgrade from Apple that gave it a PMMU and replaced the original floppy drives. After the upgrade a II would still hold it's own against either a IIx or IIcx (even though the II only came with a 68020 at 16 MHz and a 68881 FPU). That upgrade became very popular with the release of System 7 (the first Mac OS that let you access more than 8 MB of memory).
Oops. No. I didn't see that you had said "compact."
thanks for the info guys... i'd heard it was the SE/30, so I'm not surprised.
And I imagine it was a little more info than you were planning on getting.