Solved open and convert 3 square floppy to CD

August 8, 2017 at 07:30:07
Specs: Macintosh
need a machine to open 3 " square floppy and place content on a CD for a Mac Pro. The discs were Seattle Filmworks dated 9-04-96 mac format.

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August 8, 2017 at 10:32:10
Look here, it is very extensive so read it all.

http://jonesrh.info/sfw/index.html

MIKE

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#1
August 8, 2017 at 07:34:39
Have you access to a USB external floppy drive?

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August 8, 2017 at 08:16:51
I have no access and don't know were to look. Is there a commercial service available?

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August 8, 2017 at 09:27:15
They can be found on Amazon, possibly Egghead, and eNay for not much money

Search for USB floppy drives

and you likely fond many sources. Typically around £8 or so ($10).


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#4
August 8, 2017 at 09:35:06
Buying a floppy drive wouldn't help you, as you say they are Mac format and I don't think a USB floppy would work on a modern Mac. Yes, there are companies that will convert these disks for you. This article gives you a starting point: http://uk.pcmag.com/desktop-reviews...

But bear in mind that the converted files may still be useless without the software that created them.

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August 8, 2017 at 10:20:15
mmm If one digs around the web via whatever search engine... one finds this item is around variously. Overall my impression is that they "can" be accessed/read at least both by emulators (of sorts for windows systems), and via Apple software. Some sources suggest Apple's (Mac's) diskcopy will find them and allow read access at least?

These discussions do go into it all in some detail and may be worth to read at least?

http://lowendmac.com/2016/floppy-di...

http://siber-sonic.com/mac/newmillf...

At worst, it may be that one has to find an Apple floppy disk drive (external/usb of course); but it may be possible with "some" of the more recent usb-floppy drives too (They're usually used with windows systems, but possibly will work with Macs and "some" older Mac formatted floppies - but perhaps not all?) But the impression I get from one or both of the above discussions is that it ought to be possible to at least read them (and thus copy content) with a usb floppy...

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August 8, 2017 at 10:27:32
And one more discussion around the whole scenario; from which you'll see, you're not alone with this situation.

https://arstechnica.com/civis/viewt...


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August 8, 2017 at 10:32:10
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Look here, it is very extensive so read it all.

http://jonesrh.info/sfw/index.html

MIKE

http://www.skeptic.com/


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#8
August 10, 2017 at 06:51:25
Hi Doclu, please clarify,

you advise:- 3" Floppy

Do you mean:- 3.5"Floppy

Good Luck - Keep us posted


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August 12, 2017 at 05:01:38
doclu

For an inexpensive external floppy drive that is compatible with a Mac, try Ebay.
Found this one that should work:

https://www.ebay.com/p/LaCie-Extern...

It plugs into your Mac using a USB cable.

MIKE

http://www.skeptic.com/


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