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Temporary Joe's picture
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800k disks

I had a post for this, but my 'Pod ate it. Anyway, is there any way to read 800k floppies for modern Macs with USB floppy drives? Even OS 9?

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Not really.

The 800KB disk used a variable speed rotation (designed by the Woz) to get that extra capacity out of it. So a stock floppy drive is not going to be able to read it, even inside a Mac. Find someone local who owns an old Mac II or compact Mac (I have an SE), and ask them kindly to retrieve the files.

Where's your local Mac User Group ?

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I thought it was software and hoping a utility could retrieve it. That or using an emulator.

mmmmna's picture
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Well, 4+ years have passed and there seems to be something new for salvaging older Mac diskettes of any kind. http://www.kryoflux.com/ could be a start, but that site is, IMO, full of 'too much information'. Me, I'm not sure how to use their converter hardware with a modern mac to read ancient floppies and then generate the files and folders which were on the ancient diskettes, if you see my point. If anyone gets one, share your experiences, please!!

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What I see on their pages is a raw data "sector read" device. The job of assembling the sectors into actual files appears to be up to the user.

I don't own one so I'm just guessing.

Gary

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Here are a couple of other bit-level disk reading devices:
http://www.cbmstuff.com/proddetail.php?prod=SCP
http://www.deviceside.com/fc5025.html

The SuperCardPro is one of the nicer ones. I'd prefer it over the KF.
The FC-5025 is good, but doesn't have the hardware capability to handle copy protection.

I should also mention the DiscFerret board, but it's currently unavailable.
If someone does have a bit-level disk reader, such images of uncracked copy-protected games would be GREATLY appreciated!

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I started this thread nearly five years ago, and sadly, even by 2009, I believe the user group at the university I go to now (I was in high school in 2009) has shuttered. The university is still large enough (one of the largest in the country) that I fully believe a classic Mac user group could be founded, though. Too bad I'm a senior now.