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Getting files off a Mac Classic without a floppy drive

I have Seven Cities of Gold and Temple of Apshai, and made copies onto my Mac Classic's hard drive (unhacked of course) and make .sit archives. However, my floppy drive was being a bit temperamental and wasn't reading HD floppies, and now doesn't seem to want to read anything at all. I may try and clean/fix it, and I have a couple of dead compact Macs that may have working floppy drives I can swap in - but if that doesn't work, is there a way of getting files from my Mac Classic onto a PC without using HD floppies?

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Mulder's picture
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If you have a SCSI Zip or Jaz Drive, or know somebody who does, connect it and offload the files onto a Zip disk, then connect it to a fully working Mac and offload the files to HD floppies.

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An alternative to removable media is to put the hard disk in a PC and copy files off it using the HFSExplorer utility.

If you need an HBA for the PC, then the Adaptec 2940 is probably the best choice. It can be had for cheap, it has a narrow SCSI connector, and it can take the Powerdomain firmware so that you can reuse it in a Mac with a PCI slot.

dajhorn's picture
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Another idea: The `hfsutils` package does the same thing on Linux, but keeping the file forks intact is easier on Linux than Windows.

24bit's picture
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ZTerm and a null modem cable connected to some box still featuring a serial port?
Thats how it was done in the days of yonder - 1200baud blazing fast.
But it did work. You just have to be patient. Smile

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Ah, I recall working on a project like this a while ago. I never did try the theory, but maybe its time to. See this thread: http://macintoshgarden.org/forum/pc-mac-se
Lots of helpful info in it.

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If it were me, I would get out the Torx drivers and prepare to do surgery! Then you can clean the drive with compressed air and swab the heads. (I'm all about going overkill.)

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I may have another option, as I remember I have a Quadra 700 in storage and apparently that uses the same floppy drive. If I am able to get Seven Cities of Gold onto my PC, I'm happy to email it to anyone who is keen on having a go at hacking it, as it's a "banned" EA game so I can't upload it.