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worldofcrap's picture
Joined: 2009 Jul 23
Need someone with a built-in floppy drive

I have two vintage Mac games that aren't in the Garden yet, Alien Arcade and Swamp Gas Visits the USA. Both appear to be abandonware, at least in their Mac incarnations.

However, they're both on 800k floppy and I can't find anyone with access to a machine that can read them. Is there someone here that might assist me? (Hopefully someone prominent on here... you can understand that I'm mildly freaked out about losing them before I can back them up.)

Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.


SwedeBear's picture
Joined: 2009 Apr 18

Where in the world are you?

worldofcrap's picture
Joined: 2009 Jul 23

I'm in the USA, specifically Los Angeles.

grawlix.computing's picture
Joined: 2009 Jun 1

If you pay to mail them to me, I'll pay to mail them back. I'm in Illinois.

lopaka1998's picture
lopaka1998 (not verified)

Hi, grawlix - I made backups to my floppies in early 2000 with disk images. Thank goodness - most are unreadable now. Let me know if I can help.


Balrog's picture
Joined: 2009 Apr 24

Make sure you get insured shipping though ... and be careful so they don't get wiped by magnetic fields!

worldofcrap's picture
Joined: 2009 Jul 23

Thanks, grawlix.computing. Could you e-mail me your address? jsevakis at me dot com.

Euryale's picture
Joined: 2009 Jul 22

If you are in Los Angeles, just go to any Goodwill Store and buy one of the Older Macs...

I used to live in Orange County and Bought a few old Macintosh Classic and LC's
for as low as $5 Dollars, yes $5 dollrs! ($15 dollars at most for the LC's)

(too bad I can't find older Mac's here in Mexico)

anyway, that's alot cheaper than sending them by mail and also you get a Real Mac

just remember to bring with you a test floppy

MAMEBase's picture
Joined: 2009 Aug 5

My advice would be to look for a Beige G3 Mac.

It'll have a built in floppy drive that can read 800k disks, built in EtherNet, an IDE hard drive and PCI slots, so you can add a cheap USB and/or FireWire card (all useful for making the transition from floppies to disk images).