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#1 2017-07-07 08:12:39

Twiggy
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Registered: 2017-07-07
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Macintosh SE 1MB (1986)

This is my first post, I wanted to make an intro post, but I cannot seem to find the proper section to do that in. However, I only found this community because of one classic computer I have.

It's a Macintosh SE 1MB with a 24MB hard drive, from 1986.


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I got it for only $60 Canadian, not too bad, I think, if you compare prices for the same or similar on ebay.

However, it is running System 7.5, and while it can run it, I know it's not period appropriate for a Mac from 1986.

I want to format the hard drive, and install the latest version of Mac OS that was out in '86, however I don't have any experience with older macs.

I have heard that a PC cannot format the 800k floppy disks I need for me, let alone make floppies in non-IBM formatting.

I was advised to get a little newer mac that has a floppy drive, and a CD drive, so I can use a CD-RW to transfer files from my main PC to it, and then write the floppy disks, I need.

Does anyone have a suggestion of which probably late 90's mac to look at?

Also, does anyone have any other method or tips?

I really don't know what I am doing, so any help would be appreciated.

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#2 2017-07-07 15:56:10

LCGuy
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Registered: 2014-05-13
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Re: Macintosh SE 1MB (1986)

Look at Beige G3s - these have a 1.4MB SuperDrive, which will read and write 1.4MB Mac and PC floppies, as well as 400k/800k Mac floppies, in addition to having onboard Ethernet and LocalTalk as well as a 24x CD-ROM drive that can read CD-RWs.

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#3 2017-07-13 17:26:15

benthink
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Re: Macintosh SE 1MB (1986)

Yes, you will need another Apple PC with a working floppy drive AND some 800k disks (DOS calls them 720k). The disks aren't easy to find.

Or you can buy a set of 800k system disks from Rescue My Mac for $30.

It's almost cheaper to buy an old PowerPC and do it yourself.

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#4 2017-07-13 20:00:24

bigmessowires
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Registered: 2014-05-15
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Re: Macintosh SE 1MB (1986)

If you just want a System 6 disk or some SCSI utilities, I have them here: https://www.bigmessowires.com/shop/prod … ppy-disks/

But I agree a slightly newer Mac with a 1.44MB floppy drive will make your life easier in the long run. And then you'll have two classic Macs to play with instead of only one!

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#5 2017-07-13 22:53:48

benthink
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Re: Macintosh SE 1MB (1986)

Hi bigmessowires - are you selling the 4 disk set for $9? or is that just the single 6.0.8 system disk? smile

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#6 2017-07-14 00:58:39

bigmessowires
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Re: Macintosh SE 1MB (1986)

It's a single bootable 6.0.8 floppy, so it doesn't have the extra printer drivers and fonts and miscellaneous things from the full installer set. If your HD is already formatted, you can just drag the System folder from this floppy to your HD to create a bootable system.

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