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#1 2016-10-16 19:50:52

Schmoburger
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Help needed in an ongoing effort to replace rotten software.

Ok, so over the years I have collected a huge amount of software for vintage machines, much of which is on floppy disks. These were largely reliable many years ago, however an adittional 10-15 years has really started to take it's toll on my complete sets of original floppies. I began backing up my old floptical software as disk images on a hard drive some time ago, and was hoping to get the majority done before the rot set in too much, but unfortunately that ship has sailed already... I am finding that it is very hit and miss trying to back up my complete sets of disks (for instance Mac install sets, or Microsoft Word which has about 13 floppies), with there tending to be at least one bad disk in each.

I've managed to chance it and manually copy individual files to make an image from on a couple of occasions where a complete disk couldnt be copied bit for bit, and in a few cases Ive pieced together a replica of a damaged Mac install disk from bits and pieces of other sets and stuff from my info.apple dump. But this is not really a sturdy solution and only works around 10% of the time.

Now, I still want to nonetheless have this software available, however it seems to be increasingly difficult to locate a lot of the installers on the web nowadays, especially when you are looking for specific versions that for one reason or another arent popular. So this is where I decided I would put it to those in the community directly, given that many of you likely have large collections of software yourselves, and may have had the forthought to keep backups before i did. So In this thread I will be updating it periodically  as I come across hosed floppies and wuld be hugely appreciative if anybody happens to be able to help with either creating an image and uploading, or pointing me to an existing link that has the specific version of a given title I am after already available, preferably with the specific standalone disk image, or as a complete package. Ideally I want to pretty much replace the bad disks with identical copies as they come, rather than just packaging up something into an installer or stuffit file myself.


So, at this very moment I am after:

Disk Tools for Powerbook 1400 series
Virex 5.8.1 Install Disk 2

If anyone can help, that'd be awsome. smile


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#2 2016-10-17 04:47:07

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Re: Help needed in an ongoing effort to replace rotten software.

I think I have the Disk Tools floppy around here somewhere, but really any should work, like 8.1's.

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#3 2016-10-25 16:22:47

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Re: Help needed in an ongoing effort to replace rotten software.

Awsome mate. There is no big rush on that one as I no longer have a 1400 at this point, however it is on my shopping list for another time.


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G5 2.0DC, Yikes G4/500 Sonnet-Enhanced, B+W G3/450, 9600/200MP, 7600/200, iMacs DVSE Graphite and 600 Snow, 7220/200, WGS 7350/180, 6360/160, 5500/250 DE, Pismo, 2x Lombards, 6100/66DOS, 2x CC's, 3x Pluses, 512K, SE/30, SE Superdrive, 2x Classics, IIvx, IIci, IIsi, 3x LC520, 4x LC575, 5x P580, LC, LCIII, //gs LE, 2x ROM 02 //gs', IIe... and I'm outta characters!

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#4 2016-10-25 17:26:08

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Re: Help needed in an ongoing effort to replace rotten software.

I have the CDs for early (7.5.3) and late (8.0) Powerbook 1400s if that helps. IIRC, the Disk Tools floppy image is on the disc.


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#5 2017-01-05 18:50:26

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Re: Help needed in an ongoing effort to replace rotten software.

Mate that'd be awsome If I could get a copy of those either hard or digitally. smile


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G5 2.0DC, Yikes G4/500 Sonnet-Enhanced, B+W G3/450, 9600/200MP, 7600/200, iMacs DVSE Graphite and 600 Snow, 7220/200, WGS 7350/180, 6360/160, 5500/250 DE, Pismo, 2x Lombards, 6100/66DOS, 2x CC's, 3x Pluses, 512K, SE/30, SE Superdrive, 2x Classics, IIvx, IIci, IIsi, 3x LC520, 4x LC575, 5x P580, LC, LCIII, //gs LE, 2x ROM 02 //gs', IIe... and I'm outta characters!

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