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#1 2018-11-25 17:50:39

Theclassic
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How to generate Macintosh OS disks on PC

Hey everyone, I was wondering how I could go about putting Macintosh games onto some floppies, (using my PC and a USB floppy drive,) and moving them onto my Maicntosh. As I said in my other post, I'm not sure if the Macintosh is a 128k or a 512k, (please refer to my other post) but I'll open it up soon to figure out smile
So how would I go about putting Macintosh software on my Mac using my PC? Thanks everyone!

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#2 2018-11-27 02:54:30

cc333
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Re: How to generate Macintosh OS disks on PC

Hey!

Well, your Macintosh, regardless of whether it's a 128k or 512k, will only read 400k disks, and unfortunately, you can't make 400k disks using a PC floppy drive of any kind (especially USB ones).

You might consider investing in a Floppy Emu to side step this problem. They're not too expensive, and highly versatile (it'll work externally on any Mac with a floppy port, or internally in any OldWorld desktop/tower/AIO Mac (everything before the iMac and Blue&White G3).

Alternatively, you can get a bridge Mac, which is one that you can copy your games and such to using more modern methods (Zip drives and disks, which were once quite popular, are still fairly plentiful, and many late-model OldWorld Macs have a Zip drive built in), and also supports reading and writing 400k disks (be careful, though, as the 128k uses the Macintosh Filesystem, and write support disappeared somewhere in the mid System 7-era; the 512k can use HFS-formatted disks if running a version of the Mac OS that supports it (booted from an MFS-formatted disk), but it can't boot from them without a ROM upgrade).

I hope this helps!

c


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#3 2018-11-27 19:13:06

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Re: How to generate Macintosh OS disks on PC

Thanks so much for the reply! I have been thinking very strongly toward purschasing a floppy emu! It's on my list of things to get for this computer smile I'll buy one, and get back to you asap and let you know how it turns out and if I have any more questions smile

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#4 2018-11-28 16:41:08

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Re: How to generate Macintosh OS disks on PC

There is lots of info on doing this via networking at http://applefool.com/se30/

Netatalk, FTP, etc


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#5 2019-01-28 21:44:36

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Re: How to generate Macintosh OS disks on PC

for the purpose of others that have the same question going to this post, i believe the only reliable way to do this is to get an image file and to use a raw write program to write it to the first side of the floppy. i don't know much about floppy disk geometry, so i'd assume the first half of the disk is on a single side. using a USB floppy drive for this usually won't work, because the firmware is designed to only read and write FAT most of the time, so it'd be more reliable to have an older pc with a "real" floppy drive and controller inside it.

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