The s saw the rise of the floppy disk, the portable storage format that ultimately reigned supreme for decades. The earliest models of floppy disks were eight inches in diameter and could hold about 80 KB. Floppy disks became commonplace alongside the Apples and Commodores of the day. You could squeeze about KB onto one of those puppies. By the late s the smaller floppy disk size — which would ultimately store 1. And so it would remain for decades.
In the early s, a new product called the Bernoulli Box would offer the convenience of removable cartridges like Winchester drives but in a much smaller, more portable format. It was called the Bernoulli Box. The Bernoulli box was an important removable storage device for businesses who had transitioned from expensive mainframes and minicomputers to desktops. Bernoulli cartridges worked on the same principle as floppies but were larger and in a much more shielded enclosure. The cartridges sported larger capacities than floppy disks, too.
You could store 10 MB or 20 MB instead of the 1. Capacities would increase over time to MB. Bernoulli Boxes and the cartridges were expensive, which kept them in the realm of business storage. In the s another removable storage device made its mark in the computer industry. SyQuest drives were mainstays of creative digital markets — I saw them on almost any I could find a Mac doing graphic design work, desktop publishing, music, or video work. SyQuest would be a footnote by the late 90s as Zip disks, recordable CDs and other storage media overtook them. Speaking of Zip disks….
Information density was increasing rapidly. Iomega came along with the Zip Drive, a removable storage system that used disks shaped like heavier-duty floppies, each capable of storing up to MB on them. A high-density floppy could store 1. Zip Disks quickly became popular, but Iomega eventually redesigned them to lower the cost of manufacturing. The redesign came with a price: The drives failed more frequently and could damage the disk in the process.
Iomega would eventually settle a class-action lawsuit over the issue, but consumers were already moving away from the format. Iomega developed a successor to the Zip drive: The Jaz drive. When it first came out, it could store 1 GB on a removable cartridge.
Unfortunately, the Jaz drive developed reliability problems of its own — disks would get jammed in the drives, drives overheated, and some had vibration problems. As a storage medium, Compact Discs had been around since the s, mainly popular as a music listening format. CD burners connected to computers from the beginning, but they were ridiculously huge and expensive: The size of a washing machine and tens of thousands of dollars. By the late s technology improved, prices lowered and recordable CD burners — CD-Rs — became commonplace.
Vintage Mac users with a Vintage Mac new enough to run whatever version of PC Exchange or equivalent Apple-bundled software for handling PC-originated media came with the particular Mac OS in use may have another option to move files from a modern Mac to their Vintage Mac.
The installer is a little strange, and I think we had to restart a few times for it to work right, but it worked great once it worked. See similar items. I'm curious if a cheap USB 3. Each of the diskette's 73 magnetic recording tracks available for data entry can hold 26 sectors of up to characters each. Adoption was limited by the competition between proprietary formats and the need to buy expensive drives for computers where the disks would be used. You could also use one of the Mac disk reading programs for Windows.
As recently as the OS How do I get it onto my new Mac? You got it!
What to do? Spanning smaller gaps is less problematic, down to the point of being almost easy. Multiple hops may sometimes be unavoidable. The specific solution options depend quite a bit upon the available Macs. There are likely a few others that can be found by a competent WWW search. These are the ones i know of as i type this.
For that matter, this whole section is likely to be less comprehensive than much of what is out there already. I mainly wrote this as a convenient one-stop quick answer spot for the most common scenarios for folks wanting to get stuff off floppies.
Today, i prefer to type my own thoughts rather than web surf for superior comparables. Take advantage of the fact that there exists no Macintosh unable to network.
Now, whether it will directly connect to your flavor of network is another question! AppleTalk is my method of choice, especially for Macs of disparate generations. The first k Macintosh spoke AppleTalk. Perfect, right?
End of story, right? First, there is the physical connection layer: Older Macs speak AppleTalk over serial ports. Older Macs that have ethernet or can be adapted to support ethernet or Wi-Fi are usually quite easy to network to current or at least recent pre-MacTel definitely works Macs using ethernet and AppleTalk. The k and k Macs have to stay with serial port AppleTalk, and if the Mac Plus or newer does not already have an Ethernet adapter, finding one is likely to be difficult. Second, there is a protocol issue. The original AppleTalk protocol was Apple proprietary, and only works over serial ports.
This option became available circa Open Transport 1. Mac OS X Tiger A low-priority life project of mine is to do further research in this area. Should this ever happen, i plan to eventually update this section with more detailed and carefully verified information. For now, if one straight jump from your very old Mac to your very new Mac is not working, try the Puddle Jumping method of intermediate steps, or some other option. Any files on floppy disks are by definition small enough to travel well via email.
Since email protocols have changed less than those for the WWW, the odds are better getting an old email client working on a very old Mac than getting a modern enough browser going. Authentication may be a problem, since in the old days authentication was not required for sending email, yet in recent years it has become more common, often now mandatory. In some cases doing a mail check on a modern computer opens up a window of opportunity for a few short minutes to send from the same IP address without further authentication. Note: there may be issues of lack of compatibility between Stuffit products version 4.
If the floppy material can be Stuffed with a Stuffit product version 5 or newer, that is most likely to work out best. There should be plenty of information on this subject elsewhere, if this brief description is insufficient. All the old email programs i remember for the Mac Plus and System 7. Eudora 1. Once the files from the floppy disk s are properly pre-processed compressed with no resource fork on the compressed file for emailing, just email the file to yourself, either at your own, same email address or another one. There are so many variables in terms of emailing and ISP variations that this page cannot possibly cover them.
If email proves too difficult, another method may be a better choice. If your email is via the WWW rather than a standard email client, most of the issues above apply, yet there may be more or fewer. Again too many variables to discuss. Older Macs back to some of those running System 7. Sometimes it is much easier to just use an intermediary system than to try to find a way to get directly from a very old Mac system to a very new one.
What to use here will depend a great deal upon what is readily available. At some future point if i ever get around to it , either on this page or a separate one, i hope to have an extensive diagram showing what connects to what else successfully.
For now, i leave you to your own devices and searches to discover if what you have will interoperate. There are other models of this era which were not strictly part of the PowerSurge family, yet will likely be close enough in abilities to be equivalent in most or all ways. I am thinking specifically of the and These were lower-priced transitional models, with many not all of the advantages of the PowerSurge models listed above, yet with older, slower processors.
This mattered a great deal when these machines were current, for everyday primary computer usage. For occasional light file transfer usage in the present, the older, slower processors are a non-issue. Appropriately configured, the same applies for the other models listed. We don't stock this at this time; check with local computer stores, office supply stores, or electronic parts stores, and take it along so they can determine if they have a compatible battery. They may need some slight adjustment to orient the screen display: we don't provide "how-to" descriptions.