OT: Reading Mac Floppies

Terry Stewart terry at webweavers.co.nz
Fri Jul 3 21:00:33 CDT 2015

Transmac will read read Mac files off 1.44 floppies if you have one of
those USB 3,5 inch drives.

Terry (Tez)

On Sat, Jul 4, 2015 at 12:33 PM, Fred Cisin <cisin at xenosoft.com> wrote:

> On Fri, 3 Jul 2015, Joe Giliberti wrote:
>> Greetings,
>> I know this may be OT, but can someone tell me if a modern PC (with a USB
>> floppy drive) could read 1.44MB floppies from a 68k Mac? I want to use a
>> Powerbook 190 for some word processing and need a means of transferring
>> data.
> Hardware, yes.
> Software, maybe.
> The 1.4M (how many bytes are in a Megabyte?) Mac disks have 512 bytes per
> sector, etc. and do not require any different hardware.
> If your USB drive permits accessing sectors, then appropriate software on
> the PC can read those disks.
> NOTE: However, 400K and 800K Mac disks are GCR, instead of MFM, and
> require a different disk controller than the standard NEC FDC in PCs.

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