Copying a Mac Disk with a Single Drive
compoobah at valleyimplants.com
Thu Feb 8 00:23:03 CST 2007
> If I am remembering correctly, older systems can't format during a
> copy, but later ones can. What I seem to think was the single-disk
> copying procedure is to eject the System disk (Flower-E or Flower-1?),
you want <COMMAND>-E for copying. the "1" thing (<COMMAND> <SHIFT> 1 if
I remember right) was the "force eject" for the first floppy drive at
startup if normal methods (drag-to-trash or eject command) failed.
> It's all quite tedious, but possible. If there's anyway you can
> borrow a second 400K floppy, you will find this somewhat trivial. You
> can also copy 400K disks in more modern Macs, so don't think you are
> limited to using a 128K Mac to copy single-sided MFS disks. I can't
> say for certain how new the gear can be, but at the very least, I'd be
> surprised if a Mac SE or SE/30 running System 6 couldn't still do it.
You want to use either a Mac II or earlier, or a SE/30 or IIcx/IIci
with an external 400 or 800k floppy. The SuperDrive (original
SuperDrive, not the "new" CD/DVD one) [present on all Macs since the
IIx, many IIs and some SEs (SE FDHD)] has the smaller head size and
your older machine won't read it properly. WRT the swapping- can't
recall at this point if changing the disk cache/RAM cache (depending on
your system version) setting makes any difference, but the default
gives you lots of wrist exercise even on a 4MB Mac SE/800k.
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