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How can I grab files off a Mac formatted 3.5" floppy (circa 1994) using a Windows '98 machine with a 3.5" drive, a Vista machine with no floppy drive and a MacBook with no floppy drive?

Asked by kevbo (25672points) June 24th, 2008

I’m trying to get my old college papers off a floppy disk and onto my MacBook without breaking down and buying a USB floppy drive. The Windows ‘98 machine doesn’t recognize the disk as formatted, of course, so it only asks me if I want to format the disk. Is there a free utility out there that can help?

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ezraglenn's avatar

Sell one of those ridiculous computers and buy a USB floppy drive.

AstroChuck's avatar

You’re going to need a Timex-Sinclair and TRS-80 in order to do that. And a Commodore 64 couldn’t hurt, either.
sorry, kevbo.

jrpowell's avatar

This might be able to help. I haven’t personally used it but you could give it a try.

The link to the actual download is kinda hard to find. Here it is.

chaosrob's avatar

Image the floppy on the PC as the worlds smallest ISO. Then move over net to MacBook and mount. 3. Profit!

kevbo's avatar

@jp, it was messy, but it worked. Thanks.

jrpowell's avatar

Good to hear..

playthebanjo's avatar

Who said fluther is only full of side conversations and sarcastic comments?

jrpowell's avatar

That was probably me.

steve6's avatar

I bought a Maddog USB 3.5 floppy drive for around $50.

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