6 Replies Latest reply: Jan 29, 2013 2:54 PM by twistedkurt
SalemJess Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I found a pile of old floppies and my old superdisk SD-USB-M.

I'd really like to salvage what data from them that I can.

 

The driver that I need for it to even POSSIBLY work with OS X is no longer supported/supplied by Imation.

 

Anyone out there able to help me?

  • 1. Re: Imation Superdisk - Driver 3.3? Anyone?
    Jeff Level 6 Level 6 (11,195 points)

    By "floppies," do you mean 1.44 MB floppy disks or are you referring to 120 MB SuperDisks?  If the former, do you know anyone who has a USB floppy disk drive?  Otherwise, have you tried any of the third-party web sites hosting software downloads, like CNET?  Do you have an older PowerPC processor Mac or a newer model with an Intel processor?  What version of OS X is it running?  Have you tried connecting the SuperDisk drive, to see if inserted disks mount on the desktop?

  • 2. Re: Imation Superdisk - Driver 3.3? Anyone?
    JustSomeGuy Level 2 Level 2 (490 points)

    Your USB Superdisk shouldn't need any drivers in OSX.  Mine plugs in fine to a Mac Mini running 10.6.8 and is recognizeable as a normal drive.  If you have SuperDrisk or 1.44MB floppies, they will work fine in your SuperDisk drive.  If they're older 800k or 400k disks, they won't be readable in that drive.  You'd need to find a friend with an older Mac with a built-in floppy or use professional services like RetroFloppy.

     

    My favorite quote from the back of a SuperDisk: "Soon you'll see SuperDisk Drives built into desktop PCs, notebooks, external drives - everywhere.  It's the technology with staying power."  Or not.

  • 3. Re: Imation Superdisk - Driver 3.3? Anyone?
    Jeff Level 6 Level 6 (11,195 points)

    "Soon you'll see SuperDisk Drives built into desktop PCs, notebooks, external drives - everywhere.  It's the technology with staying power."

     

    My Compaq Presario 5020 shipped with an Imation SuperDisk Drive, instead of the standard FDD.  It was more versatile than Iomega's Zip drive, in that it could read standard floppy disks - but Iomega eventually won the competition for market share.  The initial 100 MB Zip disks were 20 MBs shy of Imation's 120 MB SuperDisks, but they followed it with 250 MB Zip drives/disks, and eventually - the 750 MB drives/disks.  Unfortunately for Iomega, CD burners were gaining popularity over the sometimes-problematic Zip drives and their "Click Death" design flaw.  USB flash drives were also fast-becoming a less expensive means to store/transfer data.  Because the technology evolved the way it did, Imation threw in the towel, as Iomega finally did.  It's unfortunate that Imation has dropped support for its legacy products in terms of downloadable drivers, but the move may have been based on a lack of interest and/or need for such.

     

    MMy Compaq Pres

  • 4. Re: Imation Superdisk - Driver 3.3? Anyone?
    Jan Hedlund Level 6 Level 6 (8,955 points)

    Jeff,

     

    If necessary, could possibly something like the Wayback Machine be used in order to locate old drivers?

     

    Jan

  • 5. Re: Imation Superdisk - Driver 3.3? Anyone?
    JustSomeGuy Level 2 Level 2 (490 points)

    Jan -

     

    Imation stopped driver development on OS9.  So no need, as SalemJess was looking for OSX.  It should just work.

  • 6. Re: Imation Superdisk - Driver 3.3? Anyone?
    twistedkurt Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I still have one...but i live in Belgium