3 Replies Latest reply: Jan 18, 2013 9:33 PM by userid42
cp_whaley Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

A couple years ago, I bought a portable USB powered external floppy drive, because I occasionally found 3.5 inch disks in storage that seemed to have still-useful stuff on them.

 

I've got Mountain Lion installed now, and just discovered that this external drive no longer works.  It makes the usual whirring sounds, but the disk image doesn't appear on the desktop.

 

Has anyone else experienced this? Is there a solution, other than going back to an older OS X?

 

...Charles


G5 iMac, Mac OS X (10.6.5)
  • 1. Re: Does Mountain Lion no longer support external floppy drives?
    Kurt Lang Level 7 Level 7 (31,995 points)

    Check with the drive's manufacturer and see if they have a driver for ML.

  • 2. Re: Does Mountain Lion no longer support external floppy drives?
    Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (118,415 points)

    Not having seen a floppy disk since around 1998, I don't know the answer to your question, but if the drive doesn't work, you can always send the disks to a service bureau to be copied to a CD or flash drive.

  • 3. Re: Does Mountain Lion no longer support external floppy drives?
    userid42 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    On my mid-2011 iMac running OS X 10.8.2 (Mountain Lion) I was trying to download and copy onto floppy disks (for an old Macintosh) some software downloaded from the internet. I have just purchased and am using a new generic USB 3.5" floppy drive.

     

    I found that I could read such disks via a USB floppy disk drive but that I could not write to them.

     

    It seems that such disk formats have only limited support in more recent versions of OS X.

     

    There is software called MacDisk for Windows. I just ran it in Windows 7 running as my Bootcamp partition accessed via VMWare Fusion. The software is free to test (with some limitations).

     

    I just successfully copied a file via it to a disk and then was able to read it on my iMac.

     

    Hope this helps you, or anyone else looking to do such strange things.