Currently Being ModeratedJan 13, 2013 6:26 PM (in response to paulpen)
Hi again, I think you didn't keep the old copies on OS9, where they'd still open as always.
Also, did you use a FAT32 formatted Flash drive maybe to tranfer them?
The thing you could've done is used Stuffit to Stuff them before transfer.
Despite your lawyer, I doubt a suit has any merit.
Currently Being ModeratedJan 13, 2013 7:02 PM (in response to BDAqua)
Yes, i probably used a Windows-formatted USB drive to transfer the files. Could have been FAt32.
The problem is, when you see a file (icon) e.g. on your Mac OS9 hard drive, and you copy it to a USB (flash) drive, and it shows up there, and then you open it from there (to make sure it copied okay), and it appears fine, the idea of there being an associated *invisible* file is totally inconceivable. It's insane that anyone would write a computer operating system that places *crucial* parts of a single file IN ANOTHER, *INVISIBLE* FILE. Yet, that seems to be what's going on here.
So, you copy that file (apparently) off to your other computer (OSX machine in this case), and assume everything is fine. Then some months later, you try to open (or mount) that file, on your OSX machine, and it doesn't work.
Is this data (in the .IMG) recoverable..? The .IMG image is of course an image file containing lots and lots of other, smaller files.PowerMac, Mac OS X (10.4.11), G4; G5; Dual-Core iMac.
Currently Being ModeratedJan 14, 2013 12:35 PM (in response to BDAqua)
No. That appears to be the problem. I was using the .IMG files to *transfer* my files from my old OS9 machine to my newer OSX machine. Or at least, i *thought* that's what i was doing.PowerMac, Mac OS X (10.4.11), G4; G5; Dual-Core iMac.
Currently Being ModeratedJan 14, 2013 12:41 PM (in response to paulpen)
If it opened from the FAT-formatted flash drive on your OS 9 computer, the "flattened" file is probably still o.k. You might try googling or something similar for applications which open .img and .dmg files. See if you can find an app that will open it. Stuffit Expander for OS X might work for example. Do you have access to another OS 9 computer as well? (Even one that just works with Classic under an older version of OS X?)
Currently Being ModeratedJan 15, 2013 11:57 AM (in response to zombi3g)
Huh, Apple edited my original post and removed words like "criminally" and "negligent" (as in, a file system that stores part of your files in separate, invisible pieces might be criminally negligent.... That's almost an oxymoron, isn't it, in that each "file" is really *two* files....
Anyway, I do not have the files on the flash drive anymore. I do however have access to another OS9 machine, and the .IMG files don't open there anymore either (when copied back from my OSX machine). I'll try to get ahold of Stuffit X, but i don't see how that could do anything when the Mac's own software can't mount or open them. From what i've read on the web, these are proprietary image formats.PowerMac, Mac OS X (10.4.11), G4; G5; Dual-Core iMac.