Currently Being ModeratedJan 29, 2013 2:38 AM (in response to The Wine Bug)
Do you mean this?
Also you have to buy USB Floppy Reader.
Currently Being ModeratedJan 29, 2013 3:00 AM (in response to Melle123)
Nop, I'm rather looking for
"how to read an old mac floppy, formatted in HFS (MacOs Standard format), in a mac running Snow Lion"
The floppy reader works great on DOS formatted and HFS+ formatted disks. It is an OSX limitation to no longer upport HFS on floppy disks. Does anyone know how to read HFS floppy disks on Snow Lion?
Currently Being ModeratedJan 29, 2013 3:00 AM (in response to The Wine Bug)
It's been a long time since I've done this - so it may not work, but...
...back when OS X first came out, I had a lot of stuff stored on floppies, Syquest cartidges, and ZIP disks. I had external floppy, Syquest and ZIP drives, so I simply moved the data from one media source to another (external drive) and then backed up that data onto DVDs.
AFAIK, the HFS+ format used on old floppies will still read if you've a USB floppy drive. They're hard to find, but cheap, and it shouldn't hurt a thing to purchase one and experiment.
I've almost 600 DVDs now that I use for backup - not a one (that I've tried) has failed me yet. I've also kept up-to-date with the excellent DiskTracker 2.4.5... I don't know how many years I've been using it, but it's not failed me yet for cataloging my DVDs.
Currently Being ModeratedJan 29, 2013 3:04 AM (in response to The Wine Bug)
Oh, plain, vanilla HFS? Now I don't know about that... it was dropped in Leopard, so I don't know any way of getting around that (unless you can find someone running something previous to Leopard... and I would assume that there are some services that could make DVDs from the old HFS formatted floppies).
Currently Being ModeratedJan 29, 2013 3:26 PM (in response to The Wine Bug)
There is still read-only support for HFS standard in OS X, but it's deprecated and may be removed in a future update.
Currently Being ModeratedJan 30, 2013 12:59 AM (in response to Linc Davis)
Are you sure? My floppies are HFS standard and won't read in Mountain Lion. ML tells me the disks are unreadable and need to be initialized. Obviously I just want to get the data off the disk and then throw away the floppies.
The USB floppy disk reader does work on DOS disks, but doesn't seem to work on HFS standard disks (aka unreadable need to initialize message).
Currently Being ModeratedJan 30, 2013 1:02 AM (in response to The Wine Bug)
I'm still pretty sure that HFS standard bit the dust with Leopard.
Try to find someone who's using Tiger, Panther, etc., and have them pull the data onto an external for you.
Currently Being ModeratedJan 30, 2013 1:34 AM (in response to The Wine Bug)
There was also an issue with the floppy disk formats, i.e., 800k vs 1.4MB. During that transition, I remember having to tape over holes on the floppy disk to get them to work. Don't remember the details, but without the tape over the holes, there were error messages about the disks being unreadable.
Currently Being ModeratedJan 30, 2013 4:58 AM (in response to The Wine Bug)
Are you sure?
"Use an external disk, such as a Zip drive, portable USB, or FireWire hard disk, or even a floppy disk if you purchase a USB floppy drive."
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 15, 2013 12:10 PM (in response to The Wine Bug)
This what I see in ML with my old SmartDisk VST (model# FDUSB-M) floppy drive:
1. I was able to add and remove files to the disk.
2. I was not able to erase the disk with Disk Utility. It returned an error.
3. Disk Utility did not offer the HFS+ format option, only FAT32 and ExFAT.
4. I could only find 1 floppy in my house so it could be partially defective.