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No floppies in Mountain Lion???

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rebildrock Calculating status...
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Jun 21, 2013 3:51 AM

Has Apple simply abandoned floppies?? I have USB floppy drive, but nothing works?

OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.4), 12 G ram
  • Ralph Landry1 Level 7 Level 7 (28,815 points)
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    Jun 21, 2013 3:53 AM (in response to rebildrock)

    The support for external formats has been reduced to hard drives, flash drives, DVD drives...floppies have not been supported for some time now.

  • shldr2thewheel Level 7 Level 7 (25,375 points)
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    Jun 21, 2013 3:56 AM (in response to rebildrock)

    have you previously used it on a mac?  Apple hasn't "abandonded" floppie disks, they are a rather antiquated technology.

  • stemperley Calculating status...
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    Jun 21, 2013 4:26 AM (in response to rebildrock)

    You can buy a floppy drive and plug it in via USB. I did it to transfer old files. Not expensive.

  • shldr2thewheel Level 7 Level 7 (25,375 points)
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    Jun 21, 2013 4:27 AM (in response to stemperley)

    the stated in their origional post that they have a USB floppy drive.

  • Ralph Landry1 Level 7 Level 7 (28,815 points)
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    Jun 21, 2013 4:37 AM (in response to rebildrock)

    One solution that may work, if you have an older PC or access to one that has a floppy drive or will accept your USB drive, insert the drive and also attach a flash drive, then copy the floppies to the flash drive.  Use the flash drive with the Mac to access your Roland files.

  • Kurt Lang Level 7 Level 7 (31,500 points)
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    Jun 21, 2013 5:30 AM (in response to rebildrock)

    One catch I did read about is when you use an external floppy drive, only 1.44 MB disks can be read/written. 720K disks will not work.

  • Lanny Level 5 Level 5 (4,165 points)
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    Jun 21, 2013 6:55 AM (in response to rebildrock)

    I have very few floppy discs to play around with, but I was able to use a few with Mountain Lion. But what I noticed, was that support for FAT32 formatted floppies seemed to be supported and HFS+ floppy formatting was read only. Disk Utility didn't even offer the option to format floppies in HFS+. I have not seen anything official stating this. This was just my observation working with the few remaining floppies that I coud find.

     

    That being the case, I would recommend transferring the data to a hard drive via your mac or with a PC as Ralph suggested and then just start using thumb drives as opposed to floppies.

  • Ralph Landry1 Level 7 Level 7 (28,815 points)
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    Jun 21, 2013 7:14 AM (in response to rebildrock)

    You are very welcome, Lars...sorry the answer was not positive for you.

  • Topher Kessler Level 6 Level 6 (9,305 points)
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    Jun 21, 2013 7:24 AM (in response to rebildrock)

    One option here may be to use a virtual machine and read the floppies in it. Even if OS X cannot read the USB floppy drive because of lack of drivers, it can still recognize it as an attached device. If you then get a copy of Parallels Desktop or another virtualization program, and install Windows XP to it, then you can set Parallels (or whaver you're using) to recognize the USB drive as a local device as if you have plugged it directly into Windows instead of to your Mac.

     

    This should have the Windows OS recognize and access the floppy. You can then copy the files from the floppy to your Mac through the Virtual Machine, which will by default allow for drag and drop from the Windows interface to your Mac, or through a shared folder setup between the two operating systems.

  • Lanny Level 5 Level 5 (4,165 points)
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    Jun 21, 2013 8:00 AM (in response to rebildrock)
    as my music gear only accepts floppies, so I guess I'll have to let my old work (20-30 years old!!!) simply be pleasant memories.

     

     

    What floppy format does your music gear use?

     

    As you can see, they do still work:

     

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  • Lanny Level 5 Level 5 (4,165 points)
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    Jun 21, 2013 8:18 AM (in response to rebildrock)

    If your hardware can work with FAT32 formatted floppies, you should be good to go.

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