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Transfer files on power mac 9500 to macbook pro laptop

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Dec 1, 2013 12:29 PM

I have an old Power Mac 9500 (my first computer!), and am trying to figure out how to transfer all the old files (esp photos) to either email, the cloud, or my MacBook Pro. Any suggestions? I'm willing to buy a relatively cheap cable/adapter if necessary.

  • Jan Hedlund Level 6 Level 6 (8,880 points)

    A Power Macintosh 9500 has built-in Ethernet. It would not be difficult to connect the computer to one of the LAN ports of a router, and thus be able to gain access to the Internet. A suitable web browser, an email program or an FTP client would be needed (if not already installed, programs can be transferred to the 9500 via CD or floppy).



  • Jan Hedlund Level 6 Level 6 (8,880 points)



    No problem.


    According to the specifications (below), the Performa 5300 CD had System 7.5.1 from the beginning. Has this been updated (check the exact system version under 'About This...' in the Apple menu)?



    Ideally, the computer should have at least System 7.5.3 in order to make it easier to use TCP/IP for file transfers over Ethernet.


    Since the Performa 5300CD has an IDE/ATA hard drive, another possibility could be to remove the hard drive, and then use something like the following adapter.



    The now external USB hard drive can be connected to a more modern Mac. This way you should be able to read the disk and transfer files.



  • Appaloosa mac man Level 5 Level 5 (4,300 points)

    Keep in mind that the files will have to be saved in a format that can be read by current software.  You need to go to "Save As" and choose an appropriate file format.  As Jan indicated, the 5300 used an IDE drive and not a SCSI drive.  You could remove the drive and try mounting the drive in a newer machine.  A G3 or G4 might work well as a 'bridge' machine to get to USB devices.  Zip Drives can be found in SCSI and USB.


    Hardware options will get the files to a new destination but the destination machine still has to make sense of the data.  RTF and SYLK formats have spanned several decades.


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