5 Replies Latest reply: Mar 24, 2012 9:57 PM by JustSomeGuy
Partist Level 1 Level 1

I have an old, but working, Performa 630 (still in the original boxes and packaging!), and have just taken delivery of a MacBook Pro.  I am wanting to transfer a number of ClarisWorks and Finale music files from the Performa to edit and use on the MacBook.


There are no USB or Ethernet connections on the old Mac and, although I do have a USB floppy drive, my son jammed a floppy drive in the Performa when he was two and the Performa was still in daily use!


Other than resurrecting the floppy drive, is there another way that I can use? 


Many thanks for help!

Performa 630, Mac OS 8.6 or Earlier
Reply by Greengoblin9897  on Mar 24, 2012 2:56 AM Helpful

i belive that the Macbook Pro runs a too moden softwear for the Performa 630.

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  • Greengoblin9897 Level 1 Level 1

    i belive that the Macbook Pro runs a too moden softwear for the Performa 630.

  • Partist Level 1 Level 1

    Many thanks for the response, much appreciated.  What a shame!

  • Jan Hedlund Level 6 Level 6



    You could try to remove the internal IDE hard drive from the Performa 630. Then place the drive in an appropriate external USB enclosure, or use a "caseless" USB-to-IDE/ATA adapter. Finally, connect the USB enclosure/adapter to a modern Mac. This way you may be able to see individual files on the old hard disk. Old programs can not be run on the modern computer, but you may be able to open some files through other applications. If necessary, convert (Save As) to more useful file formats on the Performa 630 first. Also, please note that there is a certain risk of altering/damaging an older file system (and its files) when trying to read the contents of an old hard disk under a newer operating system.


    There are alternative ways. One could be to use a modem (internal or external) for transfers over the phone lines. The communications section of ClarisWorks  would  be fine for this. The receiving computer would of course need a modem and suitable software as well. Another way could be to set up a serial null-modem connection between the Performa and a more modern computer (using  conversion hardware/software, as required).



  • Texas Mac Man Level 8 Level 8

    Get one of these USB hard diive adapters http://tinyurl.com/7ydeq76 I got one to get the files off of an old PowerBook (without USB port) hard drive. Worked great.


     Cheers, Tom

  • JustSomeGuy Level 3 Level 3

    You've got quote a span of time between those generations of computers!  You have several choices, none of which is cost-free:


    1. You can get a SCSI-based ZIP drive that plugs into the back of the Performa. You'll also need a USB-SCSI adapter on the MacBook Pro.

    2. You can get an ethernet adapter for the Performa.  You'll also need to update some software on the Performa  (such as Open Transport, etc.- depending on what OS is on there now)

    3. You can go the modem route, as explained by others.

    4. You can go for professional data transfer services, such as http://retrofloppy.com


    Some details on your Performa: