... the DVD that came with the mini was NOT an OS installation disc.
OK, was it the Applications installation disc? If so AppleWorks would be on it.
You can't buy AppleWorks from Apple any longer:
... but it is available on the used market: http://www.amazon.com/AppleWorks-6-for-Mac/dp/B00004R8L3
Before buying it try dragging the AppleWorks program from your old HD. There are no special installation utilities for AW. Just drag its icon to your Applications folder.
If the file is corrupted it simply won't work.
Unfortunately, there were only 2 DVDs in the box with the mini (bought from an authorized Apple retailer) and they were OS 10.4 (which turned out to be an upgrade DVD requiring 10.3 to be installed first...of course, 10.3 wasn't included in the box) and iWorks trial. No applications DVD or anything else save the paper user manual.
I will do the drag and drop and see how things go.
"I…wanted to know…if you can simply drag and drop the file out of the old Applications folder."
Not quite, AppleWorks needs the files and folders included in the AppleWorks 6 folder, not just the application package.
Drag the AppleWorks 6 folder to the Applications folder on the Mini.
AppleWorks will create preference and cache files as it need them. These should not be transfered from the old HD.
PS: AW 6 install disks came in a couple of versions. On earlier ones, the installer application ran on Mac OS 9. Hard Core Mac has had AW 6 installation disks available for some time. To the best of my knowledge, these used an OS X versionn of the installer software.
Thanks for the suggestions. I am going to try copying over the folder from my old drive...Unfortunately, neither the old HD or the backup I made to an old 40Gb Maxtor shows up on my mini. Both are readable on Macdrive running on my PC and I formatted the Maxtor to HFS+ before copying data. The old HD shows up in Disk Utility but not on the desktop. The Maxtor doesn't show up in either location. Finder Preferences is properly set to show all drives on the desktop. Any ideas?