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What CD Format for OS 8.0?

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Oct 19, 2012 6:16 AM

My powerbook CD expansion module won't read my Re-Writable CD. Any idea on why that is? What format does a CD need to be in?


I tried transfering files from my new mac to my powerbook 1400c via a regular blank CD (not re-writable). It wouldn't load in my powerbook, and says: "You need to initialize this disk" or something like that. What kind of format do I need to make the disc in order for it to work with my OS 8 PB? The program I used on my newer mac to put the programs on the disc is "Burn".



PowerBook, Mac OS 8.6 or Earlier, PowerBook 1400c, Mac OS 8.0
  • Niel Level 10 Level 10 (234,640 points)
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    Oct 19, 2012 8:12 AM (in response to MacOS-me)

    Mac OS Standard. If the program you're using doesn't support that option, find a copy of the Mac OS 8.1 updater, drag the downloaded file to a CD without expanding it, and use FAT32 or MS-DOS for that specific CD. Installing that update will enable the computer to read Mac OS Extended CDs.



  • Niel Level 10 Level 10 (234,640 points)
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    Oct 19, 2012 1:09 PM (in response to MacOS-me)

    Use HFS Standard.



  • Jan Hedlund Level 6 Level 6 (8,880 points)
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    Oct 19, 2012 2:53 PM (in response to MacOS-me)

    Yet another possibility would be to transfer files on a CompactFlash memory card. With a modern computer (Mac or PC), use a USB (or built-in) card reader. For a PowerBook 1400, an inexpensive PC Card adapter for CompactFlash is needed.



  • Jeff Level 6 Level 6 (11,160 points)
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    Nov 25, 2012 11:16 AM (in response to MacOS-me)

    "Is there a burner that can do regular HFS (not extended)?"


    It's not the burner's incapability of formatting the disk as Mac OS Standard, it's the exclusion of that option in the burning software that you're using.  If you were to use Roxio's "Toast," it may still have the Mac OS Standard/HFS option.  I know the older versions designed to run on the PowerPC platform did, but I don't know about the more-recent releases for the Intel-based Macs. Check Roxio's web site for the product features of older versions that are compatible with your newer Mac and its OS version, then check ebay for a previously-owned one.


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