Wow, it's been a long time since I posted! I've been very musically active recently and so unfortunately have not been able to do much with my computers. I still have a Centris and a 512k to get back up and running, and all computers need more software. So hopefully when I have more time I'll be able to see to all that.
In the meantime I have a quick question for you concerning a Macintosh Portable. (Completely new ball park for me!)
My friend's family has a Macintosh Portable that they'd be willing to give me (being the computer guy that I am), but they have very sentimental files on it that they need backed up first. So I told them, "Sure, I can get those files you need onto a memory stick; in fact all I need is my iMac and its external 1.44 floppy drive."
Which would have been the case...if their two-decade-old laptop had worked flawlessly.
Unfortunately, this morning they told me that they tried turning it on and got a blank screen. According to them, they can hear the HDD sounds and they can tell that the LCD is "getting power", but it doesn't display an image.
Obviously, an HDD that "makes sounds" doesn't necessarily work. The reason I asked them if the Portable gave them an image was that if the HDD were malfunctioning, there would most likely be a
. But since there wasn't any such image, I have hope that their hard drive may still be intact and functional, with the problem lying elsewhere in the computer.
I've thought about putting the HDD into another one of my computers to get the files that way, but I found out that Mac Portable hard drives can only be used with Macintosh Portables. Is there an adapter that would allow one of my SE's to read it?
And is there another easy way that I haven't heard of to get those files onto a memory stick, given that I have the following:
-2 Mac SE's
-a plethora of 800k and 1.4mb floppy disks
-an Imation 1.44 external FDD connected to my iMac G3
-a nonworking Centris 610
...or are my only options a) getting the Centris working and finding a way to weasel a disk out of that Portable, or b) getting another Macintosh Portable and swapping hard drives?
Sorry about the longish post, and thanks in advance for any help in this strange and foreign world of Macintosh Portables.