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Best way to transfer data to Mac SE

cheesestraws

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You know nothing about me, and how can you infer anything about me, other than I’m looking for a way to copy files to an SE. Some people!

You misread me-I meant the poster of the G5-as-gateway machine, not you. I would not refer to you as “that poster” in your own thread!
 

mg.man

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have an M1 Mac, intel Mini & MBP
The M1 is probably out - too new - but it could be possible to use the USB Zip with the latter two. The trouble is, you'd probably have to run a pretty old version of OS X to be able to write to the USB Zip - not sure when support was dropped? Older OS X may also mean less secure browser, etc. If you're thinking about the FloppyEMU, that might be the better path, since you should be able to mount the microSD (and move stuff onto it) from any of your newer Macs...
 

mike_method

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Usb zip works with my intel Macs but yet to try with the M1. I’ve been writing data to Zip disks no problem but I’m pretty sure they were formatted to fat to be compatible with my MPC2000xl.

I think you’re right, I may have to opt for the floppy emu but I’ll give the zip option a good go first.
 

mg.man

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I’m pretty sure they were formatted to fat to be compatible with my MPC2000xl.
More than likely. I think you should be able to format them as HFS - depending on the System version you plan for your SE - probably 7.0x or 7.1x, given you only have 4Mb RAM - you'll want Standard not Enhanced. Might be best to format on the SE / SCSI Zip and see if you can mount / write on your Intel Mac(s).

Sounds like you're pretty much there....
 

mike_method

Active member
Hope so.
More than likely. I think you should be able to format them as HFS - depending on the System version you plan for your SE - probably 7.0x or 7.1x, given you only have 4Mb RAM - you'll want Standard not Enhanced. Might be best to format on the SE / SCSI Zip and see if you can mount / write on your Intel Mac(s).

Sounds like you're pretty much there....
Hope so. I was planning on using system 6 on the se but it depends on the music software compatibility - ideally I want to run an early version of Cubase, if I can find one. No probs if I have to install an earlier version of OS X on my intel Mac. I can do this through a virtual machine. Must confess, I’m quite looking forward to trying to get this all to work and if it fails at least I’ve got the floppy emu as fallback.
 

LaPorta

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Ok, let me see if I can compile all of this. This might be easy:

1. Get FloppyEmu
2. Buy it with the pre-installed disk images in it.
3. Stick the SD card from the floppy emu into one of your more modern macs (any of them that has an SD card reader)
4. Copy compatible disk images to the SD card.
5. Put them back into the Floppy Emu and use them.

For even more long term:

1. Also buy v5 SCSI2SD. Configure on modern Mac and install in SE.
2. Use FloppyEmu to start the computer. Use a disk image that has a version of Lido or HD SC Setup patched to format the SCSI2SD.
3. Use a system image on the Floppy Emu to start the machine and copy the System to the SCSI2SD.

Hopefully that will work well.
 

mike_method

Active member
Ok, let me see if I can compile all of this. This might be easy:

1. Get FloppyEmu
2. Buy it with the pre-installed disk images in it.
3. Stick the SD card from the floppy emu into one of your more modern macs (any of them that has an SD card reader)
4. Copy compatible disk images to the SD card.
5. Put them back into the Floppy Emu and use them.

For even more long term:

1. Also buy v5 SCSI2SD. Configure on modern Mac and install in SE.
2. Use FloppyEmu to start the computer. Use a disk image that has a version of Lido or HD SC Setup patched to format the SCSI2SD.
3. Use a system image on the Floppy Emu to start the machine and copy the System to the SCSI2SD.

Hopefully that will work well.
Thanks I already know that a floppy emu and / or scsi2sd solution will work (I already use the latter in my S3000XL rack sampler).
 

mike_method

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An early version that works well on an se with 4mb and system 6. That’s as specific I can get. I use 2.1 on a 4mb Atari STe that works very well fwiw, but expect I may need sn earlier version for the se.
 

mg.man

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I use 2.1 on a 4mb Atari STe ... but expect I may need sn earlier version
Probably. I have a boxed Cubase that runs on System 7, but it's version 3.5, so probably needs more RAM. I also have Cubase VST 2.0 and Timebandit... but very much doubt a SE could cope with either... 🤔
 
An early version that works well on an se with 4mb and system 6. That’s as specific I can get. I use 2.1 on a 4mb Atari STe that works very well fwiw, but expect I may need sn earlier version for the se.
I was able to get Cubase v1.0 to work on my SE, but couldn't get 2.5.1 to work though I didn't fiddle around with it too much. I was however able to get 2.5.1 to work on my SE/30 but that is running 7.5.3 so perhaps it might work on the SE.
 

ymk

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I sell the MacSD. It can mount HDD, floppy and CDROM images.

It ships with a System 6 application that can transfer files from the FAT32 formatted SD card, to your Mac.
 

mike_method

Active member
I was able to get Cubase v1.0 to work on my SE, but couldn't get 2.5.1 to work though I didn't fiddle around with it too much. I was however able to get 2.5.1 to work on my SE/30 but that is running 7.5.3 so perhaps it might work on the SE.
That’s the version I want or any iteration of v.1. There’s a fella on eBay selling v1.8.3 and allegedly he found it on the web as abandonware. I’m not having any luck finding it so I may have to buy off him.
 

Trash80toHP_Mini

NIGHT STALKER
@ymk MacSD:, I vaguely recall the sled and board, do you have a dev thread for the board in hacks? Link so we dont tangentize this topic?
 
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chillin

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I guess a network card for an SE is unobtanium? I am surprised there is no mention of LocalTalk. Too slow to be useful?

Interest here
 

LaPorta

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I forget where, but I got an SE Ethernet card from someone here. The thing is damn slow though, I'd almost just take the LocalTalk adapter.
 
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