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Networking Power Mac to OS X Big Sur


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Can anyone help me figure out how to transfer files from the old Power Macintosh 7200/75 to my MacBook Pro that is running OS X Big Sur?

I do have quite a bit of experience with this kind of thing. I now have the old Power Mac on Ethernet to my router. Both Macs are on the router, and the router can see both of them. I can ping the old Power Mac. But neither of them can see the had drives of the other. I just need to transfer old files from the Power Mac to the new Mac, using the Power Mac floppy drive.

Any suggestions?



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If this is for a one-off thing, getting files off old floppies, FTP might be the best option (though be aware that it will mangle resource forks and file metadata): start an FTP server on your modern mac and use an old FTP client to transfer things across.  If this is for longer-term use you'd be better off setting up something like a2server or macipgw: the file sharing protocols that the old mac speaks are no longer compatible with the new one and vice versa, so you will need to have some kind of intermediary.



Daring Pioneer of the Future
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Do you have any other machines? I've had lots of good luck using Mac OS X 10.4 (server, in my case, but the client will work too) to talk to 7.5.x+ (w/ OpenTransport and AppleShare updates as per system7today) (it should work out of the box on system 8 or newer) all the way out to MacOS 10.11. It has an AFP server as well as an FTP server, so you could use either and it should work fine.

Mac OS X 10.4 should be able to be run in virtualization, or you can run it on a late PPC Mac or an early Intel one. I'm using an early CoreDuo Mac mini.