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How to make disks for a IIGS?

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At that point, I would just get ADTPro setup and create disks that way. Yes, it requires a serial cable, but the program makes everything SOOOO much easier then the Disk Copy floppy shuffle on an old Mac.

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How new of a Windows machine do I need to run ADTPro? I'm thinking of trying to find an old laptop with a serial port to do it.

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I know I have a DE9 to mini-DIN8 serial cable around here somewhere so I'll have to find that and a suitable PC and give it a shot.

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I have a variety of Macs that can write images back to floppy.  I mainly use a Beige G3 desktop for that because it has a decent sized HD and USB.  I wrote my IIGS disks using that.  

 

Curious though, my Apple IIGS floppy drive says 1.4MB near the eject.  It is an Apple drive but it only reads 800k.  Didn't Apple sell an interface board that you had to plug the 1.4MB drives into because the built in one can never work with a full 1.4?  IIRC that is the expensive part.  I could be wrong because I was never really into Apple that much until later on.

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42 minutes ago, Zippy Zapp said:

Curious though, my Apple IIGS floppy drive says 1.4MB near the eject.  It is an Apple drive but it only reads 800k...

What is the model number of the drive? Apple sold an external Superdrive in the same case as the 800k drive, the model numbers are G7287 (1.44mb) and A9M0106 (800k) respectively. The Superdrive version will work with a IIgs but, yes, to use it at its full capacity you need a rare interface board. Otherwise it's functionally identical to the 800k drive.

 

Reactive Micro sold a clone of that interface board and, yes, it cost a fair chunk of cash.

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I have a picture of it on my MacBook here so I have attached it so you can see the front of the drive.  I don't have a picture of the model number, though.  I will check it when I get home.  

 

 

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On 10/16/2018 at 12:05 PM, Gorgonops said:

What is the model number of the drive? Apple sold an external Superdrive in the same case as the 800k drive, the model numbers are G7287 (1.44mb) and A9M0106 (800k) respectively. The Superdrive version will work with a IIgs but, yes, to use it at its full capacity you need a rare interface board. Otherwise it's functionally identical to the 800k drive.

Hmm.  Mine is the A9M0106.  Weird it is 800k model but the label on the drive says 1.4MB.  I haven't opened it in a while.  Do these drives also work with Macs that have an external floppy drive connector?

 

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36 minutes ago, Zippy Zapp said:

Do these drives also work with Macs that have an external floppy drive connector?

Yes.

 

As olePigeon noted it's possible someone changed the internal mechanism and labeled it appropriately. Inside those drives is a normal MacII-era mechanism cabled to an adapter board that provides the daisy chain function, a SuperDrive cables right up.

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