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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.

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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.

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