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recovering archive files

Discussion in 'Logic Pro X' started by peterlemer, Jul 29, 2014.

  1. peterlemer

    peterlemer Senior member

    I am being asked to deliver music scores saved to 3.5" floppy many years
    ago

    I have 2(!) PPC 9600s, neither of which will read the discs, claiming they
    are corrupt ( although both drives will read other discs.)

    The only machine that will read the discs is my old 145B laptop.

    I have backed up the discs to this but now I need to transfer the files to
    my modern Mac Pro.

    suggestions as to how to do this would be much appreciated.

    ( the problem of actually reading these early logic files comes next! - probably in another forum)

    pete
     
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  3. bayswater

    bayswater Senior member

    Don't know what at 145b is but if it's an old Mac, I've been able to port over very old Mac files (and even Atari files copied to a floppy formatted on a Mac in dos format) by saving them as a disk image. To get them copied over to a new Mac it depends on the apps you have on the old one. FTP and email is feasible with these small files. I've also got a USB floppy which mounts on OS X I got as a dell accessory for $12 which comes in very handy for these things.
     
  4. peterlemer

    peterlemer Senior member

    bayswater: thanks for reply.
    The files exist as a mixture of logic files and .sea files. What advantage to making a disk image?

    I guess using email is simple if I can remember how to do it! :) At the time I used to use dial-up modem! I will try to see if I can connect to the internet but how? It doesn;t have an ethernet port...

    http://www.everymac.com/systems/apple/powerbook/specs/mac_powerbook145b.html

    pete
     
  5. Colin Shapiro

    Colin Shapiro Senior member

    Looking at the specs of this old laptop, it doesn't seem possible to get the files off there - no Ethernet or any other type of connection port.

    Your best bet might be to get a USB floppy drive (as mentioned by bayswater above) and get the files onto your Mac Pro.

    To read the old Logic files, you'll need Logic 7 as Logic Pro X won't open the old version files. The .sea files are compressed files, which you may get to open with Stuffit or some other compressed file app.

    There's a chance that you may be forced to use an old Mac that runs OS9 in order to open the files or even access the floppy disks. Your PPC 9600's should work. I recall that one needed a system extension (or 2?) in order for all floppies to mount properly. (? USB Floppy Enabler)

    Sorry to be vague - it's been a while…

    Moral of the story: If you have old software and storage media, keep a legacy Mac running to be able to access old files.
     
  6. bayswater

    bayswater Senior member

    Claris email might do it. The reason for making a disk image is to help ensure file integrity during whatever process occurs during the transfer. If you could zip the files that would be even better. SEA files will probably be ok. But will they extract under OS X?
     
  7. Colin Shapiro

    Colin Shapiro Senior member

    Just checked - Stuffit does open .sea files.
     
  8. peterlemer

    peterlemer Senior member

    colin, that's great news, thanks :)

    thanks :)
     
  9. peterlemer

    peterlemer Senior member

    Colin, the MacBook doesn't have a USB port :-(
    I might have to resurrect my dialup modem and connect to the internet, though god knows that was a long time ago and I've forgotten how it goes...
     
  10. CSeye

    CSeye Senior member

    A couple of years ago, I purchased a G4 on ebay in order to have a OS9/OSX Tiger dual boot system on hand. I picked up a USB Floppy drive from Amazon which works great with this setup.
     
  11. Colin Shapiro

    Colin Shapiro Senior member

    I was thinking of connecting a USB drive to the 9600, but I guess it has one built in. Sorry - not thinking clearly…..
     

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