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    Macintosh 5 1/4 Disk

    Here's the skinny...My work mate has some "OLD" 5 1/4" disks that had been used on an "OLD" Macintosh. The disks supposedly have some geneology data from a Macintosh version of "Family Tree". Is there anyway for him to view this data and incorporate it into a newer PC version of Family Tree? He dosen't have access to a macintosh computer with a 5 1/4 " drive, and when he tries to look at the disk on a PC, it says the disk must be formated first.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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    Re: Macintosh 5 1/4 Disk

    If you were to post a message at <A target="_blank" HREF=http://genforum.genealogy.com/using/>http://genforum.genealogy.com/using/</A>, I am sure that some there should be able to help. There are a LOT users there that have been around for some time. Give it a shot.

    This is the Family Tree Maker help site, and it is very useful.

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    Re: Macintosh 5 1/4 Disk

    Neither the Mac nor its predecesor the 'Lisa' used 5 1/4" inch disks (with one exception mentioned below). I suspect it was an Apple II or possibly an Apple III (unlikely since that was a 'business' machine and a bit of a flop). He needs to find someone with an Apple II still running, all of which can format disks for both Apple and PC. He should be able to save data files from the Apple onto a DOS formatted disk - which he should be able to read on a PC.

    One other possibility is the original Mac LC (1990 - 1992) the 'pizza-box Mac' <A target="_blank" HREF=http://www.everymac.com/systems/apple/mac_lc/stats/mac_lc.html>http://www.everymac.com/systems/apple/mac_...ats/mac_lc.html</A> came in an "Education Version" - in fact a Mac with a Apple IIe card. See <A target="_blank" HREF=http://www.acornworld.net/~jmayrand/IIeCard.html>http://www.acornworld.net/~jmayrand/IIeCard.html</A> This was supposed to make it easier for this market to move up from the Apple II to the Mac. Since Macs work forever he may find a school with one of these hybrids (and with both size floppy disk drives). There is a forum at the first URL mentioned above - some Apple nut will probably be happy to help. Good luck!
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