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    Accessing Mac files with my PC?

    I have a friend who has older files from her Mac, not sure what O/S she had, and now she wants these converted to PC files. I may have access to a Mac computer to do this but in the meantime, I was hunting for a program for my Win XP that could perhaps read and open these files. They are all saved on floppy disks, I might add. The hope would be to open these and save them to a CD for her. I located "Conversion Plus" but it is quite expensive for a possible one time use. Are there any free utilities that would do the same thing? Thanks for all offerings of help! <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>


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    Re: Accessing Mac files with my PC?

    You say "files" -- what sort of files? Your best chance of success is probably with TXT files, and RTF files are a "sort of" text file.

    If the files are in some weird Mac proprietory format, then I fear that your best hope (!) is Bowlie, who grudgingly admits to having a <big>PC</big> as well as an Apple Mac, and so has probably come across the problem before...

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    Re: Accessing Mac files with my PC?

    Hi John,

    I believe these will either be Word or Works files. Not sure of the version used and of course the user doesn't remember either! <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>


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    Re: Accessing Mac files with my PC?

    I don't know how far back the Mac converters go in WordXP, but you can check the Office setup to see what's available. If I remember correctly, there are also converters for Works, but I don't know about Mac Works. Windows Works is approximately Word 6.0, which had an entirely different version on the Mac (4, I think).
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    Re: Accessing Mac files with my PC?

    Hi Skitter,

    Another little problem might be the floppy's themselves. I don't believe that a PC can read a floppy that has been formatted for a Mac and vice-versa. So if your friend created the backup floppys on a Mac I don't think you will be able to help them with the conversion. <img src=/S/sorry.gif border=0 alt=sorry width=15 height=15>
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    Re: Accessing Mac files with my PC?

    Tks Charlotte and DocWatson for the replies. I think if I already had the Mac word document on a PC enabled floppy, the document could probably be read but as Doc pointed out with his <!post=post ,487633>post <!/post>, my PC will probably only ask if I want that MAC disk formatted rather than opening it up! That's the rub of it. The software I pointed to in my first post should do this but it is too expensive to purchase for just a single use so I was hoping for a freebie software that would do the same sort of thing! So far however, it appears I am out of luck! <img src=/S/sigh.gif border=0 alt=sigh width=15 height=15>


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    Re: Accessing Mac files with my PC?

    We used to do the following on our school network while I was working there: Because we had Citrix desktop in place for the Mac users, they could save their work from a floppy being read by a Mac computer to the server and then open their work on a PC if they wished. Unfortunately, the (now gone) Tech Coordinator removed all of the Macs in the school building. Too bad too or I would have begged the Superintendent to allow me to do this. I am fast running out of options except perhaps for hunting up an older Mac with a floppy drive and being able to print out the documents for the user to at least have a hard copy of her work.


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    Re: Accessing Mac files with my PC?

    I'm not sure if it will work or not, but is there some way you can email those files to yourself ??? Is there a library, school or aquaintence where you could use a Mac to email the files on that floppy ?? That would get you halfway home by getting the files on your PC. If they are Word documents then you might be able to open them. I've never tried, but would assume that if Word can save a document in Word for Macintosh format, it should be able to open one. <img src=/S/shrug.gif border=0 alt=shrug width=39 height=15>

    edited by Doc to add Maybe you could smail-mail the floppy to Bowlie and ask him to do the deed and send the files to you in PC friendly format. <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>
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    Re: Accessing Mac files with my PC?

    Just wanted to tie up loose ends on my question which I have solved - sort of!! My son-in-law is also a MAC man, so I asked him if he had any older Macs in hiding in his attic. He did and he could still network the thing! <img src=/S/clapping.gif border=0 alt=clapping width=19 height=23> AND it had a floppy (no comments on size here folks) drive. So we were able to copy all of the disks over to a PC and burn them to a CD. I found that most of the files can be read so long as they are copied from the CD to the PC desktop (or new folder or wherever.....), and renamed as a .doc file. I'm not entirely sure that they would need to be changed to the .doc extension but we found that my "user" had named her files with ridiculously long file names so renaming is a must. There are a few files that won't be recognized because of the naming scheme! But mostly, it is a success story and I think the "user" will be pleased with the results. <img src=/S/thankyou.gif border=0 alt=thankyou width=40 height=15> for all the help offered! It is nice to know I have a wealth of knowledge (not mine) to draw upon in times of crisis!! <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>


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    Re: Accessing Mac files with my PC?

    <P ID="edit" class=small>(Edited by Bowlie on 20-Jun-05 20:46. add comment about Mac floppies being read by PCs)</P>Hi Skitter,
    Sorry I didn't check this forum for a few weeks. I see you found the solution that I would have recommended - renaming the files and adding the suffix ".doc" Mac files, before System X, did not need a suffix - but could handle them if they were used. But the PC (and Macs with OS X) do need them and will have problems without them. If you want to send me a message attaching any of the files you have a problem with I can rename them for you.

    Added --> Doc Watson is right, at least half so. Floppies formatted with a PC cannot be read on a Mac, but the opposite isn't true. Since System 7 (at least) Mac formatted floppies can be read on both platforms. This probably isn't true of the floppies that you created on your Apple GS but you should be able to copy the mac file to your desktop directly from the floppy, rename it and it should open.

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    Re: Accessing Mac files with my PC?

    Hi Bowlie!!

    There were a few files that didn't cooperate mainly, I think, because of the strange naming system the user implemented! She had spaces and even quotation marks around file names! I thought that was impossible to do but she managed.

    I hadn't tried opening them on my PC because I just "assumed" they wouldn't!! My bad! I am not real sure what system they were created with since the disks weren't mine but belonged to the user who was asking for help with them!! But I do know that they were made with a newer system than the II GS!! I will suggest to her to pop the disks that had those files we could not copy, into her PC and see if she can drag them to her desktop for renaming!!

    Thanks for the help!! <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>


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    Re: Accessing Mac files with my PC?

    If they are word files they would be, at a minimum System 7. The default format for floppies in that era was one that could be read by either a Mac or a PC. You could create a floppy that was readable only with a Mac, but you had to make the change. If you can see the floppy, right-click on the file you want to copy and do a Save as, with a new name.

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    Re: Accessing Mac files with my PC?

    Hi Bowlie,

    The user has the floppy disks now so I emailed her to see if she would try one in her PC to see what would happen. She said that the PC wanted to know if she wanted to reformat them since they were unreadable. Of course that is not an option!! So I guess the method that was used in this case - transferring all those files with the older Mac O/S to the server and then onto the Windows formatted CD - was our best option.The few that she can't access because of crazy punctuation will be a loss but she at least has almost all of her original files back intact. Currently, she is happily copying, renaming and reading her "lost work" and is very happy to have it available to her again!!

    Thanks again for yours and everyone's help with this project!! <img src=/S/thumbup.gif border=0 alt=thumbup width=15 height=15>


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    Re: Accessing Mac files with my PC?

    The world has moved on a bit. Off-the-shelf Macs can no longer read floppies formated on either a Mac or a PC, for the simple reason that they don't have floppy drives. I had an external USB drive connected to my Mac but needed a USB port a couple of years ago and disconnected it. It's around here somewhere if I ever need it! My Dell laptop is equally floppy-less, but the guys on our help-desk have the hardware if I ever need it.

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    Re: Accessing Mac files with my PC?

    Right you are about the world moving on a bit! I think there was a discussion a bit ago about floppies being a "dying technology" and probably for the best! I think with all technology, the trick is to get the older data converted to the new formats before the tools to do this evaporate into oblivion!! Lucky for my friend, we were still able to help her with the transition of her data!! I still use floppies occasionally but find that they do not have enough storage for most of my needs any more. The jump drives are so much more convenient since they can be copied to, erased, transported, etc. just as the floppy could be used but they can also be password protected and can contain so much more data!! Yep, the world does keep evolving in technology. We just have to keep up!! <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>


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