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I have just bought a macintosh classic but it has no applications on it.

olePigeon

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Disk Copy 6.x disk images store vital information in the data fork, which is stripped on most non-Macintosh computers. This can be avoided by using Disk Copy 4.2 image format which only stores tag and checksum data as a resource forks, but are otherwise raw binary files (there's even a utility to convert Disk Copy 4.2 images into raw image files.) However, the tag data can be useful.

I often use Basilisk II on my MacBook as an intermediary (System 7 + Newer Stuffit.) That way I can download a file and extract it with no issues. I then use Stuffit or DiskDoubler to compress the file as a self-extracting archive, then binhex encode the file. After that I shoot it over to my vintage Mac over FTP. I run NetPresenz, a free FTP, Gopher, & Web server on my vintage Mac, then just use a regular FTP client on my MacBoo to connect.
 

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I use winimage usually. Most mac software is available in .sit or .dsk format, so pretty easy to use with winimage.


Theres a great place to find most stuff...
i have just downloaded winimage but i dont get how i can use it to write a file onto the floppy disk
 

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i have just downloaded winimage but i dont get how i can use it to write a file onto the floppy disk
i have tried it a bit more but it just keeps coming up with errors and it says that the floppy has 0 bytes on it what am i doing wrong?
 

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Sit images wont work with winimage, so you will need a mac emulator to create a diskette image. Baslink II is a good option. You can then write the virtual floppy image with winimage.
 

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Alot of bad info going on in this thread. For all intents and purposes YOU CANT make a mac disk on a windows machine (except with a flux device in some situations, so lets just say you cant). You can make SOME mac disks on an apple II with a 3.5" drive and ADTPro.. But the real way of doing it is to make them on a mac with a cdrom drive (for transfering files- USB is a bit too much to ask in most situations and USB and floppy drives didnt exist on macs)

Get some powerpc mac with a floppy drive and cdrom. Load it up with system 7.5.3. Install Disk copy version 4.2, 6.2, and 6.3.3. This should cover most of the disk images you find. Download a disk image and mount the disk image. If it mounts and works use one of the disk copy versions (which ever one will work on the mounted disk image to create a new Disk image of the mounted disk. Save that disk image into a folder you make called "my created disk images" you should then be able to load any of the disk images you create into a version of disk copy and write it to floppy.

Sounds ridiculous? Yeah it is, the price you pay for using a mac before OSX. I have been through all this before. this is the most straightforward method and this is how I make mac disks (400K, 800K, and 1.44MB)
 

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This is the way I have always made mac disks for 1.44s. Now 400/800 ya you are outta luck on a windows machine. Mac Classic has a 1.44mb drive.

Just another thought, make sure you are trying to write 1.44mb images.
 

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Alot of bad info going on in this thread. For all intents and purposes YOU CANT make a mac disk on a windows machine (except with a flux device in some situations, so lets just say you cant).

Complete nonsense. Winimage can write 1.44MB disk image files for Macintosh machines fine. You can also use HFV Explorer to read and write Mac floppies and even hard drives if you have a SCSI controller. I've used this method for decades to get files from PC to Mac. You can even sometimes get away with writing 800k disk images if you tape over the capacity notch on the floppy.

If you have a Zip drive, you can format it for DOS and read it on a Macintosh with the PC Exchange control panel installed.

The only problem is that Windows doesn't know what resource forks are, so you have to keep files in a compressed container like .sit to avoid the files being clobbered when stored on the PC.
 

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And this is the reason I bought an LC and installed a network card. Made this soooo much easier. I got tired of having to use baslink to make floppy images. It works but its sloooowwww by time you get a few diskettes made, there went an hour. But it does work.

Never had luck making 800k diskettes. Perhaps its just my usb floppy drive. In any event I have a better machine for that now. If OP needs someone to make a few diskettes, and mail them out, I am still willing to help.
 

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LC's are relaible machines. I like them. Thats why I have 8. Plus you can find them for very little and connect an external scsi cdrom to them if need be.
 

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BTW, reguarding winimage in windows 10. You CANNOT just dbl click a disk image file and it open it correctly. You have to load it while winimage is running, and make sure its in administrator mode! Also, you cannot format in win10, so just click write image.
 
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