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Reading old IIe floppies without Apple Hardware

I have a box of 5�" floppies that were used in a IIe system back in the 
late 80's / early 90's.  My boyfriend's mom passed away in 1989 and left 
a number of disks behind.  The contents of the disks are a mystery, but 
they would mostly be high school papers, etc.  (His mom was an English 
teacher.)

Is there any easy way to get the contents of the disks?  I was looking 
through them briefly and one of them says, "Appleworks", on it.  Not 
sure if it's the software or the documents.  I would love to be able to 
read the contents and maybe convert them to disk images that can be used 
in Windows, maybe even just print out what documents there are.

What options are out there?
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Brayton wrote:
> I have a box of 5=BC" floppies that were used in a IIe system back in the
> late 80's / early 90's.  My boyfriend's mom passed away in 1989 and left
> a number of disks behind.  The contents of the disks are a mystery, but
> they would mostly be high school papers, etc.  (His mom was an English
> teacher.)
>
> Is there any easy way to get the contents of the disks?  I was looking
> through them briefly and one of them says, "Appleworks", on it.  Not
> sure if it's the software or the documents.  I would love to be able to
> read the contents and maybe convert them to disk images that can be used
> in Windows, maybe even just print out what documents there are.
>
> What options are out there?

well, if you have access to 5.25" drives for your current windows PC,
you might want to take a look at:

http://www.oldskool.org/disk2fdi/

As far as I understand it, this software is capable of reading old
Apple II images using PC style drives and saving the result as a disk
image. I suspect it won't work on all Apple II disks. However, if the
disks you have are mainly unprotected, you could be in luck.

Failing that, you are probably going to need to find someone in your
area with a real Apple II, or post the disks to someone who does. I'm
not sure if old Mac's can read Apple II 5.25" disks? I know they can
read the 3.5" variety.

There *may* be specialist data retrieval companies out there dealing
with these disks, but I doubt it. Even if there were, I suspect they
would be rather expensive.

cheers,
-p

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polymorph69 (475)
11/12/2006 10:39:26 AM
Brayton wrote:
> What options are out there?

For a large number of floppies, the cheapest way is to buy an Apple II
and transfer the software yourself. This may involve a bit of time,
patience and help from this forum, depending on your level of computer
knowledge.

Alernatively, if you only have a few floppies you could pay someone to
do it for you:
http://www.retrofloppy.com/

Cheers,
Nick.

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11/12/2006 12:31:04 PM
"Brayton" <shwn.stambaugh@acsalaska.net> wrote in message news:12ldog26ma5ise9@corp.supernews.com...
: I have a box of 5�" floppies that were used in a IIe system back in the
: late 80's / early 90's.  My boyfriend's mom passed away in 1989 and left
: a number of disks behind.  The contents of the disks are a mystery, but
: they would mostly be high school papers, etc.  (His mom was an English
: teacher.)
:
: Is there any easy way to get the contents of the disks?  I was looking
: through them briefly and one of them says, "Appleworks", on it.  Not
: sure if it's the software or the documents.  I would love to be able to
: read the contents and maybe convert them to disk images that can be used
: in Windows, maybe even just print out what documents there are.
:
: What options are out there?

Depending on the number of disks, I will convert your
disks to images for $1 each, per side. You pay postage
both ways if you want the disks back. I will write the
images to CD and send that to you. Email me to discuss
the details.

Thanks,

William Garber
Email Address - willy46pa@garberstreet.com
Alt. Email - willy46pa@comcast.net
Web address - http://www.garberstreet.com



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willy46pa2 (652)
11/12/2006 4:34:32 PM
Hi,

Your two best options would be to have a vintage computer hobbyist 
transfer the files for you, or else get the necessary hardware and do it 
yourself.

I have tried using utilities to read Apple II disks with on a PC with a 
  5 1/4" IBM DD/DS drive, and they can work, but only if the disks are 
perfect.  I had disks that could not be read on my IBM system that could 
be read by my IIgs.  The floppy technologies used by the PC and the 
Apple are completely different, and you really can only read Apple disks 
reliably with an Apple.

This is how I would transfer your diskettes.

1.  Copy your Apple 5 1/4" disks to 3.5" with my IIgs using System 
Utilities.

3.  Copy (Or make images) of the files with my Mac IIci (68K Macs 
running System 7.5 or 7.6 can read Apple disks)

3.  Write the images or files to IBM 1.44MB disks using the Mac IIci 
(68K Macs with System 7.5 or 7.6 can also write IBM disks!)

Hope this helps,

Dave


Brayton wrote:
> I have a box of 5�" floppies that were used in a IIe system back in the 
> late 80's / early 90's.  My boyfriend's mom passed away in 1989 and left 
> a number of disks behind.  The contents of the disks are a mystery, but 
> they would mostly be high school papers, etc.  (His mom was an English 
> teacher.)
> 
> Is there any easy way to get the contents of the disks?  I was looking 
> through them briefly and one of them says, "Appleworks", on it.  Not 
> sure if it's the software or the documents.  I would love to be able to 
> read the contents and maybe convert them to disk images that can be used 
> in Windows, maybe even just print out what documents there are.
> 
> What options are out there?

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11/12/2006 10:34:54 PM
Polymorph wrote:

> I'm
> not sure if old Mac's can read Apple II 5.25" disks?

No way. Unless it has the "LC" Apple IIe "emulator" card pluged in.

Regards,
Jorge Chamorro B.

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bieling (446)
11/15/2006 8:30:06 AM
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