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How can I convert System 6.1 disks to System 10.5?

by Rindge52 / March 12, 2011 6:13 AM PST

I came across three 5-1/4" floppies from my discarded Apple IIci (System 6.1, if I remember correctly) to my new Apple ibook (System 10.5) These are very important text files to me and if I could get a printout I could scan them into my ibook. Or is there a company that could convert these filed ?

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Are you sure these are 5-1/4?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 12, 2011 6:19 AM PST
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(NT) Sorry! They are 3.5" floppies--not 5'1/4" floppies.
by Rindge52 / March 12, 2011 6:40 AM PST
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Now we can talk.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 12, 2011 9:53 AM PST
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Can you clarify?
by Kees_B Forum moderator / March 12, 2011 6:31 AM PST

What is converting a disk?

If it just are text files (which doesn't include files from a word processor!) there's no need for converting the files. They will be readable in Notepad on any Windows PC that has a diskette reader that can read those diskettes (and, by the way, any Mac also).

So maybe your question is: how to read a diskette on a machine that doesn't have a diskette drive? That's easy to answer: you can't.

Just to console you: I lost some info I only had on 5-1/4" floppies when my last 5-1/4" drive died back in 1998 or so. Not so smart: I should have taken the precaution to copy that files to a 3.5" diskette, of course, but I postponed it too long.

And a warning: I also lost some information I only had on 3.5" diskettes because they degraded after 5 years and gave read errors.

Diskettes never were (and never will be) a good way to store information. Just for temporaray storage and a nicd way to move them between different machines. Surprisingly, that's the same with external hdd's at the moment, although they are slightly more reliable then diskettes.


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Files were done in Microsoft Word, and can Notepad read them
by Rindge52 / March 12, 2011 7:02 AM PST
In reply to: Can you clarify?

These 3.5" floppies were done using Microsoft Word and can Notepad read them? Can I still buy a diskette reader for my ibook 10.5? Instead of using the word "converting," I should have used "upgrading." I want to go from a floppy system 6.1 to a CD system 10.5. Are there any companies that could print me out a hard copy?

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Re: Word
by Kees_B Forum moderator / March 12, 2011 9:09 PM PST

That makes it even easier. Any Mac or PC with a diskette drive and either MS Office or Open Office installed could be used to read and print those documents. In fact, any Mac or PC with a diskette drive will be able to copy them to a USB-stick for further processing on your new iBook, even without an office program installed.

I don't think it's needed to buy a USB connected diskette drive for a one time use like this. You might find a PC somewhere (friend, family, work, public library) that still has a diskette drive.


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(NT) Thanks everybody! I believe you answered my question.
by Rindge52 / March 13, 2011 12:09 AM PST
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Let's not get too hasty here.
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / March 15, 2011 9:58 AM PDT

While it is true that any Mac with a diskette drive attache should be able to pull the files off the disks and have them read with MS Word, the same cannot be said for any PC.

The Windows machine will not recognize the disk format, same as a Windows machine cannot recognize the current Mac format.


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converting your files
by davina85 / September 25, 2011 1:21 PM PDT

If the files were done on an old microsoft word program if you have a older version of office on ur 10.5 system you should be able to open them, as long as you have a usb floppy drive.

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