Did you find a vintage Mac system in the attic, but it won’t boot up? Was your impulse purchase from Craigslist delivered without any software? Do you need SCSI utilities to format your hard disk, or a terminal program to connect your classic Mac with the outside world? Get rid of that flashing question mark!
This service will create 800K or 400K Macintosh floppies with essential software for your old Mac Plus, SE, Portable, or similar vintage Mac system. It’s all freely downloadable software from Apple and other sources, and I’m offering this service for computer collectors who can’t create 800K/400K disks on their own. These are are DS/DD double-density floppies, written using Apple’s unique variable-speed recording method. The oldest Macs can’t read common 1.44 MB floppies, and PC and USB floppy drives can’t create 800K/400K disks. The only way to create them is with a 25+ year old floppy drive from an Apple computer.
These floppy disks can help resurrect your old Mac for just a few dollars. If you’re looking for a complete Macintosh and Apple II disk solution that supports an unlimited number of disks downloaded from the web, and hard disk emulation too, check out the BMOW Floppy Emu solid-state disk emulator.
Instructions and manuals are not included – only the floppy disks. While I test every disk, I can’t guarantee your Mac will boot, as there may be other hardware issues causing startup problems with machines of this age. Web forums like thinkclassic.org and 68kmla.org are a great source of advice if you need help.
Colors and brands of disk media will vary. Shipping within the United States is $3 for up to three disks, and calculated by weight for larger orders.
These disks are useful for the earliest Macintosh models: the Mac 128K, 512K, 512Ke, Plus, SE, SE FDHD, SE/30, Classic, Portable, and Macintosh II series. They can also be used with newer models like the Mac LC series, Quadras, and Powerbooks, but it may be easier for you to create 1.44 MB disks yourself for those systems. Newer models may also require additional system enablers or control panels not included on these disks.
400K disks can be read by any Macintosh.
800K disks can be read by any Macintosh except the Macintosh 128K and 512K.
System 3.2 is recommended for the Macintosh 128K, 512K, and 512Ke.
System 6.0.8 is recommended for all other Macintosh models.