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Macintosh Floppy Emulator

Big news for vintage Mac fans, including SE owners. Here's a way to boot and troubleshoot an old Mac, even if it has no working hard disk or floppy drive. Can also be used to move files to and from an old Mac to a new Mac or Windows machine which has an SD card reader. It will cost you $90 though.

A Macintosh Floppy Emu plugged into the external drive port of a vintage Mac.    The Floppy Emu's menu screen.

Macintosh Floppy Emu web site at Big Mess o' Wires

"Love old Macintosh computers? Floppy Emu is a hardware floppy disk drive emulator for vintage Macs. It uses an SD memory card and custom hardware to mimic a 400K, 800K, or 1.4MB 3.5 inch disk drive and floppy disk. It plugs into the Mac's external or internal floppy connector, and behaves exactly like a real disk drive, requiring no special software on the Mac.

"Floppy Emu is perfect for setup or troubleshooting of a Mac without a hard drive or a working floppy drive or OS. Just plug in the Floppy Emu, and you're booting up in seconds. Keep it as a permanent solution, or use System 7 installer disk images to do a new hard drive installation. The hardware is also great for moving files between vintage Macs, or Macs and PCs with an SD card reader.

  • "Compatible with everything from the original Mac 128K through the Mac II and Power Mac series.
  • "Reads and writes emulated 400K, 800K, or 1.4MB disk images.
  • "Supports all major Macintosh disk image types.
  • "External or internal connection to your Mac.
  • "Can be used simultaneously with another floppy drive."

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