[GTALUG] Anyone on the list know what I need to read ancient Apple disks?

David Collier-Brown davec-b at rogers.com
Sat Jan 3 21:50:49 UTC 2015

I'm after pictures and email, and can probably do a trick with strings 
to find JPEGs,  find and grep to find mailboxes and addressbooks.


On 01/03/2015 04:37 PM, Stewart C. Russell wrote:
> On 2015-01-03 03:55 PM, David Collier-Brown wrote:
>> what modern machines can read Mac file formats?
> Last time I tried this (~2007), a Mac HD was recognized immediately on
> attaching it to a Linux box. PPC Macs used their own slightly weird
> partitioning system, but all the HFS filesystems mounted read-only
> correctly. hfsutils provides a crude shell environment if you ever need
> to delve into HFS images.
> Your biggest problem will be the file formats. MacOS 9 was still heavily
> into its data+resource fork model, so you can often be left with little
> clue what type of file is on the disk, or be stuck with crazy encoding
> issues. Mac Applications used to be a mess of very proprietary file
> formats (Apple Works, I am glaring at you), so let's hope any data you
> can get off the disk is in something vaguely sensible. And yes, formats
> like Word and Excel would be considered sensible ones here …
> Old Macs use just CR for newlines, FYI.
> cheers,
>   Stewart
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