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

David Collier-Brown davec-b at rogers.com
Mon Jan 5 00:32:09 UTC 2015

On 01/04/2015 01:40 AM, D. Hugh Redelmeier wrote:
> | From: David Collier-Brown <davec-b at rogers.com>
> | An elderly relative has a PPC iMac, the so-called "sunflower mac"
> | http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/0/02/Imac_sunflower2.jpg
> Nice.
> A friend ran and Plan9 on one for years.  He's the one who ported
> Plan9 to the Raspberry Pi.
> | It eventually died, but the symptoms hinted it wasn't a disk crash.
> What did it die of?  I assume that it was terminal (fried mainboard?).
> | This apparently came with MacO OS 9.2 and a  60.0 GB Ultra ATA/66 hard drive
> | (5400 RPM), so what modern machines can read Mac file formats?  I have an
> | Ubunutu-based PVR with an ATA interface that's doing the DVD right now, could
> | I read it from Linux? My old SPARC read Mac SCSI formats...
> (I'm not sure what "doing the DVD right now" means.)
> I take it that you don't need to get them up and running again.  If
> you did, I would imagine that the most straight-forward method would
> be to feed the disk to a modern Mac.  They surely have migration
> tools.
> I'd try a PATA to USB gizmo because modern Macs don't do PATA.  If you
> need to borrow one, I have one.
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Yes, I'd love to borrow it: my PVR has an old parallel interface, but 
it's in use and I'd have to yank the DVD temporarily to try the Mac disk.


David Collier-Brown,         | Always do right. This will gratify
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