[vcf-midatlantic] Moving files from an old 68k-Mac to an emulator or other machine

Richard Cini rich.cini at gmail.com
Fri Sep 18 08:04:56 EDT 2020

Herb -

The backstory is that I wanted to bring a “Mac on a Stick” to my mom’s house and show her the old files and things from when she taught English at the middle school in her town (she’s long retired now). There’s a lot of interesting stuff she collected and some very creative things she did using PageMaker.

So, I created a vMac environment on a thumb drive that actually matched her system (MacSE, 100MB drive, all the same software). The original programs exist on-line (I have most of the disks too) but I needed the data.

But, you bring up an excellent point about data migration in general. I’ve done it a handful of times on individual files and it requires multiple machines running different versions of the program. For example, migrating a Word for Mac 1.0 document with formatting requires it being passed through at least two versions to get it “modern” enough to work. Or even like an old WordPerfect 5 doc on the PC. And that doesn’t even cover a file on an old S100 machine where there is a migration “dead end” like WordStar. Those you just need to find the “lowest common denominator” file and bring that over.


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Subject: Re: [vcf-midatlantic] Moving files from an old 68k-Mac to an emulator or other machine

Rich Cini says: have an old System 7 or 8 Mac, it put files on a Mac
format ZIP disk. Then run a recent-enough OSX (pre 10.15) Mac that can
read the ZIP disk via a USB ZIP drive.

OK, got that. But I got lost when Rich said "use an emulator to get the
files into the emulation environment".

Rich, were/are you trying to copy files onto some modern computer, to
make use of them with modern software? Or ... copy files ... to *run*
them under some emulation of say Mac System 7? Or, both?

People ask me about such things often enough. It would be good if I can
tell them what they may be able to do. Most people won't want to run an
emulator, they just want to migrate old files or at least archive it. I
always warn them of the problem of old programs that make files, that
new programs can't read (even if you "copy" them over to the new computer).

regards, Herb

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