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Some floppies load photos into MAC ok - some don't.

I have an old MAC (borrowed) OS9.2 and recently got the TEAC external USB Floppy Drive. When I load a floppy, an icon appears on the desktop that holds the photos from the floppy. I then copy those, edit and I'm in business. Sometimes, I insert a floppy (2HD IBM 1.44MB) and nothing loads to the MAC. No icon... just beeps that stop after awhile and then nothing.
I have the same floppies - they are Imation brand. I insert them into my digital camera, reformat them, take pictures and do the cycle again.

Is this a drive problem or a floppy problem? Have search the net, and can't seem to find the answer I need. Thanks.

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Can I use a Bytecc BT-144 usb external floppy disk drive with an iMac running OS 10.10.1?


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Or you may have to plug the floppy in, then reboot, to get the Mac to recognize it, especially with a USB port. Some old Windozz machines were like that...maybe your Mac too????

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If your windows machine can't read the disk, makes me think the floppy drive is bad or you have corrupted files on the disk. Try a couple known good floppy disks on the Windoz box and see what happens. Or another removable floppy drive. They cost $5 to $10 now.

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It would appear that you may need to do a couple of things in order to restore the drive back to normal. I would disconnect the drive using the icon provided to this effect and doing it after the message says it's safe to disconnect it.
If the message says differently, I would still disconnect it, unles you're in the middle of writing, which you're not.
Upon reconnecting the drive, should the condition persist, I would recycle the laptop and try again. It does not make sense that a disk that you recently read from to burn a CD is no longer readable, unless the mechanism inside the drive had collected debris that caused the data on your floppy to be ruined. That would be an unfortunate disaster.
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The simple answer to your question is yes. The trick is getting the external floppy drive.

If you have one you should be able to connect it to you mac and simply drag the files on to your desktop. Depending what the files are you should then be able to still read them and save them on the mac in a new format.

It really depends on what format the files are and what app they where created in.

Floppy disks! I have not come across them for years! The process is quite slow!

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