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Download data from optical disk to iMac OS X

How do I transfer data from the SYS.230 optical disk to a iMac OS X v 10.3.9? The 25 pin transfer cables are not compatible with Firewire or USB

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  • Chuckar Mar 16, 2008

    I agree with you, IB4G2008. I will need a cable to connect the SYS.230 to my iMac.

    Can you suggest where I might find such a cable that is, as you say, "mac specific" and will enable the SYS.230 to transfer data from its optical disks to the iMac?

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Yes..that's true..you'll need a firewire cable, mac specific..no easy way to do this, without proper connections.

Posted on Mar 15, 2008

  • Patrick Michaels
    Patrick Michaels Mar 16, 2008

    the firewire is compatible across platforms..best place to fine it is from the disk maker's site..who makes that disK?

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