In article <9nqrkvgr8ll4ttvudn00q31hk78bkdg5r84ax.com>,
I think you have two choices, Get an Ethernet card or get a Zip drive> I have an old Mac IISi in the garage, with no special hardware
> installed (whatever it came with, plus a memory upgrade). This
> Saturday, as part of a home clean-out project, I would like to archive
> about 300 megs of files on the Mac (primarily Excel, Word, MacIntax, I
> think) to a PC HD. I have 2 PCs as options for the Xfer: 1 with Win
> 98SE and one with Win XP.
> I'm pretty sure I could do this via floppy, as I recall that the IISi
> has a superdrive, but that would be rather laborious. Can I do it with
> a serial cable? I do have an Iomege 100 meg zip drive for the PC's
> parallel port. Will that work on the Mac so I could I use it as a
> vehicle? Also, read something about a "null modem" -- what is that,
> where do I get it, and will it work? Other hardware options?
> What Mac and/or PC software available now should I use? I don't need
> anything fancy, but would like to give it a command and come back in a
> few hours rather than juggling floppies all day. I seem to recall
> being a registered user of WhiteKnight, if that helps.
with a SCSI interface.
The problem with the Ethernet card is how are you going to find and load
the drivers? I don't know how successful you would be trying to transfer
the drivers via floppy disk using the PC. You would probably need a
version of Stuffit Expander that could expand Zipped files from the PC.
You will also need a either a crossover Ethernet cable or a hub with 2
regular patch cables.
Same problem with getting the drivers for the Zip drive, but if you have
a Zip disk that has been Mac formatted in the SCSI version of the Zip
drive and you have the drive connected, turned on and the disk in the
drive when you boot up the Mac it will load the driver from the Zip
disk. I've done this on a Mac SE so it should work on your II SI. The
problem is going to be getting the properly formatted Zip disk. If you
format it on a PC or even a Mac with a USB Zip drive it doesn't work.
You can buy old SCSI Zip drives off eBay for about $25-$35. See if the
seller will include Mac formatted disks with it, many do. Once you are
done you can recoup some or all of the expense by selling it on eBay to
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