[RndTbl] sad Mac

Peter O'Gorman peter at pogma.com
Thu Sep 18 13:58:42 CDT 2008

Dan Martin wrote:

> Good suggestion.  One hard drive cable (an Apple drive) appears to  
> have a 19-pin connector,

Wow! Must be an HD20. That's amazing. Wikipedia tells me that there were
adaptors that converted these to scsi devices back in the day...
Probably hard to find such a thing these days. I worked at Apple in
Cork, Ireland as an intern in 1988, and I have never seen one of these
:-) I think the hammer and a magnet may be your best course of action here.

 the same as Apple's floppy drive connector.
> The second party hard drive has a 25-pin connector (same physical  
> connector for RS-232, but different voltages etc.)

This one is scsi, using Apple's DB25 connector. Apple stopped shipping
macs with scsi relatively recently, chances are pretty good that you can
find a usb -> scsi adaptor on ebay.

> I don't know what format,

Looks like HFS was introduced before the Mac Plus, so chances are good
that if you can connect the device to a linux or mac os x system, it can
be read, and of course, reformatted (don't forget to overwrite
everything as well).

Peter O'Gorman

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