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Disk Images

The disk images you need to download will depend on the model of Macintosh you are trying to revive, because of the version of the operating system that is recommended for your computer. Create a folder on your computer called “Images” or a similar name, and download the appropriate files. See below.

Macintosh 128K

For the Macintosh 128K, you will need to download three 400 KB images:

Macintosh 512K

For the Macintosh 512K, you need to download the following 400 KB images:

Macintosh 512Ke and Macintosh ED

For the Macintosh 512Ke, you will need to download the following images:

Macintosh Plus and Macintosh Plus ED

For the Macintosh Plus, we recommend that you use System 6.0.8, and therefore, you will need to download the following files:

We also recommend downloading the images of these programs, so you will have at least two programs to play with:

Macintosh SE

If your Macintosh SE has an 800 KB floppy disk drive, download the same files listed for the Macintosh Plus.

If your computer is a Macintosh SE FDHD, Macintosh SE Superdrive or Macintosh SE/30, it has a 1.44 MB floppy, so you must download the following files:

We also recommend downloading the images of these programs, so you will have at least two programs to play with:

Other Models

It will be up to you which version of the operating system to use on other early Macintosh models. We recommend that you use the same version as was originally shipped with the computer you are trying to revive (you can use Google to find out this information). This will ensure that the operating system is compatible with your computer, and your computer will run quickly enough. For instance, it is possible to install System 7 on the Macintosh SE, but the computer will run slower than with System 6.0.8, and there will be less RAM available.

Images of the several versions of the System 7 can be found here.

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Gabriel Torres is a Brazilian best-selling ICT expert, with 24 books published. He started his online career in 1996, when he launched Clube do Hardware, which is one of the oldest and largest websites about technology in Brazil. He created Hardware Secrets in 1999 to expand his knowledge outside his home country.