Generating 1.44 MB Floppies on the PC

We will give as an example the generation of the 1.44 MB floppies for System 6.0.8, to be used with the Macintosh SE. We are assuming that you have installed the necessary utilities described on the previous page.

Right click the 1.44 MB image files (SSW_6.0.8-1.4MB_Disk2of2.sea.bin and SSW_6.0.8-1.4MB_Disk2of2.sea.bin) and choose “Extract All Here.” You will have two new files, SSW_6.0.8-1.4MB_Disk1of2.sea and SSW_6.0.8-1.4MB_Disk2of2.sea. Now, repeat the process again for these two new files, and you will have another two files, System Additions and System Startup. Rename these two files so that you have “.img” at the end (i.e., System Additions.img and System Startup.img).

Now you have the images of the operating system floppy disks. Click on the first image and WinImage will load. The work area of the program will be blank; this is normal. You can check that the image was loaded through the box “Label,” which should be showing “MAC: System.”

Insert a blank floppy into the PC’s floppy disk drive, and go to Disk, Format and write disk (or simply hit Control+F). The program will generate the first floppy. After the process is done, repeat it for the second floppy.

Now you have the two operating system floppy disks and can use them on your old Mac. If your computer can’t read the floppies, you are 100% sure that your computer has a 1.44 MB floppy disk drive, and you cleaned the floppy disk drive as explained, this means that the floppy disk drive of your computer is most likely defective, and you will need to replace it.

You can use the 1.44 MB floppies to initialize the hard disk drive and install the operating system on it, as well as to test if the hard disk drive is working properly or if it is defective.

Now with your old Mac running, you can download more programs and images from the Internet. In order to install stand-alone Mac files, you should use the procedure described on the next page.

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.