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  wove (Profile)
Posted: Thu Oct 20, 2011 7:02 am
The Mac OS method of working with floppies goes back to how it had to be done on the old old Macs which had one floppy drive and no hard drive. Hardware changed but methodologies did not change. And you are quite correct that it is confusing, esoteric, and overly complex.

If you have a software installer on floppy disk, you generally just run the installer from the floppy disk and do not copy the installer itself to the hard drive. The easiest way to copy the installer to the hard drive is to use DiskCopy, which should be in the Utility folder and make an image of the floppy for keeping on the hard drive. And that disk image file mounts just like it were an actual floppy by double clicking on it.

To specifically copy a file from a floppy to the hard drive you need to make sure that you drag the file onto the hard drive icon not drag it to the desktop. I believe you can make a copy to the Desktop if you drag the file to the desktop by holding down the option key while dragging it to the desktop.

Back in the days when Macs came with and used floppy drives, they also came with excellent spiral bound manuals that explained and illustrated the hows and whys of these types of operations.

It sounds like you have a basic install and once you get the pieces in place to finish hardware support your life should get much easier.

  edd (Profile)
  8 MB
Posted: Thu Oct 20, 2011 7:48 am
Thanks Bill, that makes a lot of sense. I will look for Disk Copy.
  24bit (Profile)
  64 MB
Posted: Fri Oct 21, 2011 5:20 am
Actually there seems to be a bootable 7.5.3 CD image floating around. Are you still looking for one?
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