Vintage Mac File Transfers & Data Conversion

Transfers-VMM-Formats-SMMacs have been around for nearly three decades, lots of data still exists on floppy disks, Zip cartridges and old hard drives. The Vintage Mac Museum can read many of these disks, copy and transfer your files and convert old files from long moribund software into current formats useable on modern Macs and PCs – MS Word, Excel, Quicken, etc.

The process involves copying files from the original sources, then performing conversions on the transferred data. Copies may require the use of several different Macs and drives depending on the condition of individual media. Once transferred files can be converted to current file formats. Batch conversion is performed when possible. If not, manual conversions can be performed.

Supported file formats include Microsoft Word, Excel, Works and PowerPoint, Apple MacWrite, MacDraw, MacPaint, HyperCard, ClarisWorks and AppleWorks, WordPerfect, WriteNow, FullWrite, Quicken and QuickBooks, FileMaker Pro, SuperPaint, PageMaker, QuarkXPress, Freehand, etc.. This is not an exhaustive list. The Museum can read most common (and some uncommon) old Mac media formats, if we don’t have the necessary hardware already we can attempt to obtain it. The current list of supported formats includes the following:

   • Mac floppy disks: 400k SS/SD, 800k DS/DD, 1.44MB HD
   • Iomega Bernoulli 5.25″ 230MB, 35/65/90/105/150MB
   • Iomega Zip 100MB, 250MB; Jaz 1GB, 2GB
   • SyQuest 5.25″ 44/88/200MB, 3.5″ 105/270MB, 135MB, SyJet 1.5GB
   • Magneto-Optical MO 3.5″ 2.3GB, 128/230/540/640MB; MO 5.25″ 650MB
   • Imation SuperDisk 120MB
   • SCSI, IDE or SATA hard drives (2.5″ and 3.5″)
   • CD-ROM, DVD-ROM, DVD-RAM 4.7/5.2GB

For more information please email
Please note: we do not provide estimates on old Mac equipment value

The Vintage Mac Museum is operated and maintained by Oakbog, a provider of Apple Certified Macintosh Consulting & Technical Support services to the Greater Boston, MA area. In addition to the hardware, the Museum also maintains an extensive archive of legacy Mac software. Oakbog’s proprietor Adam Rosen is an Apple Certified Consultant and a continuous Mac user for over 30 years.

“The data is from a European researcher. I am conducting what is called a “systematic review” which involves looking at every piece of data in a given area, in this case, vegetarian diets and weight loss. If I do not incorporate all the data (even those kept in old software in a foreign language) then my findings would not be considered complete. You’ve saved science!” – Susan, Washington DC


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