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    May 10, 2008
    Question Moving files from old PowerMac 8100/80
    Hi ,

    I have an old PowerMac 8100/80 with an external SCSI HD.
    I have some files i have to copy from it and i'm not sure how.
    This computer is so ancient that there is no USB / Network port (but there is an ancient external modem).

    I need to copy the data to a PC computer right next to it.
    How would you recommend doing it?

    I thought connecting it with the serial adaptor but i'm not sure how to
    set it up on the mac side (how to define the connection setup - I'm a PC technician).

    Thanks in advance,

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    louishen's Avatar
    Member Since
    Oct 22, 2007
    Mac Mini Core i7 2012 | White 2009 MacBook 2 Ghz | 733 Mhz G4 Quicksilver
    The 8100 did have an ethernet port, can you connect it to a network?

    If so you can get it to work as an FTP server

    If you can get it to work, your PC can connect to it and begin to download

    Note that old macs did not use file extensions at the end of files so make sure you put say, all word documents in a Word folder so that you can remember what they are on the PC end

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    Member Since
    May 10, 2008
    Question About the ethernet connection
    First - Thanks for the quick response!

    I have looked on the backside of the comp, and the only
    connection seems reasonable for ethernet is the one in the attached picture.
    But it seems I'll have to find an adapter.

    Is it that?

    If so, do I need a 'AAUI-15 to Ethernet adapter'?

    Thanks in advance,
    Guy Wald
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    Avenger2SER's Avatar
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    Nov 25, 2005
    Macbook Air 11" (2012), Macbook Pro 15" (Early 2008), Mac Mini i5 (2012)
    I've worked on a bunch of these, and some didn't have ethernet ports. Do you have another legacy mac with a ADB port on the back?

    You can create a simple AppleShare network using an old ADB cable to copy the files over to a "newer" mac with an ethernet connection or some other way to copy the files over.
    Macbook Air 11" 4gb, 128gb SSD (2012)
    Mac Mini i5 16gb, 128gb SSD, 1tb internal, 2x 1tb external (2012)
    MacBook Pro,4gb,128gb SSD (early 2008)
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    Member Since
    Sep 18, 2007
    Gateway2000 P5-60. 66Mhz and 128 MB RAM.
    Here is a transceiver on Amazon. 10 MB/s for $30. Not too bad.

    And here's how you can do it:

    Please note that the above link is for classic to classic OS's. It will be the same idea for your older mac though and way simpler for OS X

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