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The first half hour to hour, we have an open discussion session. Our final hour is for the presentation, which will be Gary McGath, author of Files That Last, will be talking about File Archiving and Salvaging old data, here's his description:
Rescuing Macintosh Files
Recovering decades-old files from Macs presents special challenges. In the old days, there were Mac-only formats like MacPaint and MacWrite. Plain text files used a different character set from everyone else. Files for the same application on Mac and Windows weren't compatible with each other. Mac files weren't even a single ordered sequence of bytes, violating a basic assumption of file systems today. On the
hardware side, most modern computers can't read Classic floppies.
If you need to recover pre-OS X Mac files, what can you do? Gary McGath, author of Files that Last, offers suggestions on how to salvage the data and move it to a more usable format.