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Old 03-28-2020, 04:36 AM
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Default Mac OS9 data CDs not readable in OSX?

I need to drag some files off some data CDs that were written back in the late 90s on a Mac. That would be OS9 era I think?

Iím using an Apple SuperDrive and none of multiple disks Iíve tried will mount in OSX Catalina. Does anyone know of a way to make them readable? The SuperDrive is working fine.
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Old 03-28-2020, 04:42 AM
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Maybe the cd's themselves are the problem? Those things don't last forever you know. I've seen old cd's and dvd's with the internal layers failing.
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Most likely bad media. AFAIK there should not be anything different in how OS9 and OSX burn ISO9660 format, a.k.a. CD-ROM. Even if yours had HFS in it, OSX should be able to read it.
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Old 03-28-2020, 08:48 AM
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It seems unlikely every disk would be faulty. I’ve tried over 20 now written over a two year period from various reputable manufacturers.
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That certainly sounds strange. Back in the day I remember PC needed extra software for reading certain Mac CDROM that were not burnt as hybrid, but first I hear OSX cannot read OS9 media
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It seems unlikely every disk would be faulty. Iíve tried over 20 now written over a two year period from various reputable manufacturers.
Doesn't matter. I have boxed collections of Doctor Who reboot dvd's done by BBC from Chris Eccleston through Matt Smith and almost everyone is unplayable due to the media delaminating - you can see the colors when you look at the back of the disks. It's not the normal silver but looks like black & blue from bruising one's body. And these collections are less than a decade old.
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Hmmmm ... to troubleshoot, I'd try a different computer.
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Old 03-28-2020, 03:21 PM
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Hmmmm ... to troubleshoot, I'd try a different computer.
Exactly! Iím going to try my studio Mac running Mojave tomorrow. I was wondering if Catalina security was blocking things. My laptop running Catalina is reading data CDs/DVDs written in early OSX versions fine, just not OS9 disks.
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Iirc, there was a warning about old cd Roms not working around 10.10.x from chicken systems, saying you need to convert all of your old libraries before upgrading. I have a lot of old cd-r backups from the OS9 era... I’ll see if I can test a few of them to see if they load up on newer Mac OS.

Interestingly enough, I was always taught in the early 2000’s that CD-r was the most stable form of backup. It may have been at the time, but certainly not a preferred form of backup today. The thing I hate the most about it is I had large sessions that were split across multiple CD-Rs because they only held 700mb. I have hard drives that are over 10 years old that still spin up and work fine. Definitely not relying on them as a main form of backup, but it’s interesting to see how well they hold up.
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Iirc, there was a warning about old cd Roms not working around 10.10.x from chicken systems, saying you need to convert all of your old libraries before upgrading. I have a lot of old cd-r backups from the OS9 era... Iíll see if I can test a few of them to see if they load up on newer Mac OS
Thatís very kind of you John. Let me check if I can read them in Mojave in the morning and Iíll report back before you go to any trouble.
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