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Beginners Guide to the Vintage Macintosh

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Vintage Macintosh models with high-density floppy drives and are running System 7.x with PC Exchange can read DOS formatted disks. You won't find floppy drives on modern PCs but a USB floppy drive will work for transferring files. Zip drives were also popular for transferring data between systems and a few different Macintosh models such as the [[Power Macintosh 6500]] and [[Power Macintosh G3]] included this option at the factory. Zip drives could also be found on PCs either externally via parallel port and USB, or internally with IDE.
 
===Clones & Other Oddities===
A short lived business decision by Apple in the 1990s opened the Macintosh market to third-party clones. These are harder to find now and as such can be desirable collectible systems for hobbyists due to the rarity. If you come across these clones from vendors such as Radius, Power Computing, Motorola and UMAX for a reasonable price it might be a wise investment.
 
The Apple Network Server (ANS) product is an interesting system for hobbyists looking for a unique Apple system which can't run the Mac OS, as they were only designed to run IBM's AIX. These are also hard to find as the large size makes them less ideal for storage or display in vintage collections. We believe many of these systems were either returned to Apple or recycled over the years.
==Buying A Vintage Macintosh==

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