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  • 1987

Hardware Description

Not to be confused with the Apple 5.25 Drive (A9M0110), in 1987 Apple sought to better compete in the IBM dominated business market by offering a means of cross-compatibility. Alongside the release of the Macintosh SE & Macintosh II, Apple released the Apple PC 5.25" Drive which required a separate custom PC 5.25 Floppy Disk Controller Card for each Mac, for use with industry standard 5.25" 360K formatted flexible disks. It was similar in appearance to the Disk IIc. Through the use of special Macintosh Apple File Exchange utility, the drive could read and write files between Mac and MS-DOS formats. Translators could convert documents between WordStar and MacWrite, among others.