I Can't Get Disk Images To Read On My Mac Classic With OS 7.5.3 Even When They're Unzipped HELP PLEASE!

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Hi, I'm trying to get some old Black and White game disk images on my Mac Classic with OS 7.5.3 but here's the problem. I know you first have to format a disk for Mac which I am doing with the program TransMac. It formats the disk and creates a folder for the files to be put in on the disk which I am doing. The disk reads fine in my Mac classic but the problem is the system can never figure out what kind of file it is I am trying to run so it will never run the program or game disk image. I know you have to unzip the disk image with Suffit first and then it usually becomes a .sea file or just a raw file. I then take the unzipped .sea file and put in in the folder created on the floppy formatted for Mac. When I go to try to run the .sea file or raw file on my Mac it reads the disk fine but the file is always an unknown extension and it can never find the program to run the file. Please let me know what to do I really want to get some software on my Classic. Also where is the best place to find B & W disk images for the Classic and what file extensions can it instantly read if I put them on a mac formatted disk because I can't seem to get it to run any of the extension that I keep reading are Mac format.
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There are two solutions: 1

There are two solutions:

1.) If you have System 7 or newer, drag the file on top of the StuffIt Expander icon. (I keep an alias on the desktop for this purpose)

2.) Or, launch Stuffit Expander, then use the open dialog box to navigate to the file and unstuff it.

The thing you have to remember about file extensions is that they are meaningless on the Mac (until OS X, that is.) Instead, files have a 4-character type and creator code which identifies the file's type (such as JPEG, Text file, or StuffIt file) and original application which will open the file.

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Macintosh files can contain e

Macintosh files can contain extra data that identifies what type of file it is (ie program, data file, which program created it, etc.)

Since Windows doesn't use this information, it's lost when the files are extracted on a PC. That's why your Mac doesn't know what the files are.

What I would try (as suggested above) is to transfer the downloaded file to your Mac, then use a Mac version of Stuffit Expander to extract the files in their natural habitat.

What are the downloaded files originally? You only mention they're .sea or raw once extracted. There are archive types of .hqx and .bin specifically designed to allow transfer of Mac files across different OSs, which, once extracted again on a Mac will retain their original filetype/creator codes.

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Ok But Here's The Next Problem..How Do I Get Stuffit On My Mac??

Ok I can understand that when I unstuff Mac files on Windows with Stuffit the file's extensions are lost resulting in them not reading on my Mac Classic but here's my next problem..How am I going to get a working copy of Stuffit onto my Mac if the Suffit program extension will be lost and not ble to be read to install on my Mac? I'm a newb to the Macs so specific instructions work best for me(= What version of Stuffit is best for running on a Classic with OS 7.5.3 and where can I download the version of Stuffit I need, and also how do I get the install file for Stuffit to read on my Mac? I know how to format a disk on my PC for Mac and ad files I just keep losing the files extensions when they are unpacked so I don't know how to get Stuffit on my Mac. I believe I tried it once and the system didn't know what kind of file it was and couldn't install. To answer one of the questions about what was the file I originally downloaded. One was a game as an .hqx file. I unstuffed it with Stuffit on Windows but just as you guys pointed out. When Stuffit unpacks the .hqx files: program/sound and other files needed for the game on Mac, it leaves off all of the files extensions resulting in the files not being able to be read on the Mac I'm assuming. Please let me know what I need to do to get a working copy of Stuffit on my Mac and where to find it.
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Since all of the new threads

Since all of the new threads you've created today are related, I've gone ahead and unpublished the threads that ask the same questions you've asked here. Let's try to keep the conversation going in just one thread, as it'll be much easier to keep track of that way, OK?

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I wish I could be of more hel

I wish I could be of more help but I can't remember exactly how to do this but it can be done. I put stuffit on a floppy as a self extracting archive (which I thought was what .sea meant) and it worked. I did this well over a year ago but don't remember how.

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A Silly Question ....

Sorry for the triple post.

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A Silly Question ....

Sorry for the triple post.

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A Silly Question ....

Why isn't it this simple ....?
1] DownLoad System 6-compatible software onto a floppydisk -- a game from Macintosh Garden, let's say.
2] Run it on a boxmac.

And here's the place to get all B & W Macintosh software -- Games, Apps, etc. -- on the InterNet > Free B & W Macintosh SoftWare

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