I wanted to ask some questions on how hard/easy it is to convert apple IIe disk images back to real floppies. I've seen some posts that describe a few methods, but I wanted to ask about these other concepts that might exist. I've seen similar methods for other classic systems, and I'm hoping to determine which is the easiest, fastest and most affordable way to do it on an Apple IIe.
1. A special cable that hooks up to the Apple IIe disk drive and connects to a PC serial port so images could be tranfered back to disk via a program on your PC. This exists for the Commodore 64 and Atari 8-bit systems, so I am wondering if something similar is available on the Apple IIe. If so, what equipment (cable, software, etc...) do I need to get?
2. Convert the images back to floppy on an old 486 MS-DOS PC? There is a program for the PC that allows you to convert Commodore 1581 images back to 720k floppy disks for use on a real 1581 drive. Is there means to do something similar where you'd put a blank 5.25 disk into the PC floppy drive and then run a program on the PC where it would take the contents of an Apple IIe image and successfully convert it back to the 5.25 disk for use on an Apple IIe system? If so, what software do I need to do that, and is there any other info I might need to be aware of?
3. Converting images to disk via a CF card adapter on a real Apple IIe. I know there is that adapter card that lets you use a CF card as a hard drive inside a real Apple IIe. There is a similar item for the Commodore 64. On the Commodore system you could copy your images to the MMC memory stick, when the memory stick is connected to your modern PC and then plug it into the MMC adapter that connects to the C64. You could then transfer the images directly on the C64 from the memory stick to the blank 5.25 disk in the Commodore 1541 disk drive. Is this type of transfer possible on an Apple IIe with the CF card adapter that has recently been released? If so, is there a program that is also needed to convert the Apple images off the CF card and back onto the 5.25 disk?
4. Using a MAC. I have a Mac Color Classic II with Mystic Upgrade and the Apple IIe emulator board that was made way back when. It allows me to hook up Apple IIe floppy drives to my MAC and use Apple IIe software on the MAC. Is there someway to transfer images back to floppy using this method?
Well, I think that covers all the possible methods I've seen for image transfer on other systems. I'm hoping the above might be possible on an Apple system. Numbers 2 and 3 would seem to be the easiest and fastest if those methods are possible. Let me know please.