Hello everyone. I'm afraid I'm at a roadblock in my relationship with the Apple II platform.
I have two Apple II systems that I have obtained. One is an Apple IIe, the other an Apple IIgs.
The Apple IIgs came with a 3rd-party Applied Engineering "AE HD+" floppy disk drive. It has the parallel-port style floppy disk connector which the Apple IIgs uses. One article (link) talks about how it can not be used a start-up disk for the Mac. I assume the Apple IIgs can use it as a start-up disk. Is this correct?
The Apple IIe does not have a floppy drive, but does come a Disk II interface card.
I do not have floppy disks with the operating systems for either system.
So at the moment I would love to get either of these systems working. I'm not sure which floppy drive I should buy for the IIe. Should I buy one with dual slots? Should I favor 3.5" or 5.25"? Is the Disk II interface card usable for all Apple-made drives I might encounter?
Is there any problem with the 3.5" AE HD+ for the Apple IIgs? Is it important to have a 5.25" drive for it too?
I really appreciate any help you all can give me. I am eager to join the Apple II community.