Hello All! I recently picked up a Mac LC III curbside and it generally works great, and is running OS 7.1. I cleaned up the case and blew a bunch of duster inside (including floppy) to ensure it would work as well as possible.
The machine itself works great, but when I try to put in a floppy, it will ALWAYS ask me to format it. It sounds like I remember they are supposed to sound, and it ejects the disk properly. It will attempt to format but then after the second check say "initialization failed" and eject the disc.
I am wondering if:
-Its bad discs (only have one pack of mac disks right now, others up at my parents need to go grab)
-Its a bad drive (not repairiable, needs to be replaced)
-The drive needs to be properly cleaned with a cleaning kit, internal dirt/grime on the read mechanism is whats the issue
-I tried yet to be formatted one sided discs from my Atari ST and those also wouldn't format
-The discs I was using would read and format on my G3 Pismo, but then would crash the computer when I tried to eject them and then become corrupted.
What is your take and what should I do FIRST? Thanks in advance!!
Worst case scenario I do have an external 3.5 drive that I use with my IIgs I could always try..