Apple SuperDrive


At A Glance

The Apple SuperDrive was a floppy disk drive that offered high-capacity storage to owners of Macintosh and Apple II personal computers. Using high-density, double-sided 3.5-inch floppy disks, the Apple SuperDrive offered twice the storage capacity of standard 800K disk drives. It also enabled exchange of information between Macintosh and MS-DOS, OS/2, and ProDOS systems. Read the original specifications of the Apple SuperDrive at the Apple Support site.

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Original Specifications

  • Capacity:
    • 1.4MB of storage for most Macintosh and Apple II computers — almost twice the capacity available from 800K disks
    • 800K of storage for Macintosh Plus and Apple IIc Plus computers, as well as Apple IIGS computers that aren’t equipped with the Apple II 3.5 Controller Card
  • Flexibility:
    • Can read from and write to 400K, 800K, and 1.4MB disks on a Macintosh computer and 800K and 1.4MB disks on an Apple II computer.
    • Allows you to work on your Macintosh with files stored on MS-DOS, OS/2, or ProDOS disks using the Apple File Exchange utility or third-party translators
  • Ease of Use:
    • Plug-and-play simplicity with any Macintosh or Apple II computer
    • Automatic formatting to correct disk capacity


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