I'd like to share what I thought was a pretty good find from eBay! Found a listing for a Macintosh SE / Superdrive. Now, I have a base SE, but of course you're pretty limited with what you can do without the ability to use 1.44 disks. Anyway, the buy it now price was 39.99.. I just happened to have 20 "eBay Bucks" so I pulled the trigger, and for around 20 bucks out of pocket picked it up.. now the waiting begins!
Few days later, it arrives via UPS. I unbox it, and found about what I expected. Needed some cleaning.. had alot of tape residue, random marks, etc, etc. and a very little yellowing on the top corner.. I spend about 45 minutes cleaning it up before I ever turned it on! Got it looking much better, but still needs some TLC.. Boot her up, and it's running system 6.0.8 with 4MB ram. Had alot of good programs installed. MS Works, Excel, a few shareware games.. and after that just the normal "old computer" stuff. Old files, databases, worker lists, etc. Now, is where the fun begins!
Using my iMac G3.. I boot up into OS9.. and I make myself set of system 7.5 (a note to anyone else that may do this in the future.. when formatting your "floppies" be sure to name them! Disk1, Disk2, etc! I left all mine untitled) Sure enough, the SE/SD reads the disks no problems, and installed 7.5.. of course, after it was done reading the final disk.. it asked me to insert the disk named "untitled" (see above!) I took a guess, and inserted disk 1.. sure enough, that's what it was apparently asking for.
When all was said and done.. I had a SE/SD loaded with System 7.5. Have it sitting next to my base SE.. thought about (after a suggestion from a friend!) using the SE/SD to make a copy of 7.5 for the base machine.. but honestly.. ATM I don't have enough 3.5s to make a copy for a 800k drive. Maybe one day!
Wouldn't mind adding a SE/30 to my collection, but so far they've all been out of my price range. Maybe one day!