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Drive Setup 2.1 (2002)

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For Mac OS 9
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Drive Setup 2.1 (Mac OS 9.2 Utilities 1.1—June 2002)

In the wake of Steve Jobs holding a public “funeral” for Mac OS in mid 2002, Apple became furtive about it’s OS 9 releases. This was therefore snuck onto the market without any fanfare or documentation—the included Guide file was from 1998(!) so didn’t offer any idea what might be new in this version.

The following description (published in 2000) is from a 2002 OS 9 install CD:

“Drive Setup

Use the Drive Setup program provided with Mac OS 9 to update your disk driver or to reinitialize a disk. When you do initialize a disk all the contents of your disk are erased.
NOTE Earlier versions of Drive Setup can reintroduce problems resolved with this version of Drive Setup. You should throw away any earlier versions you have on your computer.

To update the disk driver with Drive Setup, follow these steps:

1. Open the Drive Setup program.
2. Click the disk whose driver you want to update.
3. Choose Update Driver from the Functions menu.

WARNING Turn off any disk protection software before using Drive Setup to update your disk driver.

IMPORTANT If the Update Driver command is dimmed, or if the disk name doesn't appear when you click the Drive button, either the disk is not supported by Drive Setup or it has been previously updated with a non-Apple utility.

• If the disk isn’t supported, check the instructions that came with your computer or disk to see if the manufacturer includes or recommends a disk utility, then use that utility to update the driver. To ensure a successful update, obtain the latest version of the utility.

• If you’ve updated or formatted the disk with a non-Apple utility, you’ll need to use that utility again to perform the update. To ensure a successful update, obtain the latest version of the utility.

NOTE After installing Mac OS 9, you cannot use the obsolete Apple HD SC Setup utility to initialize your hard disk. Use the current Drive Setup program supplied with Mac OS 9 instead. ”

Lack of documentation means I can’t offer the System Requirements for 2.1, other than it works with OS 9.2.2.

I’ll let other more technically inclined MG contributors elucidate how this one differs from the standard 2.0.7 release shipped with OS 9.2.
Let’s just say it’s not just a bug-fix release. I was very annoyed to get hold of this AFTER I’d purchased, installed and formatted for dual-boot a new HD this year.

Architecture: PPC

OS 9.2.2


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by Jatoba - 2020, April 6 - 5:16pm

Yup, but only with the versions I mentioned (and newer). One of those good things about Leo that Tiger didn't quite yet have (let alone anything pre-Tiger).

Though I think it's easier to repartition just the last partition. Otherwise, I think there would be problems. Gotta double-check that.

Gparted on GNU/Linux also works great, but is not as friendly for the everyday user.

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by SkyCapt - 2020, April 6 - 1:44pm

Are you sure the Disk Utility is non-destructive? I always thought their partitioning was as good as erasing.

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by Jatoba - 2020, April 6 - 9:25am

Disk Utility in Leo can also do that. Without a GUI, I think you can also do that on high-enough versions of Tiger with diskutil.

There are some great tools for GNU/Linux PPC, but that's a much-less-friendly approach.

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by SkyCapt - 2020, April 6 - 5:17am

This, certainly NOT. You could run "iPartition" in OS X against your 9-drive, even if you have to temporarily physically move the drive to another machine.

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by part12studios - 2020, April 6 - 4:16am

Hi there, would this software be something i could use to partition one partition without deleting another? i have a OS9 drive with 2 partitions. 20gb and 100gb.. i want to only split the 100gb into 2 more (total being 1. 20g 2. 20g. and 3 80gb). I'm hoping to find something like "partition magic" for OS9.

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by Jatoba - 2020, January 21 - 7:37am

@SkyCapt Hmm, under OS 9, it could be. I'll watch out for that.

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by scott Praed - 2020, January 21 - 7:19am

I buy Toshiba 4.7 TB and I mounted first and I reformat the drive with drive set 2.1 and drive set 2.1 will not read whole drive. It only read 2 TB on My G4 1.25Ghz mirror door 2003. If you on new mac the computer reads bigger drives but if on older computer will not read all of drive. Guess I am only read 2 TB on G4 but on G5 or newer it can read bigger drive in mac os 9.2.2.

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by SkyCapt - 2020, January 21 - 6:50am

@Jatoba, watch out for that. You'll most likely find that the bigger than 2TB drive reads and writes only up until 2TB have been written (2.2 TB in base10 drivespeak). Then it's all errors after that for anything newly written. I even have a silly worry that malware will search for bigger than 2TB drives and shuffle some blocks around to cause a premature crash.

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by Jatoba - 2020, January 21 - 4:54am

@scott Technically, you can use partitions bigger than 2 TB in OS 9.2.2 if they are accessed via AFP. I got a 4 TB drive on a G5 which I use directly from OS 9.2.2 on another Mac sometimes, and 9.2.2 reports the drive with the correct size (above 2 TB). It can use the drive just fine.

But yes, that aside, I haven't heard of anyone being able to use drives bigger than 2 TB. Definitely something I'll try someday.

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by scott Praed - 2020, January 21 - 4:25am

This version is already in my Power Mac G4 1.25 Ghz Mirror door 2003.
I buy Toshiba 4.7TB and I mounted first and I reformat the drive at 2TB. That is largest mac o s9.2.2 can read.
I confirm this. This version reads drives at large of 2TB in mac os 9.2.2.

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by Jatoba - 2020, January 21 - 12:00am

I have never seen a Drive Setup version between 1.9.2 and 2.1. Do we have them here somewhere?

Since I have never seen 2.0.7, I don't know how 2.1 differs, but I know how 1.9.2 and 2.1 differ from each other:
- 1.9.2 can format FireWire drives;
- 2.1 can recognize drives bigger than 128 GB as having more than 128 GB.

I always format/partition my drives via CLI diskutil on OS X, though, with OS 9 drivers.

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by IIGS_User - 2011, November 7 - 6:55pm

Thanks, Xeter, then I think It's OK.

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by Protocol 7 - 2011, November 7 - 6:00pm

Any idea what improvements it has over 2.0.7? From a quick look I can't see any difference.

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by xeter - 2011, November 8 - 2:27am

It was only part of "standard system installation" from mid 2002, and was only released to the public on system-specific install discs (i.e. you had to buy a new Mac to get it) and only for a short period, before Apple stopped shipping OS 9 Classic installs with OS X.
Since it is of benefit to all users of OS 9 on real machines, and since I did a Google search and found that of those who knew it existed many didn't know where to find it, I thought I'd put it up in an easily locatable place.

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by IIGS_User - 2011, November 4 - 6:09pm

Is not that part of standard system installation, so redundantly?