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Drive Setup 2.1 (2002)

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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


IIGS_User's picture
by IIGS_User - 2011, November 7 - 6:55pm

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

Protocol 7's picture
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.

xeter's picture
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?