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Fastback Plus

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Fastback_Plus_v3.0.1.hqx (762.67 KB)
MD5: a2e6d2ff0cbce94dc1bceb143bcfe5ac
For System 6.x - System 7.0 - 7.6
Emulation
This app works with: SheepShaver, Basilisk II,

Fastback Plus was powerful backup software in its day and is intended for backing up data to and from external media.

One of the most useful features of Fastback Plus was its ability to save large archives as segments across multiple units of media (such as floppy disks or magnetic tape). The segments could then be easily recombined using the Restore function. Fastback Plus also offered the ability to record macros for automated backups.

When first launched, the program creates a new folder called "Fastback Data Folder" in its parent directory. This folder is used by the program to store backup history files.

Command-clicking a menu option will open a help window with a description of the selection's function.

Fastback was eventually bought by Symantec, who included it in their Norton Utilities package for the Mac. It was redesigned and renamed "Norton Fastback" and carried a a new look and feel, as well as a new icon, jettisoning the famous big cat. The last major release of Norton Utilities to include Fastback was version 3.x. Following the purchase of Fastback by Symantec, packaging for Fastback Plus could be found adorned with a red sticker, proudly announcing its new owners.

Top DL: Disk 1, containing the application and a Read Me file.
2nd DL: Disk 2, containing the Fastback Plus Autostart control panel, a folder of sample macros, and ShowSCSI 1.0.1, a utility for displaying what devices are connected to the host computer via SCSI.

(v3.0.1)

System Requirements
• Macintosh Plus and newer
• 1 MB RAM, 128K ROM
• System 6.0.5 or higher, including SSW 7

See Also
Fastback 1.x ("Fastback For The Macintosh")
Fastback II

Compatibility
Architecture: 68k

The "Fastback Plus Autostart" control panel is not compatible with SSW 7 or later.

Comments

lilliputian's picture
by lilliputian - 2020, March 31 - 3:09am
5

Glad you got it to work! It's a handy dandy program.

MikeTomTom's picture
by MikeTomTom - 2020, March 30 - 10:27pm

- ROM: Performa 600 (1MB) https://www... - link to MR archived ROM collection

Which I believe they "borrowed" from here at the MG. If you had spent a little time using the search field above, you may have come across it.

The original Performa 600 has a 68030 CPU, but if the ROM is 1MB in size, then it can fill-in OK as a 68040 CPU under emulation.

The 68040 ROM with the best reputation for reliability in Basilisk II is the Quadra 650 ROM, but I think there are others that are just as good.

pinkelephant's picture
by pinkelephant - 2020, March 30 - 6:49pm

I was able to get the disk image to mount using Disk Copy 6 (thanks!). However, when I try to install Fastback in either OS 7.5.3 or 7.0.1 it either crashes basilisk or I get a message stating that an error of type 3 occurred. Would it matter with ROM I'm using?

EDIT: Got it!
I had to change a few setting in the Memory/Misc" tab in Basilisk. This is what worked for me:

-MacOS RAM size: 128 MB
- Mac Model ID: Quadra 900
- CPU Type: 68040
- ROM: Performa 600 (1MB) https://www.macintoshrepository.org/7038-all-macintosh-roms-68k-ppc-

lilliputian's picture
by lilliputian - 2020, March 27 - 1:46am
5

I just downloaded and tried them out. I'm able to mount them just fine in the latest version of Basilisk using Disk Copy 6. They also mount in Mini vMac for me. Not sure what could be the issue...

EDIT: That being said, I have 7.5.3 in Basilisk, and 7.1 in Mini vMac II. Perhaps the issue is SSW 7.0.1?

EDIT 2: If you're using HFS Explorer, you are on a windows machine, correct? Do you have a way of decoding hqx files and and unstuffing the resultant stuffit file? You may want to transfer the hqx file to the Basilisk environment first before trying to do anything with it.

pinkelephant's picture
by pinkelephant - 2020, March 25 - 2:29pm

Hi,
Thanks for the new upload. I tried the new disks on OS 7.0.1 emulated through Basilisk and when it tries to mount the disks I get this message: https://www.screencast.com/t/etjaZhB1.

In HFS Explorer I receive a message, saying that it is an invalid HFS type.

lilliputian's picture
by lilliputian - 2020, March 24 - 7:05pm
5

The archives appear to be corrupted. Let me re-do them.

EDIT: Try again now!

pinkelephant's picture
by pinkelephant - 2020, March 24 - 2:26pm

Has anyone had any success installing this program on Basilisk running an Os 7.5 system? When inspecting the disk image on FTK Imager I receive a message stating that there is not mountable file systems.

lilliputian's picture
by lilliputian - 2018, July 24 - 11:14pm
5

Recently acquired a new, never opened copy, so I've replaced my rescued copy (identical version number and creation date) with disk images obtained from the original media.

lilliputian's picture
by lilliputian - 2011, August 30 - 6:10am

I rescued this from my old PowerBook 540c. I was afraid it was lost forever, but then remembered it was on there. Had to get a USB floppy drive to get it off, but I think that it's an important little piece of history.