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FWB Hard Disk ToolKit 4.5.2

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hdt452.sit (4.95 MB)
MD5: 9f873a67cc6fa9b20fa3cab4f7692ba1
For Mac OS 8 - 8.1 - Mac OS 9
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FWBHDT452CD.ZIP (40.95 MB)
MD5: 61bba9f930a445237721a0b947140df7
For Mac OS 8 - 8.1 - Mac OS 9
Guides on emulating older applications

First download contains the utility only while the second download contains the installer, extras and a bootable Mac OS 8.5.1 volume.

This PowerPC-only utility is for formatting hard drives into partitions greater than 4 GB. There are many options to modify volumes "on the fly" without having to reinitialize your entire drive.

Note: Third party (FWB) drivers will be installed and the Apple Drivers will no longer be used for OS 8 & OS 9.

- Once HDT is installed, you set everything up (partitions etc) by launching HDT from the installed application.

- Since HDT is only for OS 8 and higher, if you have a partition for Mac OS 7 on your HD then you will still be using the Apple drivers for that partition. There will not be any conflict when using the different partitions with the different drivers.


Once HDT is installed on your main hard drive, if you still need to boot from your Zip Drive you'll need to update the drivers for each *individual* Zip disk that you wish to be bootable. If you don't update the drivers, the Zip disks are still recognized and fully useable, you just can't boot from them. Tip: You'll know when a Zip disk is updated with the FWB driver; when restarting it will eject. If you don't update the driver, and the Zip disk is in the drive when restarting, it will not eject from the drive.

Note about the CD Drive:

Unlike the Zip Drive, your CD-ROM will continue to function as before without any modifications. Therefore you will still be able to boot from a CD if needed.

Version 4.5.2 requires OS 8.0 and higher on the target hard drive.

What this application does:

Create Partitions:

Create New Volumes:

Resize/Delete Volumes:

FWB Drivers scan during startup:


Architecture: PPC


attentiondeficit's picture
by attentiondeficit - 2013, June 10 - 1:07pm

Here are some serial numbers, they worked for me:

contours's picture
by contours - 2013, April 17 - 4:11am

So what do we use for a serial number?

gramirez's picture
by gramirez - 2012, November 24 - 9:53pm

Needs serial

Protocol 7's picture
by Protocol 7 - 2012, June 5 - 5:42pm

I've upped the copy of 4.5.2 I had on my hard disk. I don't have a serial for it however.

IIGS_User's picture
by IIGS_User - 2012, June 5 - 3:31pm

Any chance to restore this one? I got a HDT CD-ROM recently, but its v2.5 "only", compared to this version.

Vitoarc's picture
by Vitoarc - 2010, October 22 - 8:30pm

Update: I've had FWB HDT drivers installed for several weeks now and have used my Mac every day, under various conditions (in Mac OS 7,8, & 9 partitions), with absolutely no problems. FWB works seamlessly. So far it has also performed flawlessly. I'm a very big fan of this software at this point. I'll report back If I find any problems with it.

NOTE: I'm also using FWB CD-ROM Toolkit
in conjunction with this software. Again, so far no problems.

Edit. Replaced 'xxx 7' with 'Mac OS 7' - IIGS User

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by Vitoarc - 2010, October 2 - 5:08am

For Power Macs, I recommend Drive Setup 1.7.3 regardless of System software version. This latest downloadable version is compatible back to Mac OS 7.1.2 on the NuBus Power Macs and up to 9.2.2 on the last Classic-booting eMacs.

And that's what I used *first*, Drive Setup 1.7.3. My issue with DS wasn't that it didn't recognize my drive, because it did, but it only allowed for 4GB maximum partitions. I wanted 5 partitions, which it allowed, but that only allocated 20 GB and left approximately 27 GB unallocated.

From what I've read, there's a patch to make DS *recognize* non Apple drives; I have not read where there is a patch to allow for partitions greater than 4 GB in Mac OS. If there is a patch for this somewhere, I'd be very interested in trying it.

FWIW, I dug really hard trying to find some reviews about HDT 4.5.2. I've come up with not a thing, not one positive nor one negative opinion. So I'll be the Guinea Pig here and will report back in a few weeks/months.

Edit. Replaced 'xxx 7' with 'Mac OS 7' - IIGS User

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by Vitoarc - 2010, October 1 - 10:41pm

Too late for me Balrog... I'll let you know how it goes. I was aware of the non Apple driver prior to install... and so far it's been working really well, but I've only had the new drive up and running for less than 24 hours.

I've not heard about a patched Drive Setup. I spent a lot of time researching drive setups recently and I haven't come across anything like that. I'm curious to say the least. Smile

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by Balrog - 2010, October 1 - 10:26pm

I don't recommend formatting drives with this, I instead recommend a patched Drive Setup.

Why? It installs a nonstandard hard disk driver which has caused me all sorts of issues.

Vitoarc's picture
by Vitoarc - 2010, October 2 - 4:13pm

This application is essential to anyone who has just replaced their original drive with a larger one, and wants to partition volumes greater than 4 GB. HDT 4.5.2 offers much more freedom and power to do what you want, much more so than Apple's Drive Setup.

Besides creating up to 20 volumes without the 4GB limit, you can make changes on the fly to any of your volumes without having to reinitialize your entire hard drive. You can have Mac Standard and Extended residing on the same HD along with many other volume options. Awesome program!

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by Euryale - 2009, October 13 - 8:45pm

Yes I remember the Apple clones because I actually my first scanner was a UMAX brand I bought
at FRY's, and it came with a catalog or their products offering Apple clones,
though I never saw one of these clones personally in stores.

IIGS_User's picture
by IIGS_User - 2009, October 13 - 8:39pm

since there were Apple clones, that means they were legally licensed (right?)

Yes, legally licensed.
Technically the same hardware system, including the original Mac OS.
And a bit cheaper in pricing.

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by Euryale - 2009, October 13 - 8:33pm

OK, that's reasonable answer.
since there were Apple clones, that means they were legally licensed (right?)
therefore they came with the same Mac OS as the originals, and use the same Install process,
including the Drive Setup, HD format utility.
also The Apple and the Clones used Off-the-shelve HD brands like Seagate, Quantumm, etc.
actually I've never seen an Apple brand HD
(I remember this 'cuz I had an Apple LC and my Performa and I opened them many times)
So the Apple utilities should've worked on Clones as well. and..

Oh well, Ok nevermind IIGS_User, I guess I'm tripping Smile

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by IIGS_User - 2009, October 13 - 3:35pm

While official Mac clones existed in the middle of the 90's, for example manufactured by Umax,
the Apple Disk Utility mostly formatted Apple-branded hard disks only, no luck with other hard disk drives often.

This is FWB's Hard Disk Toolkit created for. If the Apple-own utility doesn't format your hard disk, run FWB's.

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by Euryale - 2009, October 13 - 9:48am

I'm gonna try this one out but I'd like to know..
What's the difference between doing it with this tool and doing it with the ERASE DISK Command from the Finder, or the Drive Setup tool that comes with the OS?