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VCP Formatter 4.5

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[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us [mirror].de
vcp_formatter_boot-image.zip (548.22 KB)
MD5: fb43a49ced773a808e0e4381d09d86ef
For System 6.x - Mac OS 9
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[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us [mirror].de
vpc.image_.sit (562.53 KB)
MD5: 97114c31e8b0ffd2276a8738f91eab48
For System 6.x - Mac OS 9
Emulation
Guides on emulating older applications

VCP Formatter is an application that installs a SCSI driver onto most any SCSI-based storage device, including hard disks, optical, Floptical™, and removable media devices. VCP Formatter creates up to 99 SCSI partitions and has a control panel which allows the user to choose partition options without entering the application. It also features a convenient graphical interface for viewing and editing the partitions of your SCSI devices. Extensive analysis tools detect drive or media defects before data loss and system errors occur. A complete benchmarking suite tests device performance. The SCSI driver can detect a device being accidentally disconnected or turned off and will wait for it before trying again. (Adapted from the product description)

Other features include: Support for removables and does not need an extension (INIT) for removables; 50 Selectable partition icons with dynamically displayed SCSI ID number; block level device to device copy utility, and partition copier; archival utilities for backing up partitions to files; contains a utility to copy files and folders 2 to 3 times faster than the Finder; supports "cartridge-to-cartridge" copy in the Finder similar to floppies.

The professional version of VCP Formatter is Apollyonics SCSI Director. The upload is a Disk Copy 4.2 image of the VCP Formatter boot disk (System 6.0.8) compressed with MacZip (use the same to uncompress). The boot disk contains a specially written MicroFinder to replace the Finder, in order to get everything on an 800K floppy. I think the version number 4.5 refers to the version of the SCSI driver. The version of the actual Formatter application is 2.1.1.

See also: SCSI Director Pro 2.x

Compatibility
Architecture: 68k

Although the disk will only boot on Macs that can run System 6.0.8, I have verified that the VCP Formatter application will start up using Mac OS 7 (on 68040 CPU) and Mac OS 9.

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MikeTomTom's picture
by MikeTomTom - 2020, August 3 - 12:47am

For example the description refers to a control panel, but I cannot find it.

I had 1st thought it might refer to the "Startup Device" file (which is itself a Control Panel)... but then I read the fine manual to discover the Control Panel it refers to is called the "VCP Assistant", and it is indeed missing. - "The control panel, VCP Assistant, allows you to configure the various partition options such as password-protect, manual mount, read-only, disable finder eject, and make boot partition. It is a separate file delivered with the main application program."

The doc goes on to say; "You may also perform the exact same operations by using the "Configure Partitions..." command in the "Setup" menu while inside the VCP Formatter application." - So it's not vital to the performance of VPC Formatter itself, but I guess it would be nice to have, to complete the set.

I thought that even 4.2 images made with Disk Copy 6 could omit certain information, and that the actual Disk Copy 4.2 application was preferred for imaging floppy disks.

I've had to revise my own thoughts on this, mrdav (referring to the "Disk Copy for images" topic here). Balrog got it wrong when he included 1.4MB disks, as they do not contain tag data, only 800k and 400k floppy media do. - I now think it's perfectly fine to use Disk Copy 6 (uncompressed mode) when archiving 1.4MB floppy media.

24bit's picture
by 24bit - 2012, January 29 - 1:55pm

mrdav, you are right, of course. There is nothing wrong with your upload.
I inflated your ZIP file with OSX and the result mislead me to assuming the image was created with Toast - my bad.
The disk may be rather useful for booting or setting up unsupported devices with vintage Macs.
The help files contain an excellent knowledge base about SCSI and Apple´s SCSI Manager too.

IIGS_User's picture
by IIGS_User - 2012, January 29 - 8:17am

I thought that even 4.2 images made with Disk Copy 6 could omit certain information, and that the actual Disk Copy 4.2 application was preferred for imaging floppy disks.

Other peoples said this, and I believe this could be true.
I think 4.2 works on real hardware only. If it would work within emulation, I'ld use it. Wink

mrdav's picture
by mrdav - 2012, January 29 - 1:30am

You will notice that I did use a Disk Copy 4.2 image as I stated in my description. I used the Disk Copy 4.2 application. However, it looks to me that you have used Disk Copy 6 and saved using the Disk Copy 4.2 option. I thought that even 4.2 images made with Disk Copy 6 could omit certain information, and that the actual Disk Copy 4.2 application was preferred for imaging floppy disks.

24bit's picture
by 24bit - 2012, January 28 - 4:11pm

Hope you dont mind me adding a second DL made from your upload:
DC4.2 image compressed with Stuffit3.6.
Best save your 800k disks as DiskCopy 4.2 images, to preserve as much as possible from the original. Something may be written into the bootsector, for example.

mrdav's picture
by mrdav - 2012, January 28 - 7:09am

I suspect that the boot disk is only part of the original distribution which unfortunately I don't have. For example the description refers to a control panel, but I cannot find it. Maybe it gets installed automatically when the SCSI driver is installed...or maybe not. I haven't put it to the test. Also I can find nothing on the internet about VCP Formatter (only SCSI Director). If anyone finds out anything more about this, or finds more of the distribution (if more ever existed), then please post here and upload accordingly.