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Need help with Installation of SCSI2SD

Hi All, I really do hope to contribute here besides my constant questions...
I purchased and received a Michael McCaster SCSI2SD board. I also have a
2 gig SD card. I spent a good amount of time searching for How To's and software
needed and mostly what I got was a hodge podge of necessary steps and software
mostly related to emulation. So again I am asking for some way forward to get
this done. Saw a forum where someone said they installed a pre configured img
file that then booted his SE which he got from Linux. It was 3 years ago and left no path to find
it.
Appreciate all the help...

Brad Hansen

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What machine are you going to use it in?
You also need an OSX machine to set up the SD card and board.

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Hi Sorry, I want to install it in a Mac SE. I have at least 7 OS X machines in
my house, so I think I'm set there.

Thanks
Brad Hansen

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SCSI2SD is sure a good thing to choose.
There seem to be a few hardware layouts you can buy, so the USB connectors will vary.
From a short glance, the vital step to do is configuring the board via the USB port from OSX, as already written above.
The guy here wrote a nice how to - you sure found it already.

http://georgeharito.com/2014/05/scsi2sd-on-my-se30/

The board here has a 10pin USB connector soldered on, a matching usb adapter cable is needed.

scsi2sd_v6_02

Preparing and setting up the new Mac OS on SD via Basilisk II and a SCSI HBA sounds like a good idea, as it will save you from swapping 800k floppies with an unreliable/defunct floppy drive.
Another old Mac with SCSI port will serve for the same purpose obviously.

If design is not your main point, an external SCSI housing for the SD device may be preferable to swap the SD card. In theory OSX with 10.5 Leopard or lower should be able to write to a HFS formatted SD card unless some voodoo is done by the SCSI2SD adapter.

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24, thanks for all this. However this is not my board, my is a short board from Michael McManus.
No USB connector. I have found a disk.img that opened in Mini vMac program and I was able to
load program on it from my modern Mac. Question is how do I get it on my SD drive. Do I need to format
the Drive as HFS and then just copy the disk omg over.
Thanks
Brad Hansen

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Would you like to point us to the actual hardware and instructions you got?

You can write a disk image made in MiniVMac to SD (or any other device) with the dd command in Terminal on any OSX/macOS - thats the good news. The bad news is that dd is picky with the img container and I don´t have the time to sort that out again right now.
Maybe somebody else more familiar with the command line will chime in.

Basically it should work like this:
Create a suitable IMG ( 2 GB ? ) container for dd.
Mount it in MiniVMac and initialise it.
Install the OS for your SE and all needful things on it.
Write the IMG to SD-Card via dd.

If you plan to handle the SD device more than once, I would consider setting up Leopard 10.5 Server on one of your Macs in VMWare. Leopard was the last OS to write HFS from user land, as you may know.
That way you should be able to transfer files to and from your SE fairly easy.

Here is a rather short PCB with a micro USB connector at the bottom cut out. Not your´s either ?

SCSI2SD

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24, Thanks for taking the time for this. I appreciate the help. Basically this is my card.
Thanks,
Brad Hansen

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Great. Guessing right this time. Smile
https://www.ebay.com/itm/NEW-SCSI-2sd-3-5-50-pin-SCSI-AU-SD-Card-Adapter...

Shall I upload my VMWare instance running Leopard Server?
I did test-drive it on my Sierra notebook, so it should be good enough to go.
On the other hand, setting up Leopard Server from scratch should be done in half an hour or less...

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24, Thanks, I was trying to setup Tiger on my VMWare, but I had no idea how to do it
from the Shell. And that was all I got, don't know the shell commands to install it.
Brad

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Why not use the GUI?
Adding a new machine is pretty much straightforward methinks.

In general, Tiger Server should run fine in VMWare, just as Leopard Server does.
VMWare tools available don´t work with Tiger IIRC, so Leopard Server would be my first choice.
Installation media images for both of them are hosted at Macintoshgarden.
Mac OS X Server 10.4
Mac OS X Server 10.5

You will need VMWare Player 8 for Mac (or similar), which is a free download.
Registration at VMWare is needed though.
Some people reported problems installing Leopard Server on i5/i7 Macs in VMWare.
An old Core2Duo machine may be the safest bet, if you still got one.

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