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Apple System Software Recovery CD 2

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SysRecovery2CD_Dec00.ZIP (538.67 MB)
MD5: b9df449802e1b787f2e4ed43a8dd595a
For Mac OS 8 - 8.1 - Mac OS 9
This app works with: SheepShaver, Basilisk II,

This is Apple System Recovery 2 disc. This CD includes the system software for all G3-based Macintosh computers & iMac computers such as Mac OS 8-8.6 and applications.
This disc has the bootable volume, Mac OS 8.6, and works fine for Power Macintosh computers, all G3-based Macintosh computers and iMac computers as well for the Mac OS emulators.

NOTE: It's not possible to use and boot this on iMac Slot Loading, PowerBook (Firewire), iBook, and Power Mac G4 because Apple has confirmed the installers are not available in this CD set.

The top download link above is the September 2000 release of Apple System Software Recovery 2 CD-ROM ".toast" image, compressed with zip. However, this disc is for evaluation purposes only as this disc is the part of the AppleCare Support Professional Tools.
MD5 Checksum & Filename: B9DF449802E1B787F2E4ED43A8DD595A *SysRecovery2CD_Dec00.ZIP

From the readme:

Apple System Software Recovery 2 CD
For Power Macintosh G3 and iMac

Will Start Up:
All Power Macintosh G3 and iMac computers introduced before July 1999. It will not start up iMac (Slot Loading), iBook, PowerBook (FireWire), or Power Macintosh G4 computers. The System Folder on this CD is based on Mac OS 8.6.

Contains System Software Installations for:
All Power Macintosh G3 and iMac computers introduced before July 1999, Mac OS 8.0 through 8.6. It does not contain System Software installations for iMac (Slot Loading), iBook, PowerBook (FireWire), or Power Macintosh G4 computers.

Architecture: 68k PPC


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by supernova777 - 2014, September 27 - 9:03am

if, like me, you were hoping to install 8.6 from this cd for a powermac g4 AGP
the software is not included on this cd.. instead theres a note from apple apologizing and mentioning they look forward to including it on the next release of this recovery series

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by hunydo - 2011, December 13 - 9:40pm

24bit, thanks--will keep looking...

24bit's picture
by 24bit - 2011, December 13 - 9:20pm

hunydo, If I recall right, OS9 is on Reovery3, which seems to be a plain OS9 retail disk.

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by hunydo - 2011, December 13 - 8:06pm

Can I use this disk to re-bless a hard-drive on my Lombard G3 400 mhz? If not, is there an operating system download that would work? The computer is currently running os 9.2.2 and when it turns on I get the blinking folder icon. When I hold down the d key to force it to boot to hard drive it does not. The computer was booting just fine until I tried to boot from a cd, now it will not boot to the hard drive.

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by xy - 2011, January 25 - 6:37pm

Burning with the same procedure on a 1x - 48x Sony CD worked! CD boots perfectly and smoothly now.

So, if any of you has a Powerbook G3 Lombard 333 Mhz Rev 2.1 don't burn on 1x to 52x CDs! The internal drive seems to be too weak for booting with those CDs. Why this is so I do not know, but I have noticed before that even on one of my heavily loaded font backup CDs this drive almost breaks down to a point that I cannot copy from this drive any fonts to my hard drive. I have to use an external drive for this.

This seems to be true for the earliest Lombards. The later ones (even the 333 Mhz ones) had a higher Rev CPU version and maybe better CD drives. They were able to boot Mac OS 10.3, whereas the very first Lombards could boot Mac OS X 10.2 only. The even more later ones had DVD drives.

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by xy - 2011, January 22 - 10:20pm

I found out something else worth considering: Normally I use Sony CDs which accept burning speeds up to 48x. Because I ran out of them I used a CD which accepts speeds up to 52x. I did burn the newly decompressed and this time locked and not mounted image and then tried to boot the CD.

The booting stopped right after showing the smiling Mac icon, possibly because the internal CD drive of my G3 333 Mhz was too weak? This of course is important to know in respect of a G3 recovery CD. I haven't had this problem with an up to 48x speed CD. I will try again with a 48x speed CD next week when shops are open again.

Has anyone experience with G3s and up to 52x speed CDs? Up to 48x CDs are sold more and more rarely. This would be another attempt by computer companies to make old hardware useless (like not writing printer drivers for Mac OS 9).

P.S. For burning with my old G3 I use an old external Freecom 4x CD USB 1.0 burner. Great, big, solid and very silent.

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by Protocol 7 - 2011, January 22 - 2:08pm

Yep, you can't have an image mounted when burning, or it will be modified. Something else to try is to lock the image after extracting it. I don't think Toast would be modifying it when burning, but it's worth doing anyway. Assuming the image itself isn't already corrupt.

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by xy - 2011, January 22 - 12:00pm

On the MKLinux website are some tips how to burn a bootable CD. Among other things it says that one may not mount a disk image before burning it onto a CD:

Maybe this is the problem here too. I haven't had time to test this yet, though.

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by xy - 2011, January 17 - 10:09pm

If have checked the Toast image of the Recovery CD: The Desktop Folder including all Desktop files IS THERE! The weird thing, however, is that on the CD burned from this image the Desktop folder is gone!!! - Only the desktop files which are normally in the folder are there!

I do not know what happened during the burning process. I not only burned the Apple Mac Test Pro image with the Mac OS 9.0.2 boot CD sucessfully with Toast 5.2.3 but now also a Mac OS 9.2.2 eMacs image Bolkonskji uploaded some time ago in a discussion (great upload, B.). The resulting Mac OS 9.2.2 eMacs CD boots fine, and the Desktop folder is there.

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by xy - 2011, January 17 - 4:32pm

Thanks al lot, Protocol 7. So again, a Windows device to solve a Mac problem! It used to be vice versa in the good old times...

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by Protocol 7 - 2011, January 17 - 3:30pm

I think the desktop folder error is caused when the disc is still mounted on the desktop when imaged. All the Rhapsody DR2 PPC images on the net suffer the same problem.

The fix is to create a new folder called "Desktop Folder". The Mac OS won't let you do this, so I used TransMac (a Windows program) to open the iso and create the folder. You could probably do this from linux too.

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by xy - 2011, January 17 - 2:01pm

I have tested the CD on a Powerbook G3 Series (Bronze) Lombard 333 Mhz:

I burnt it with Toast 5.2.3. The burned CD booted fine, but at the end of the boot suddenly a message came saying:

"Sorry, the desktop folder on the startup disk could not be created. Try unlocking the disk."

After clicking 'OK' the computer rebooted with my Hard Drive (on which is Mac OS 9.2.2).

This is weird since the Lombard is a perfect match for the Recovery CD.

The problem can neither be with Toast nor with my Computer since I did the same test with the appropriate Apple Mac Test Pro 9.0.2 system image ( which I burned with the same procedure on the same computer, and it booted just fine!

Also, my own 9.1 CD boots just fine.

I made a Google search with the sentence "the desktop folder on the ....."

The result was quite meager; this problem seems to occur sometimes but nobody on the web so far provided a satisfying answer.

Konpon96 had the same problem with the Mac OS X Server image:

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by Fortuna Wave - 2010, November 25 - 3:55pm

Galane has the same CD above, except Galane has the May 1999 version part number 691-2362-A, the contents of the Galane's CD different than the February 2000 and May 2000 one. Galane's one lacks PowerMac G4 stuff, Mac OS 9 and some newer updates, but some items did not appear in the February 2000 and May 2000 one.

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by Fortuna Wave - 2010, January 5 - 1:47am

Yep, the toast file it same as of the .iso file.

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by OSX2000 - 2010, January 5 - 12:05am

I've updated the description to reflect that it's a stuffed .toast image, not a zipped .iso.