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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
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Fastback_Plus_v2.6.sit (374.03 KB)
MD5: 4f23ed847adf8e0c33f7936a35892774
For System 6.x - System 7.0 - 7.6
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 is its ability to spread large archives in multiple segments across several units of media (such as floppy disks, or magnetic tape). The segments can then be easily recombined using the "Restore" function. Fastback Plus also offers 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 for storing backup history files.

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

Fastback Plus is packaged on two disks, with disk 1 containing the application and a Read Me file, and disk 2 containing the Fastback Plus Autostart control panel, a folder of sample macros, as well as ShowSCSI (v1.0.1), a utility for displaying what devices are connected to the host computer via SCSI.

Fastback would eventually be 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. Immediately 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: v3.0.1 (November 1992)
2nd DL: v2.6 (October 1991)

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

Architecture: 68k

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

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


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by lilliputian - 2020, August 25 - 3:58am


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by krausjxotv - 2020, August 25 - 3:26am

It should be, that is the only version I have on diskette.

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by lilliputian - 2020, August 25 - 3:04am

Inspired by the addition of 2.6, I've scanned and cleaned up the manual cover for version 3.0.1.

@krausjxotv: Is the scan you added of your manual that of 2.6?

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by lilliputian - 2020, March 31 - 3:09am

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

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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.

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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)

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by lilliputian - 2020, March 27 - 1:46am

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.

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by pinkelephant - 2020, March 25 - 2:29pm

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:

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

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by lilliputian - 2020, March 24 - 7:05pm

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

EDIT: Try again now!

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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.

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by lilliputian - 2018, July 24 - 11:14pm

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.

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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.