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10.3: Disk Utility installs OS 9 drivers by default Apps
In addition to rolling in Disk Copy's functions, Disk Utility now handles OS 9 drivers more seamlessly.

In Jaguar and previous OS X systems, Disk Utility had a checkbox to "Install OS 9 Driver" when formatting a new hard drive. It was a tricky one -- because it only was checkable when you clicked on the HARD DRIVE MECHANISM name (and not the VOLUME name, where the checkbox was greyed.)

If you formatted the drive without this option checked, you'd never be able to use that drive on an OS 9 system... particularly inconvenient on an external hard drive that might connect to many Macs as your travel. I have a client who didn't check this box when formatting a new OS X Server on an older G4 that *used* to be capable of booting into OS 9 (which often proved helpful when troubleshooting) -- and now they can't. The internal hard drive has no OS 9 driver. In order to fix this, they'd have to back everything up and reformat -- this time being sure to check that checkbox.

In Panther's new Disk Utility, this checkbox isn't there. I formatted an external FireWire drive with it, and was still able to use the drive on an OS 9 System. So presumably the backwards-compatibility of an OS 9 driver is now included by default.
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10.3: Disk Utility installs OS 9 drivers by default
Authored by: DavidRavenMoon on Nov 26, '03 02:32:51PM
Apparently this is only true of certain model Macs.

From MacInTouch:
"According to Apple, the check box for installing OS 9 drivers appears only when the machine on which Disk Utlity is running supports OS 9 booting. If you cannot boot the machine in OS 9, there is no option to install OS 9 drivers on any disk, internal or external."

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10.3: Disk Utility installs OS 9 drivers by default
Authored by: defpo on Nov 26, '03 02:44:40PM

This is not true. I just installed 10.3 on a 15" 667 PB, and there was indeed a check box to install OS9 drivers or not.



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10.3: Disk Utility installs OS 9 drivers by default
Authored by: GoobleyGook on Nov 26, '03 08:04:15PM

Yes, it is true. The PB 667 supports booting into 9. If your machine does not support booting into 9 the checkbox does not appear. Like in these Macs:

These Macintosh computers only start up in Mac OS X:
PowerBook G4 (12-inch)
PowerBook G4 (15-inch FW 800)
PowerBook G4 (17-inch)
Power Mac G4 (FW 800)
Power Mac G5
iBook G4 and iBook G4 (14-inch)
iMac (Flat Panel) with serial numbers of xx303xxxxxx or later
iMac (17-inch 1 GHz) and later models of iMac
eMac (ATI Graphics) most models



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Only present for Macs that can boot into OS 9
Authored by: kirkmc on Nov 26, '03 02:46:30PM

Curiously, my new G4 iBook, which I immediately partitioned when receiving it today, offered me that opportunity. Yet I can't select it in the Startup Disk pref pane, even though the System Folder is blessed (it has a 9 icon).



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10.3: Disk Utility installs OS 9 drivers by default
Authored by: simpleton2 on Jun 13, '04 05:38:02PM

I have a powerbook hard drive formatted for 10.3 (without OS9 drivers), can I re-format it (down grade the formatting) using 10.2.8's disk utility instead and select the box with OS 9 drivers?

Trying to get my Powerbook G3 Wallstreet to "see" the bare drive when installed internally.

TIA



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10.3: Disk Utility installs OS 9 drivers by default
Authored by: simpleton2 on Jun 16, '04 05:00:31PM

**** Never mind, I solved this myself ****

I put the pwbk hd in an external usb case and connected it to an iMac G4 running Jaguar (not panther). I reformatted the drive (making sure the "include OS 9 drivers" was checked), then I put the drive back into my Wallstreet Pwbk and booted up off an OS 9.2 install cd and the drive mounted no problem.

Hope this helps somebody else.

For some reason it appeared that my Wallstreet Powerbook just would not recognize a bare drive formatted with Panther (go figure).



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