Make OS 9 Installer boot off HDD ?

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YoshiFan111
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Make OS 9 Installer boot off HDD ?

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Hello,

So, i've recently took apart my old iMac G3's HDD... The point of this is that I want to see if I put the OS 9 Installer files on the HDD, will it boot off of it and be ready to install ???


(Also, I DO NOT own an OS 9 install CD)

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Re: Make OS 9 Installer boot off HDD ?

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It might boot, since the system folder is there... installing on the same drive as the installer might prove to be a bit harder though. It's been a while since I've done something like that :P

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Re: Make OS 9 Installer boot off HDD ?

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The installer doesn't like to be on read write disks, and will just shut down.

It would probably be easier to use Qemu to install 9.1 onto the disk
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Re: Make OS 9 Installer boot off HDD ?

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The installer doesn't like to be on read write disks, and will just shut down.
It's certainly true that the System on the install discs will refuse to boot on a read-write volume. However i'm not so sure about the installer itself. I've booted from read/write volumes before, and then ran the installer - however it was on a read-only disc image at the time.

The physical drive itself will need to be partitioned - Mac OS Classic requires that the hard drive have 'driver' and 'patch' partitions - and these are difficult to create outside of a Mac OS environment.

So you probably would be better off attaching the drive to your PC, and attaching it to QEMU as a raw disk. Then booting from the OS9 CD or ISO and initialising the drive with 'Drive Setup'.

This is how I would do it on Linux:

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qemu-system-ppc -L pc-bios -boot c -M mac99 -m 512 \
	-drive format=raw,file=/dev/sdb,index=0,media=disk \
	-drive format=raw,file=/dev/sr0,index=2,media=cdrom \
	-netdev user,id=mynet0 \
	-device sungem,netdev=mynet0
Make sure you specify the correct drives! /dev/sdb in this example is the physical hard drive, and /dev/sr0 the optical drive. Use the 'lsblk' command to determine the correct device.

You can substitute /dev/sr0 for the full path to an ISO, cdr or toast file (which contains Mac OS 9 driver partitions) if you aren't using a physical CD.

You would also need to sudo chmod 666 /dev/sdb in the above example in order to run this command as a regular user.

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Re: Make OS 9 Installer boot off HDD ?

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Just saying, Mac OS installers don't like to be on RW hard drives.
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Wouldn't it be easier to burn a CD with the OS9 installer using an external program?
Though, if it was possible, I would use rbshep's guide.
Image Media Center for Windows XP requires you to purchase MCE edition. Or alternatively just get an unofficial hybrid of Pro and MCE.

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