Image Files for booting you Macintosh

Most of these are drive image files that must be raw-written (bit by bit) on to the target media, you cannot simply copy the files on to the target media (FloppyEmu is the exception).

These image files contain the minimal system files required to boot, once you’ve downloaded one of my images, you can upgrade to the full version of the system files by downloading what you need from the internet archive.

Before you select the image you want to install:

Additionally all images files, except the floppy files, contain numerous utilities to help you get started. A list of the included files follows the table below. (bytes)1 / Block count2 / Sector count3
Foppy (DS HD)608750
FloppyEMU608 2GB755 2GB
Iomega Zip608 100MB755_100MB 94,371,840 / 90
Iomega Jaz 1GB608_1GB755_1GB 985,661,440 / 940
Iomega Jaz 2GB608_2GB755_2GB1,971,322,880 / 1880
SCSI2SD608 1GB755_1GB985,661,440 / 940 / 19251204
SCSI2SD608_2GB 755_2GB1,971,322,880 / 1880 / 38502404
CD-ROM, Floppy, Partition and Disk images to get you started with your Classic Macintosh
  1. Size: Because manufacturing issues, the number of MB/GB your device says it can hold might not be the actual amount.   It could be a bit more, or a bit less.  I have two SD 4GB cards, one that has a capacity of 4,024,434,688 bytes, and another that has a capacity of 3,965,186,048 bytes. These images were purposely created to be smaller than the maximum stated capacity of the storage media to compensate for bad sectors and variations in storage capacity.
  2. Block Count: Used with DD: BS=1M count=## for extracting the first portion of your SD card to an image file to edit/update.
  3. Sector Count: Used in section 3 when configuring the size of your SCSI2SD drive(s).  The default sector size in SCSI SD is 512 bytes, the sector count is the size of the image file in bytes divided by the sector size.   If the sector size is NOT 512 bytes you’ll need to calculate this value for yourself.
  4. The SCSI2SD config files for the Macintosh Plus and everything else (other). In SCSI2SD-Util use “load file” to open these files (you’ll need to unzip first). These config files should work for v3/v4/v5/v5.1/v5.5 but may not work for v6.

Included files

Note: * indicates applications that run under System 6.0.8

  • Other Systems: the minimal system files for:
    • System 4.1: for use with a Mac 512K or 512Ke using the floppyEMU image, or a 512Ke that has been upgraded with a Dove MacSnap SCSI booting from a SCSI device.
    • System 6.0.8: the last system to run on 68k systems that only have 1MB of memory, supports the: Plus, SE, SE/30, Classic, Portable, II, IIx, IIcx, IIci, IIfx, IIsi, LC, LCII
    • System 6.0.8L: shipped on a limited run of computers for the Asia Pacific Market due to a delay in System 7 localization, supports the: Classic, Classic II, LC, LC II, Powerbook 100
    • System 6.0.8M: a community created release based on a 6.0.7 release created for Japan, supports the: powerbook 140, 145, 145B, 170 (perhaps more, let me know)
    • System 7.5.5: the last system that would run on all the 68k systems have at least 2MB of memory.
    • Note: you can add whatever System files you want to my images using the same approach I describe for upgrading to the full version using files from the internet archive.
    • Folder also includes: System Picker by Kevin Aitken that allows you to select which System Folder is active (blessed) on restart (so you can boot with 7.5.5 then switch to 6.0.8 to reduce the memory overhead)
  • Setup and Repair:
    • Lido 7.56* by Surfcity Software, an alternative utility for initializing and formatting drives.
    • Year 2040 *date patches for System 6.0.8, 7.0, and 7.1+ by Glen Anderson, fixes an issue with older Macintosh Systems that don’t allow for dates past 2019 (pushes the issue to 2040)
    • Disinfectant 3.7.1* by John Norstad a virus scan software for checking files you’ve been downloading off the web.  All files on this drive image have been scanned.
    • SCSIProbe 4.3 by Robert Polic will tell you the device type, vendor, product and version for any device connected to your SCSI bus.
    • TattleTech 2.59 and 2.17* by Decision Maker’s Software, Inc that provides detailed information on your system’s configuration.
    • Disk First Aid 7.2.2* by Apple a tool to verify and repair issues with your hard drive
    • ResEdit 2.1.3* lets you change creator/type codes
    • Wish I Were v2.0 by Martin Blitz, allows your Macintosh to “pretend” to be another model, I used this under Basilisk II to install applications specific to certain models.
    • Burn 2.5 by Next Wave Software that allows you to fully erase deleted files.  This can drastically improve the compression of drive images.
    • SoftMac transfer utility, only for use under SoftMac emulator, used to transfer files between the host system and the emulator.
  • Store / Mount:
    • Disk Copy 4.2* by Steve Christensen (for Apple) for creating image files from floppy disks, or writing images back to floppy disks
    • Disk Copy 6.3.2 from Apple for creating disk images, and mounting them under System 7 (doesn’t work under System 6)
    • DiskDup Pro 1.0.3* by Roger D. Bates for creating, writing and mounting disk images under System 6 (I had issues with some images not mounting trying to find out why)
    • Drop Disk by Mike Wiese and Chris Cotton that allows you to mount disk images created with Disk Copy or ShrinkWrap by dragging image on to Drop Disk’s icon)
    • RamDisk+ v3.2.4* by Roger D.Bates for creating a RamDisk, useful for working on Systems that don’t have a hard drive
    • ShrinkWrap Version 2.1 (last release before becoming an Aladdin product) by Chad Magendanz, for creating files that you can mount that emulate a floppy disk or hard disk.  I use this program to create 32MB ProDos image files that I can use to transport and backup the contents of my ProDos partitions I use with my Apple IIe card.
    • StuffIt 1.5.1* by Raymond Lau (the last shareware release before becoming an Aladdin product)
    • StuffIt Expander 4.0.2* and 5.5 by Aladdin Systems, for opening StuffIt and other archive files (.arc, .bzip, .bin, .cpt, .dd, .gz, .hqx, .lha, .img, .lhz, .pkg, .sea, .sit, .smi, .tar,  taz, .uu, .Z, .zip)
    • Virtual CD/DVD-ROM 1.0d3 by Mike TomTom allows you to mount a CD/DVD iso images (you’ll want to install the CD ROM extensions found in the Drivers (non-Network) folder
  • Text/Doc Readers
    • Adobe Reader v1.0* and v3.0.2 installers
    • Apple DocViewer v.1.1.1
    • SimpleText v1.1.1
    • TeachText*
  • File Transfer and Network Software/Drivers, note with the move to HTTPS for most websites the main use for network connectivity is now local file exchange
    • Asante EtherTalk Installer v5.6.1 August 1997 for Asante 10Mbps Ethernet products including NuBus cards, NetDock, LC II cards, LC III cards, MacCon-i LC cards, ComStot Cards, FriendlyNet PC (PCMCIO) cards and EN/SC SCSI Ethernet devices (once exception, the Asante 10 NIC PCI card has it’s own installer diskette). Device must be connected for the install to work.
    • AsanteFAST Installer v3.4 for 10/100 NuBus cards, can be installed without the device being connected.
    • Fetch 2.1.2* by Dartmouth College a very simple FTP client.  I use this and my Asanté EN/SC to move files to and from my Windows PC. Note you can buy Fetch 4.0.3 for use on System 7.
    • Internet Config 1.3* and 2.0.2 by Peter Lewis and Quinn centralizes a number of your Internet preferences, such as your email address and preferred Web browser
    • MacTCP 2.1 a patched version of the MacTCP 2.0.6 extension, the patch was created by Glenn Anderson, works on my Macintosh Plus with my Asante Desktop EN/SC
    • Network Installer 1.4.5 for System 6 and System 7.0 includes drivers for the Apple Ethernet NB Card, Apple EtherTalk NB Card, Apple Ethernet NB Twisted-Pair Card, Apple Ethernet LC Card, built-in Ethernet for Quadra 610/650/700/800/840AV/900/950 and Centris 610/650/660AV, Apple Ethernet LC Twisted-Pair Card, Apple Ethernet CS Twisted-Pair/Thin Coax/AAUI Card, TokenTalk NB Card, Token Ring 4/16 NB and Token Ring NB/c Card.
    • Open Transport 1.3, by Apple, 7.1 to 8.1, 68030 and 68040 processors, I personally don’t use this as it take more memory and resources that MacTCP 2.1
    • AppleShare Client 3.7.4.   Note: The installation of AppleShare Client 3.7.4 inhibits the use of Classic Networking in 7.5.3-7.5.5, because while ASC 3.7.4 is installed, OT 1.1.2 or later must be installed for it to be active. If you wish to use MacTCP in 7.5.3+, then do not install AS 3.7.4..
    • LaserWriter 8.5.1 updater, adds support for IP printing and installs the CFM-68k Runtime Enabler 4.0 required by Netscape Navigator 4.0 and some other software.
    • Netscape 2.02, 3.04, and 4.08 for the limited number of Websites not running HTTPS, you will want to disable JavaScript and style sheets.
  • Drivers (non-Network)
    • Apple IIe Card v2.2.2d1 the last release of the software for using an Apple IIe Card, includes a few utilities for using the card on a ProDOS formatted ShrinkWrap image file (the ProDos file extension will need to be installed first)
    • CD-ROM drivers for Apple CD-ROMs, NEC CD-ROMs and the generic CD-Sunrise v2.2c driver that will work with a variety of brands. Also includes extensions for reading CDs formatted with different file formats.
    • Iomega ZipTools v4.2* and v5.5.1, for use with Iomega Zip driver (you need to use 4.2 if you want to boot on the Macintosh Plus)
    • MIDI Management Tools 2.0.2, what I use with my MacMan MidiMac to connect to my modern PC that I use to emulate a MT-32 midi module.
    • Mode32 v7.5 fixes 32bit support for Macintosh SE/30, Macintosh II, Macintosh IIx, Macintosh IIcx, for System 7+
    • Optima 32 v.2.0.0*, same as Mode32 but for System 6
  • Other Tools:
    • Finder Options 1.0 by Rolf Braun let’s you edit hidden features of System 7+
    • PDFWriter 1.0 by Adobe, an extension let’s you “print” to PDF, you need to install Adobe Reader first, place in your extension folder for 7+, or system folder for 6, then use chooser to select it as your printer.


Links to blog entries that describe how I’ve customized my image files to provide additional functionality based on how I have configured a vintage Macintosh.

  1. Upgrading the minimal System files to the full version of System 6.0.8 or System 7.5.5
  2. Setting up my LC 475’s SD2SCSI to make it easier to update and backup

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