This page contains a list of all the files that can be downloaded from my site for use with 68k Macintosh systems, specifically the bootable image files I’ve created for use with emulators, the SCSI2SD, the MacSD, the FloppyEMU, Zipdrives, Jaz Drives, Floppy drives and CDROM drives.
Latest Image files (2021/01/21)
If you’ve never used my bootable images, or don’t know the difference between a drive image or volume image them I suggest you read the rest of the page below before trying to use these files.
I only provide minimal bootable images for Systems 3.2, 4.1, 5.1, 6.0.8, 6.0.8L, 6.0.8P and 7.5.5, but I’m adding guides to my site for how you can install full versions of these and other versions up to System 8.1 using Apple’s Legacy Software Recovery CD and other sources on the internet. The Legacy CD includes installation files for Systems 3.2, 4.1, 5.0, 6.0.3, 6.0.5, 6.0.8, 7.0, 7.0.1, 7.1, 7.1.1, 7.1.2, 7.5, 7.5.1, 7.5.2, 7.5.3, 7.5.5, 7.6, 7.6.1, 8, and 8.1.
|Drive (2GB)||3.2 (32MB), 4.1, 5.1, 6.0.8, 6.0.8L1, 6.0.8P2, 7.5.53||Use with: Iomega Jaz, MacSD, SCSI2SD|
Use balenaEtcher or DD to write these files to the target media (media is reformatted as HFS)
Blanks: 32MB HFS, 100MB HFS, 1GB HFS. Use Basilisk II to copy files on to these.
|Volume (2GB)||3.2 (32MB), 4.1, 5.1, 6.0.8, 6.0.8L1, 6.0.8P2, 7.5.53||Use with: FloppyEMU HD20, MacSD|
These files can be copied to the target media (the target media is not reformatted as HFS).
Blanks: 32MB HFS, 2GB HFS and 32MB ProDOS. Use Basilisk II to copy files on to these.
|CDROM||7.5.5 (650MB)*||Use with: CD-ROM, MacSD|
|Floppy||6.0.8, 7.5.5||Use with: Floppy, FloppyEMU, MacSD|
- 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)
- My System 7.5.5 Drive, Volume and CD images: contain the applications listed in Section 3 below. I also suggest you download Apple’s Applications Recovery CD, Apple’s Legacy Software Recovery CD, Apple’s System Recovery CD from the internet archive. I use the applications found on my System 7.5.5 drive and partition images, and the Apple CDs for many of the guides found on this site.
- Choose what System software you want, you can read my blog entry for which System versions can be run on which Macintosh Computers
- Determine which type of image file you need to/want to use
- Review the contents of my images (last updated 2021/01/21)
- Add or remove content from my images using an emulator or some other tool
- Copy (Volume/Partition image) or Write (Drive image) to your target media
- Creating a drive image using an emulator, or from a physical disk
- Transfer files files to your running system
1. Choose System which System
I’ve written a separate blog entry that lists all of the different Macintosh 68k systems and which System versions they support. I currently only have a minimal version of the Macintosh System software (the Operating System) on all my images to prevent copyright infringement, but you can upgrade these to the full versions using files found on the internet archive. The only difference the images is which System is “blessed” as the startup system, all other files are the same and I’ve included a program called System Picker by Kevin Aitken on each of my images that allows you to select which System Folder is active (blessed) on restart.
You can edit my image files to add other System versions for booting on other systems, e.g. 7.6.x or 8.x, I think anything past 8.x would need to be formatted HFS+ and a newer driver than what I have in these images.
2. Image Files for booting you Macintosh
Through out my site I refer to my bootable image files as Drive images, Volume images, Floppy Images, or CD-ROM Images, depending on the tools you want to use to edit them with, or the devices you want to copy them on to. A description of each of these image types follows the table below.
2.1 Drive Image (Hard Drive or Removable Drive)
A Drive Image (Hard Drive or Removable Drive) contains a binary copy of the complete contents of an initialized drive including the drive’s boot driver and partition information in the first 48KB of the image file and one or more partitions/volumes (see 2.2). Example: Figure 1 is the contents of a Drive Image viewed in my patched version of HD SC Setup 7.3.5 in SoftMac. These files typically must be written as bits using balenaEtcher or DD or some other similar software. As part of writing these images, everything is erased on the target media and it is reformatted as HFS.
- Devices that use Drive Images: CD-ROM, SCSI2SD, Iomega Jaz, Iomega Zip and MacSD
- Devices that cannot use Drive Images: FloppyEMU
- Tools that can be used to edit these images: Basilisk II (but only for Drive Images with a single partition/volume), SoftMac
- Tools that can be used to create these images: SoftMac
2.2 Volume / Partition Image
A Volume or Partition Image (I’ve seen the term volume and partition used interchangeably) contains a binary copy of a single Macintosh volume or partition from a hard drive or removable drive. When most emulators refer to a hard drive file, a Partition/Volume Image is typically what they are actually referring to and support. These images lack both the boot sector, partition map and are used as a file stored on a drive, sd card, or other media. These files can be copied to the target media (the target media is not reformatted as HFS). As of 2020/12/30 my volume images are now 48KB smaller than my drive images, so you can use DD to easily convert them to a drive image (see section 2.2.2 below, 2GB drive image)
- Devices that use Volume Images: FloppyEMU, and MacSD support partition images.
- Devices that cannot use Volume Images: SCS2SD, Iomega Jaz, Iomega Zip
- Tools that can be used to edit these images: Basilisk II, HFVExplorer, SoftMac, Mini vMac
- Tools that can be used to create these images (pre-formatted HFS): Basilisk II, CiderPress, HFVExplorer, SoftMac
2.2.1 Converting a Drive image file in to one or more Volume/Partition images
You can manually copy files from one of my drive images to a volume image by mounting both under Basilisk II and copying between them, or you can use programs like DD to extract volume/partitions from a drive image to one or more separate files. Doing so can be tricky and requires that you know exactly where each partition/volume starts and ends in the drive image, I have a fairly complex example for how to do this in my entry for how I setup my LC475 with my SCSI2SD. For my drive images you can use the following commands to copy the volume/partition section of the drive image to a separate file:
|Image Size||DD commands (Windows Examples)|
|100 MB (Zip drive)||dd if=d:\OS_755_100MB.dsk of=d:\volume.dsk bs=49152 skip=1 –-progress|
Total image size: 94,371,840 bytes, need to skip the first 48KB
|1GB (Jaz drive, SCSISD)||dd if=d:\OS_755_1GB.dsk of=d:\volume.dsk bs=16384 skip=3 –-progress|
Total image size: 985,661,440 bytes, need to skip the first 48KB, and the block size must be a number that can divide both, so 16k.
|2GB (Jaz drive, SCSISD)||dd if=d:\OS_755_2GB.dsk of=d:\volume.dsk bs=16384 skip=3 –-progress|
Total image size: 1,971,322,880 need to skip the first 48k, and the block size must be a number that can divide both, so 16k.
2.2.2 Converting a Volume/Partition image back in to a drive image
You can manually copy files from one of my volume images to a drive image by mounting both under Basilisk II and copying between them, or you can use programs like DD to merge volume/partitions files back in to a drive image file. To do so can be tricky, I have a fairly complex example for how to do this in my entry for how I setup my LC475 with my SCSI2SD. For my drive images you can use the following commands to merge the volume/partition file back in to the drive image:
|Image Size||DD commands (Windows Examples)|
|100 MB (Zip drive)||dd of=d:\OS_755_100MB.dsk if=d:\volume.dsk bs=49152 seek=1 conv=notrunc –-progress|
Need to skip the first 48KB (seek 1, bs=48k)
|1GB (Jaz drive, SCSISD)||dd of=d:\OS_755_1GB.dsk if=d:\volume.dsk bs=49152 seek=1 conv=notrunc –-progress|
Need to skip the first 48KB (seek 1, bs=48k)
|2GB (Jaz drive, SCSISD)||dd of=d:\OS_755_2GB.dsk if=d:\volume.dsk bs=49152 seek=1 conv=notrunc –-progress|
Need to skip the first 48KB (seek 1, bs=48k)
2.3 Floppy Images
A floppy image contains a binary copy of the complete contents of a floppy disk. For a 68k Macintosh there are 3 sizes:
- 400k (single sided, single density, SS) for the 128k and 512k Macintosh
- 800k (double sided, single density, DS) for the 512k (with an external drive and enabler in ram), 512ke, Plus, SE (unless upgraded to SE FDHD), and Macintosh II (unless upgraded)
- 1440k (double sided, double density, HD) for the rest, you can use a modern USB 3.5 inch floppy drive to write a 1440k image files to a floppy to use with your 68k Macintosh, but NOT the 400k or 800k images :-(, you will need a pre-iMac Macintosh to create 400k or 800k floppies from image files.
Disk images can come in the following formats:
- RAW, this are exact binary copies of the contents of the floppy with no header information. You can tell if a file is a RAW image by its size: 400k, 800k or 1440k.
- DART format, this was mainly used internally to Apple and supported compression.
- Diskcopy 4.2 format, this is the most common format for SS and DS images, and often used for HD images , it adds a 1k header to the file, so the sizes are: 401k, 801k, 1441k.
- Diskcopy 6.3.3 format, requires System 7.0.1 or better, added support for creating self-mounting images.
- DiskDup format, can overcome mild forms of copy protection.
- ShrinkWrap format
2.4 CDROM Images
A CDROM image contains a binary copy of the complete contents of an CDROM disk, and may include a boot driver if the CDROM is bootable.
3. Contents of my images
(Updated 2021/01/21) This section lists the contents of my System 7.5.5 drive and partition images, see my blog entry on working with floppy disk image files to see their contents. I use to have more, but have removed any files that can be found on Apple’s Applications Recovery CD, Apple’s Legacy Software Recovery CD, or Apple’s System Recovery CD. See section 4 for information on how to copy applications of these images and/or CD on to the drive/partition image you plan to use with your system.
Note: * indicates applications that run under System 6.0.8
3.1 Other Systems
- The other systems folder allows you to copy multiple Systems on to the same image and then use System Picker by Kevin Aitken to select which System Folder is active (blessed) on restart, e.g. you can boot with 7.5.5 then switch to 6.0.8 to reduce the memory overhead.
3.2 Setup & Repair
- A patched version of HD SC Setup 7.3.5* for formatting your SCSI drive, device or equivalent once you’ve booted your Macintosh (patched to support non-Apple SCSI Drives)
- A patched version of:
- Burn 2.5 by Next Wave Software that allows you to fully erase deleted files. This can drastically improve the compression of drive images.
- Creator Changer 2.8.4 and Type Resolve 2.0.1 both let you change the file type association for files
- Lido 7.56* by Surfcity Software, an alternative utility for initializing and formatting drives.
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- Wish I Were v2.0 by Martin Blitz, allows your Macintosh to “pretend” to be another model, I used
- 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)
- SoftMac transfer utility, only for use under SoftMac emulator, used to transfer files between the host system and the emulator.
- MiniVMac transfer utilities, only for use under Mini VMac, used to transfer files between the host system and the emulator
3.3 Store & Mount
- DiskDup Pro 1.0.3* by Roger D. Bates for creating and mounting image files from floppy disks. The only application I’ve found so far that can mount disk images under System 6.
- 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)
- 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
- StuffIt Expander 5.5
3.4 Text & Doc Reader
- Adobe Reader v1.0* and v3.0.2 installers
- Apple DocViewer v.1.1.1
- SimpleText v1.1.1
3.5 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
3.6 Other Tools (non-network)
- GifConverter 2.4.3 can be used to convert the Flash-it .pic images to .gif files.
- Flash-it 3.0.2* by Nubu Toge for creating screen captures
- 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.
3.7 Network and Serial
- Asante Network Drivers:
- 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.
- iCab Pre2.9.9b
- MaxLynx B1
- MacWeb 1.00A3.2
- 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.
- Free PPP 1.0.5 and 2.6
- IPNetRouter for 68k and PPC
- 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
- InterSLIP 1.0.2.d2
- MacPPP 1.0, 1.1.3, 2.0.1, 2.1.1SD
- 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
4. Add or remove content from my images
The table below lists the different tools I’ve assessed and indicates if they can be used to edit drive and/or partition files. Personally I mainly use Basilisk II to edit my image files, and use DD to split larger drive images in to a set of partition images then merge them back together after I edit them.
- P: can read/write Partition files (also called Volume files)
- D: can read/write Drive files, D(1) indicates the software can only work with a drive file with a single partition
- I: can initialize new Drive files, these are files
- R: can read but not be used to add new files to an image
- E: can read and be used to add new files to the image (edit)
|Basilisk II||P, D(1), E||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|HFSExplorer||P, D, R||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|MAME||D, I, R||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Mini vMac||P, E||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|SoftMac||P, D, I, E||Yes||No||No|
|PCE / macplus||P, R||Yes||Yes||? (untested)|
5. Write to target media
6. Creating a drive image using an emulator, or from a physical disk
6.1 Creating a blank drive image
6.2 Creating a drive image from a physical disk
6.3 Initializing a drive file using an emulator
Using one of the emulators that can initialize drive files, and assuming you’ve used one of my image files as your boot drive for that emulator:
- Under Setup and Repair (was Utilities) folder you will find a copy of a patched version of HD SC setup 7.3.5 (Figure 2)
- Run HD SC setup 7.3.5 (Figure 3), SCSI Device 0 will be selected (Device 5 on MAME).
- Press the Drive button to select SCSI Device: 1 (or whichever Device you mounted your image under, likely Device 5 on MAME) (Figure 4)
- Press the initialize button to initialize the device, a warning message will appear (Figure 5), followed by a prompt to provide a name for the drive
- Press the partition button to partition your initialized drive.
- Wait, may take some time depending on the size of the image file (especially for MAME)
- Select custom (Figure 6)
- HD SC setup will show you the default partitions it set up when it initialized the drive (Figure 7).
- Remove/edit the partitions as you see fit. If you plan to use an Apple IIe card I’d suggest setting up two 32Meg ProDOS partitions. Remember that System software before 7.5 has a 2GB size limit for partitions.
7. Transfer files to your 68k Macintosh
This section assumes that your 68k Macintosh is up and running, likely with some form of internal or external storage device and you want to copy files between your modern system and your 68k Macintosh without using one of the options in section 4 above to directly edit a drive image or partition/volume image.
7.1 Null Modem Serial Connection
If you don’t have a network card or adapter, and don’t want to use removable media, one of the least expensive options for connecting your 68k Macintosh to your modern computers is a Null Modem Serial Cable and USB Adapter for about $45 USD. This will give you a true “vintage” experience, with dial-up like speeds:
- Zterm by David Alverson: X/Y/Z modem transfers, works on any 68k Macintosh running System 4.x or greater with at least 512k of memory
- Apple Remote Access (ARA ) 1.0 to 3.0.2: Supports AppleShare transfers, TCP/IP over AppleTalk, and for ARA 3.0.2, TCP/IP over over PPP
- ARA 1.0 on your 68k Macintosh and ARA 2.1 running on Basilisk II, for any 68k Macintosh running System 7.0 and at least 2MB of memory
- ARA 2.1 on your 68k Macintosh and on Basilisk II, for any 68k Macintosh running System 7.1 to 7.5.5 and at least 4MB of memory
- IPNetRouter 1.54: Combined with ARA 2.1 lets you connect your 68k Macintosh to the internet through Basilisk II using TCP/IP over AppleTalk
- IPNetRouter 1.54 and ARA 2.1 running on Basilisk II and your 68k Macintosh running ARA 2.1, for any 68k Macintosh running System 7.1 to 7.5.5 and at least 4MB of memory
7.2 Wifi Modem
I haven’t personally tested this yet, but others have.
- Windows 10 to a 68k Macintosh via FTP, using FileZilla FTP server on your Windows 10 PC and Fetch 2.1.2 by Dartmouth College on your 68k Macintosh with an attached WifiModem
7.3 SCSI to Ethernet / Ethernet Card
7.4 Removable Media / Emulated Storage
Using floppy drives, FloppyEMU, CD-ROMs, Zip Drives, Jaz Drives and other removable media to transfer files typically requires that you work with image files as described in section 1 above, although I think you can directly work with the contents of floppy drives in HFVExplorer.