Drive Setup 1.7.3 and Earlier: Version History

This article details the version change history of Drive Setup version 1.7.3 and earlier.
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Drive Setup Changes for 1.7.3
This version provides improved reliability for Ultra ATA transfers on Power Macintosh G3 (Blue and White) computers.

Drive Setup Changes for 1.7.2
This version was posted to Apple Software Updates as a general release for Macintosh/Power Macintosh computers that can run system software 7.5 through Mac OS 8.5. Beginning with Drive Setup 1.7, the Low Level option for ATA drives was disabled, (Drive Setup does not low level format ATA hard drives). Although this option was disabled, users were able to still select this option. Drive Setup 1.7.2 now dims this option so it cannot be selected for ATA drives. This option can still be selected for Apple SCSI hard drives.

Drive Setup Changes for 1.7.1
This version shipped with some Power Macintosh G3 Blue & White computers to prevent an incorrect Mode Page issue that can occur with certain SCSI hard drives shipping in some Power Macintosh G3 Blue & White configurations.

Drive Setup Changes for 1.7
This version ships with the Power Macintosh G3 Blue & White computers, and the Strawberry, Lime, Tangerine, Grape and Blueberry iMac computers with Mac OS 8.5.1 and is only supported on these computers.

  • Support for ultra DMA transfers in new ATA driver version 3.20
  • Changes to update list of drives for ATAPI Zip and CD-ROM drives. When a user inserts media, the name of the volume is listed instead of Not Supported.
  • Low level format option for all ATA drives has been disabled. This test was not performing a low level format. This test instead wrote zeros and performed subsequent reads to verify drive calculated checksums on the written data. With the exception of the read portion, this test was the same as the write zeroes option. The combination of both tests and the larger capacity of drives Apple is shipping provides unnecessary redundancy at the expense of the user experience. Drive Setup users can achieve the same functionality by selecting the Zero all data initialization option before initializing the hard drive followed by the Test Disk... function under the Function menu.


Drive Setup Changes for 1.6.2
  • Changes made only to the Drive Setup application address a rare issue where the hard disk driver partition map can be improperly formatted. This would cause some 3rd party utilities to incorrectly report that block 0 is damaged or not allow the volume to mount. This version also ensures that two patches are always installed: the large volume support patch for Power Macintosh 6100, 7100 and 8100 computers which do not have large volume (2GB or larger) support in ROM, and the SCSI MESH patch for PCI Power Macintosh computers. This version does NOT install newer drivers than the drivers included with Drive Setup 1.6.1.

Drive Setup Changes for 1.6.1
  • Fixed a potential data transfer issue on the PowerBook 5300 and PowerBook 2300 operating in SCSI Disk Mode.

Drive Setup Changes for 1.6
  • Fixed a problem where ATA drives did not properly sleep.
  • Also fixed a problem where Media bay devices were not properly reported on PowerBooks.

Drive Setup Changes for 1.5
  • Support added for Power Macintosh G3 computers.
  • Updates ATA driver to v3.10. This new driver fixes a write cache issue on some Apple ATA (IDE) hard drives was disabled following a restart. This issue is NOT specific to any Macintosh or Power Macintosh computer and can affect any computer that has an ATA (IDE) hard drive.

Drive Setup Changes for 1.4
Note: Drive Setup 1.4 is included with Mac OS 8.1 Update.
  • Drive Setup 1.4 was tested with and supports Mac OS 8.1.
  • Supports the same CPUs as Drive Setup 1.3.x, and adds support for Desktop/Minitower G3 and PowerBook G3 computers.
  • Support for Mac OS Extended format.
  • Fixed an issue where a SCSI Zip drive would show up as a CD-ROM if a cartridge wasn't in the drive
  • Fixed an issue where a Micronet Premier MO 1300 drive would show up as 2 CD-ROM drives.

Drive Setup Changes for 1.3.1
  • Version 1.3.1 is only required by Apple computers that have an internal ATA (IDE) hard disk.
  • Installs the ATA (IDE) device driver version 3.07 if the computer includes an ATA (IDE) hard disk. The updated hard disk driver prevents a rare incident in which you may lose files on your hard disk or be unable to start up the computer using your hard disk. (If your computer is unable to start up, you see a flashing question mark on your screen.)

Drive Setup Changes for 1.3
  • Drive Setup now supports all Macintosh and Power Macintosh models supported by Mac OS 8.
  • Takes full advantage of the enhanced throughput of Ultra SCSI-2 Fast/Wide drives.
  • Incorporates Mac OS 8 "look and feel".

Drive Setup Changes for 1.2.5
  • Limited release for Power Macintosh Workgroup Servers 7350 and 9650, with added functionality specific to these models.
  • NOT RECOMMENDED for use on other computers. Superceded by later versions of Drive Setup.

Drive Setup Changes for 1.2.4
  • Includes the ability to repair a drive that is damaged as a result of updating with Drive Setup 1.2.2 after initializing with Apple HD SC Setup 7.1.2 or earlier.
  • IMPORTANT Apple HD SC Setup should only be used with older 68k-based Mac OS computers.
  • Added the ability to access drives with SCSI IDs greater than 7 (SCSI-2 Fast/Wide).

Drive Setup Changes for 1.2.3
ATA Driver (v3.0.4) changes in Drive Setup 1.2.3
The IDE driver was changed to correct a stack overflow problem, which occurred during large reads. Reads over one megabyte are now broken up into smaller chunks and the ATA Manger is called synchronously for each of the smaller calls.
  • Correction for volumes being mounted (by VM) at boot time even when the "do not mount" option is selected.
  • Correction for non-recoverable errors caused by the drive exceeding the ataManager's timeout.
  • Correction for large reads on the PowerBook 1400 causing bus errors.

SCSI Driver (v8.0.6) changes in Drive Setup 1.2.3
  • Corrected the undesired mount by VM on SCSI drives.
  • Fixed a problem with large-sized reads and writes to disk on the internal drives of Performa 6400-family computers which could cause hangs.
  • Added the ability to safely update over Apple HDSC Setup drivers.

Drive Setup Changes for 1.2.2
  • Improvements in recognition of secured volumes.
  • Minor changes to ensure compatibility with the Mac OS 7.6 Installer.

Drive Setup Changes for 1.2.1
  • Limited release for a few Power Macintosh computers unique to some European markets. NOT RECOMMENDED for use on other computers.
  • Superceded by later versions.

Drive Setup Changes for 1.2
  • Includes SCSI MESH patch for PCI Power Macintosh models.
  • Added support for selected 68k-based Mac OS computers with internal ATA hard drives.

Drive Setup Changes for 1.1
  • Provides DMA support for ATA based computers.
  • Fixed a problem where an ATA device's capacity was not correctly recognized.

Drive Setup Changes for 1.0.5
  • No changes to the SCSI driver.
  • No changes to the IDE driver.
  • Updated Drive Setup application to assure that volume creation dates are different when creating multiple partitions on a hard drive. This change fixes a problem where, in rare cases, custom icons may appear incorrectly on a volume with multiple partitions with the same creation dates.
  • Drive Setup 1.0.5 waits 3 seconds between calls to the Disk Init Package ensuring that volume creation dates are different. This prevents a problem with custom icons not appearing correctly on drives with multiple partitions.
  • Drive Setup 1.0.5 requires System Software 7.5 or later and is only supported for use with the following systems:
  • -- Power Macintosh systems (including PowerPC-based Performa systems)
  • -- PowerPC-based PowerBook computers*
  • -- Macintosh 580- and 630-series systems and PowerBook 190 series
  • Drive Setup does not currently support the Macintosh Processor Upgrade. If the upgrade is installed in a Macintosh 580- or 630-series system, use the "601 Processor Upgrade" control panel to turn the card off before using Drive Setup.

*The following computers are in the PowerPC-based PowerBook computer family: PowerBook 5300, 5300c, 5300ce, 5300cs, 2300c, 1400c, and 1400cs. Additionally PowerBook 200 and 500 series computers which have PowerPC upgrade cards installed are included in the PowerPC-based PowerBook computer family.

Drive Setup Changes for 1.0.3
  • No changes to SCSI driver. This is the same SCSI driver that is included with Drive Setup 1.0.2.
  • Installs updated IDE driver (ATA v1.12) for systems that were previously supported by previous versions of Drive Setup.
  • Some Apple IDE hard drives require extra time to flush its caches at shut down and restart. This new IDE driver ensures that the drive's caches are properly flushed.
  • Corrects an issue with the PowerBook 190, 2300 and 5300 series of computers where, in some cases, the system will freeze after wake up.
  • Drive Setup 1.0.3 requires System Software 7.5 (or later) and is only supported for use with the following systems:
  • -- Power Macintosh systems (including PowerPC-based Performa systems)
  • -- Macintosh 580- and 630-series systems
  • -- PowerBook 190, 2300, and 5300
  • Drive Setup 1.0.3 does not support the Macintosh Processor Upgrade. If the upgrade is installed in a Macintosh 580- or 630-series system, use the "601 Processor Upgrade" control panel to turn the card off before using Drive Setup 1.0.3.

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Published Date: Feb 20, 2012