Recently the following post appeared in comp.sys.mac.hardware.storage (spelling was corrected):
From: George Graves Subject: Re: Hacking Drive Setup Date: Wed, 25 Jun 1997 17:07:22 +0100 To: email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org wrote: > Somebody mentioned, a while ago on comp.sys.mac.advocacy, that > Drive Setup could be hacked using ResEdit to format/initialize/partition > ANY SCSI-compliant drive. I poked around Drive Setup's resource fork > using Resorcerer, and found a bunch of 'fSCR' resources which look like > they contain all of the initialization parameters for all of the drives > that Drive Setup currently supports. The next question is: what is the > meaning of this information? > > And how do I add a new entry for my own drive? > > If anybody has any suggestions, feel free to send them my way. > > Tim DeBenedictis I think I figured it out. Anyway, it worked for the drive I added. Try this: There is a registry called "fSCR" in the "Apple Drive Setup" application which can be accessed with ResEdit. In this registry are the names and model numbers of Apple-qualified drives. It is very easy to add unsupported drives to this registry. 1) Use a utility such as SCSI Probe to view the model number of the drive you want to add. 2) Open ResEdit and from inside open the "Drive Setup" app. 3) Double click on the resource panel named fSCR. You will see a bunch of harddisk names and models. Find one which is similar to the one you wish to add (if you have a Fujitsu SCSI drive select a Fujitsu SCSI drive in the list).
4) Select Command -K (new resource) 5) Open the New resource and the resource of the 'similar' Fujitsu drive. Copy and paste the contents of the existing Fujitsu drive resource window into the new resource window. 6) Close the resource window. Now, choose Command-I (get resource info). Put the name and the model number of the new drive in place of the default resource name just as all the rest appear in the list of supported drives, but omit the quotation marks. Give the new resource a line number which places it at the bottom of the supported drives list in fSCR. Close the resource info window. 7) Close fSCR, and save. Your added disk will now be recognized by the Apple Drive Setup application. I believe you can add all drives of a given manufacturer (using Fujitsu again as an example) by naming the resource "Fujitsu,*", but I haven't tried it yet. George Graves
Since I own a Powerbook 165 and only have access
to an old trusty Quadra 900, I couldn't verify the above until I
I were... 2.0 by Martin
Blitz, a Control Panel and Extension that
provide a method for a system to identify its hardware as another
hardware type, via the Gestalt "mach" selector. In other words; it
allows you to specify what identity your Macintosh should report to
the MacOS when asked for.
So I told my Quadra 900 to be a Performa 630 and I could start Drive Setup.
I got hold of a Conner CP3540 (540 Mb.) drive and tried the above. At first I couldn't get it working until I selected the 'DEC,*' resource as the source for my new 'CONNER,CP3500-540MB-3.5' resource.
Drive Setup did recognize and initialize the drive without any problems.
So it appears that you might have to experiment with which resource you take as your template.
Here are some posts from usenet that explain a lot more.
WARNING: Although simple; this patch is not for the faint of heart. Using ResEdit can and will cause damage to your programs and/or data if not properly used. If in doubt, don't do it.
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