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Thread: Can an SE/30 run w/o hard drive?

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    Default Can an SE/30 run w/o hard drive?

    Gang,

    I am wondering if a Macintosh SE-30 will operate with System 6 from floppies if the hard drive is not working.

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    If you disconnect the hard drive from the SCSI bus, shouldn't it boot right of the floppy ?
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    You don't even have to disconnect the hard drive, it'll boot right from the disk if there's no (perceived) bootable hard disk present.
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    I thought it tried to boot from the floppy first if there's one in the drive. That's how you upgrade the OS.

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    If it just sits there and does nothing, I would try disconnecting the HD in case for some reason it's locking up the SCSI bus.
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    The sound the floppy drive makes after the startup tone is when it is checking for a boot disk. I have booted my SE from floppies with and without the hard drive connected.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DOS lives on!! View Post
    The sound the floppy drive makes after the startup tone is when it is checking for a boot disk. I have booted my SE from floppies with and without the hard drive connected.
    Is this a known good boot floppy? You shouldn't have a problem booting it up right off the floppy, providing it's "blessed".

    If you made it from an image then it might not be blessed. I've made boot floppies from images before to find out that they don't work. If you pop it in a machine that's already at the Finder, you'll see the System Folder on the floppy does not have a mini System icon on the folder. If you double click the System Folder to open it, the OS, will "bless" the folder thus making it bootable. You'll know it's blessed by the little System icon on the System Folder.
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    On a side note, there's a project over at 68k MLA in which you can load an entire System 6 or 7 onto a custom 8MB ROM SIMM, and boot it directly off the ROM. The custom boot ROM even has its own custom key combo to do it. So, technically, you don't need any device attached to it at all.

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