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Can I use this Hard Drive in my Macintosh Classic II?


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I'd like to use this hard drive in my Macintosh Classic II. Is there anything I need to look out for? what adapter do I need for the SCSI connector? Do I need to use patched software? is the Capacity Too large? (9GB) Any help is appreciated.


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The capacity is a problem because HFS can only address up to 2GB per drive until OS 8 (or probably 7.5.3 (7.5.2 for PPC))


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In no particular order, beyond what has been said: SCSI number doesn't really matter in a CII (jumperless should be 0), but set it by jumper if you wish to 1 or 2; set it to auto-spin and with termination on; be prepared for needing Silverlining or the like to partition, though standard System 7 tools may work on the drive; the power requirements of a fast drive like this may press the electrics of an ageing CII hard, so a recap of the analog/ power board is advisable; and obviously you will need a 68-pin to 50-pin converter. Say a prayer, shove it in, and give it a whirl.

I wouldn't install anything beyond 7.1 on a CII, by the way.


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So, here's what to check for:
  • That's a 7200rpm disk - how much heat does it put out compared to whatever was stock in the CII?
  • Adjacently, checking on whether or not the CII powers on and runs reliably with the added power draw of that disk is worth doing.
    • TBH putting that disk in an external box is the way to work around both of those problems.
  • That's a USCSI disk, there's high and low voltage differential USCSI ecosystems, make sure whatever you're getting is compatible with the Mac motherboard (that disk would've been connected to a dedicated PCI card when it was new) and the adapters

A SCSI replacer (any, disk performance literally doesn't matter for almost any use case you can put to a Classic II) may be a better option -- not because of the partition or overall disk size, but because of the other physical concerns putting a much later and higher end disk in can present.

w/re 7.1 - IME 7.6.1 runs "fine" on a CII. It's poky, but a CII is gonna be a little bit poky at literally everything. It was a cheap computer sold for under $1500 to people who wanted to replace typewriters with something that could do slightly more. (Mine's running 7.6.1 because the eventual vtools ASIP6 -> OSX10.4 migration will mean I need to use IP locally, instead of AppleTalk, for file access.)

I should put 7.1 on my CII. I'm still on ASIP6 now, although as soon as I start moving I'll need to add OpenTransport and updated AppleShare back in and then it'll probably feel the same and use the same amount of memory so at that point I may as well just run the newer software.

Use whatever you like and/or whatever OS gets you the functionality you need.