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Trying (and failing) to create a System 7 boot drive

amstrudy

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I have a Macintosh Color Classic that I just restored and I am attempting to create a System 7 boot drive for it. I have a "3M High Density 2.0 MB" floppy that I am writing an img file to using the dd command on Linux. I either get the error that there is no space left on the disk after a few minutes of whirring, or that the end of the device was reached. That can't be right? I feel like a 2.0 MB floppy is big enough for System 7. Anyways, when trying to insert it into may machine, some painful whirring noises occur and it eventually gets auto-ejected. Any help would be really great! I'm not sure what to do from here except to buy a pre-installed floppy online.
 

amstrudy

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I've also tried 1.4 MB disks, with the same issue. I know someone with a Mac SE, but I'm pretty sure it only runs System 6?

 

amstrudy

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Regardless, I'm kinda new to this whole world of vintage macs and I'm not really sure how to use another machine to get a System 7 boot drive. 

 

amstrudy

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My computer only runs Ubuntu. I tried using wine and WinImage but it didn't work out. When using your .img, I didn't get the error using dd that stated that the disk was out of space, so that's an improvement! My CC still spits out the disk though :/

EDIT: I'm trying to use WinImage on a friend's PC and it only seems to accept .bin files. Even when I feed it a bin file it says that it's in valid. Honestly I have no idea how to use this software lol

 
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Retro Rider

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SHE WORKS! Somehow, WinImage did what dd couldn't. Thanks for all the help!

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Congrats on getting your Color Classic to work, i'm trying to make a system 6/7 boot disk for my SE/30 and have seen the guide posted above ( This ), but I haven't tried it yet, so I wanted to ask you if you just followed the guide, because you said earlier that Winimage only accepted .bin files.

 

amstrudy

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Yeah, ignore what I said about the .bin files because I had no idea how to work WinImage. You can just use the NetworkImage file linked above somewhere.

 
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