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Install Macintosh System 6

This is the first part of several Mac related tutorials. The others can be found here (Create Large (4GB > x > 20 MB) Mac CHDs) and here (Install Mac OS 7.5.3) but you need to follow this one prior to the others.

Notice that you can also follow the instructions here which includes some instructions on how to add programs to the Hard Disk after the installation (through floppy disks).

System 6 Installation Disks

You will need installation disks which are available here : Macintosh Repository System 6 and get System_6.x.sit. Once uncompressed, go to the System 6.0.7 folder where you should have :

If the versions you get comes with “.bin” extension, uncompress them. if they end up with a “.sea” extensions, change them back to “.img” (be careful as Windows tends to hide file extensions).

You also may replace spaces in the filenames using underscores to make command lines easier.

I recommend to lock these files since nothing should be allowed to alter them.

Working installation of MESS

Any MESS version 0.139u3 or later should work. 0.144 (or newer) is recommended; it fixes some long-standing Mac emulation issues that could cause the emulated system to hang.


Easy method

mess macse -hard1 macsehd.chd -flop1 “System Tools.img” -flop2 “Utilities 1.img” on the command line.

Now skip down to “The actual install”. That was easy, right?

(Not so) Harder method

chdman createhd -c none -chs 305,4,32 -o macsehd.chd

mess macse -hard1 macsehd.chd -flop1 “System Tools.img” -flop2 “Utilities 1.img”

Now skip down to “The actual install”.

The actual install

At last, we put the “Apple HD SC Setup” onto the drive for later use

mess macse -hard1 macsehd.chd -flop1 “Utilities 1.img”

You have now a valid CHD suitable for MESS, and that can be exported for use in Basilisk or on a Mac OS X 10.5 system (click here for more about that).

Notice that, if you want to install System 6.0.3 or 6.0.5, “Apple HD SC Setup” is in the “System Tools” disk and not in the “Utilities 1” one.

Also, in the 6.0.7 procedure above, it is not mandatory to start MESS with both floppies inserted: you can mount the “Utilities 1” disk in the first drive (to run “Apple HD SC Setup”), and when the Setup is over you can insert the “System Tools” disk and start the Installer from there. Afterwards, disks can be inserted in drive 1 as needed.