so I booted off my os9 drive the other day to try to get an old scanner working. when I did I ran an old copy of norton now my os9 drive wont mount from osx. It doesn't show up in /volumes but it is visible in the disk utility. It is greyed out and when I tell it to mount it does nothing. I can boot from my backup copy of the os9 system folder on the osx drive and see both drives, and I can then boot from the os9 drive and it works just fine.
also when I reboot it can not find the system. It only boots when I turn it off and back on again. I have had that problem for awhile now.
If it was a too old version of Norton for OS 9 it probably did something to the boot/driver blocks. Copy everything from the OS 9 drive to another drive and erase the OS 9 drive in OS X then copy everything back.
If you have an extra drive to try it on, that may be a wise thing to do since now you can at least boot from it albeit having to jump through hoops first. So in other words erase a drive in OS X and copy the OS 9 scanner drive stuff to it to see if it works. Since you're a geekdude you must have an extra drive laying around. Or if you have DiskWarrior try running that on the OS 9 drive to see if it can fix what Norton fubared.
I think it was Norton tools 6.05 via system works 1.05. I ended up copying my stuff to the osx drive so im good for now but just wanted to figure out what was going on. The weird thing is the os9 hd passes verification in disk util with flying colors. If I have to reformat it I might just hang onto it as a backup instead in case my osx drive ever fails (cuz it boots if it is the only drive), or mabye I will re purpose it for another progect.
oh and the scanner was paralell DOH! its working on my wintell now but it makes the mouse go crazy but thats another story for another forum.
I have had troubles with older drives when attached with newer drives. A couple of times old WDs with "newer" Seagates. Couldn't get the machine to boot with both in, it would do fine with one drive only.
Its an IBM deskstar, and a quantum from my moms old pizza-box powermac. Its worked that way for years. I tried to mount it in terminal and it said "result too large" then I read on the man page for mount_hfs that it wont work if the catalog file is fragmented. so now im running speed disk on it.
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