Mac OS 7.6, 7.6.1: Slow Floppy Mounting In Finder

Mac OS 7.6, 7.6.1: Slow Floppy Mounting In Finder

The May 23 Info Alley contained the following item of interest:

Question: After updating to Mac OS 7.6 on my Power Macintosh computer, I notice that it takes longer for a floppy disk to appear on the desktop after it has been inserted. Usually, an 800K or 1.44 MB Macintosh, DOS, or ProDOS formatted disk will take around 10 to 15 seconds to appear on the desktop. Now, sometimes my disks will take up to 60 to 90 seconds to appear on the desktop. Why does this occur and how do I correct this?

Answer: With Mac OS 7.6 a new version of the floppy driver was added to allow for DMF (1.6 MB) formatted floppies to be read on Power Macintosh DOS Compatible computers. With this new driver, there is a higher sensitivity to some floppies that have questionable data on the first few sectors of the disk. Because of this higher sensitivity, there may be delays of up to 90 seconds to mount a floppy. This does not happen on all floppy disks. Apple is currently investigating how this can be addressed in future versions of the Mac OS.


Join the discussion

Conversation powered by Livefyre

Show Comments Hide Comments
Latest Galleries from CNET
ZTE's wallet-friendly Grand X (pictures)
Lenovo reprises clever design for the Yoga Tablet 2 (Pictures)
Top-rated reviews of the week (pictures)
Best iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus cases
Make your own 'Star Wars' snowflakes (pictures)
Bento boxes and gear for hungry geeks (pictures)