<b>Drive Setup 1.2.4 is out. But BEWARE using it!

Drive Setup 1.2.4 is out. But BEWARE using it!

Drive Setup 1.2.4 is out. According to the Read Me file, this update to Apple's hard disk formatting utility "includes the ability to repair a drive that is damaged as a result of updating with Drive Setup 1.2.2 after initializing with Apple HD SC Setup 7.1.2 or earlier." This was a problem we covered here awhile back. For those using Drive Setup version 1.2.2, note that version 1.2.4 also incorporates fixes introduced in version 1.2.3 ("fixed a problem with large-sized reads and writes to disk on the internal drives of Performa 6400-family machines which could cause hangs and added the ability to safely update over Apple HD-SC Setup drivers"). For those unfamiliar with Drive Setup, the Read Me summarizes the usual information about what Macs should and should not use this utility (or check out Troubleshooting Drive Setup here at MacFixIt).

However, beware using this new version. Three readers (Stephen Giles, Rohan Samahon and Erik Carlson) all reported the same problem (and solution): When they updated their hard drive with Drive Setup 1.2.4, their hard drive would no longer mount. Instead, the blinking question mark appeared at startup. Apparently, the new driver had not been installed successfully, even though Drive Setup had reported no problem. (The reason for this is unclear right now but may be due to an increase in size of the new driver and not enough room to install it; similar problems have been noted before with third party drivers.)

In any case, all readers hit upon the same solution to resurrect their drives. They were able to "update" the problem driver with version 7.3.2 (or later) of Apple HD SC Setup (apparently simply using an older version of Drive Setup at this point did not work for them - although another reader did succeed in doing this). Now the drive mounted okay. From there, they were able to "update" the driver again back to the pre-1.2.4 version of Drive Setup that they had been using.

Several other readers have also already reported this problem. It must be a common one!

Also note: reformatting with 1.2.4 should work, even if updating does not.

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