Are you saving the session files as SDII?  If you are, please  
remember that each audio file has a resource fork and a data fork,  
and that can create problems with storage.

For example, if you were to write a TAR archive of SDII files, the  
resource fork would be stripped away, rendering the TAR archive (and  
the files) unreadable.

There are some things to love about OS 9, but this isn't one of them,  
certainly from an archival perspective.


John Spencer

On Sep 23, 2005, at 8:07 AM, Aaron Levinson wrote:

> Alyssa- Let me make it plain and simple, I Love You.
> AA
> On Sep 22, 2005, at 11:22 PM, Alyssa Ryvers wrote:
>> I don't have all that much time to get into this, but 1st off I  
>> suspect that the formatting of the external drive should be done  
>> from the 9.2 disk from the Apple Disk Utility. All drives on a Mac  
>> system should be formatted using the appropriate version of the  
>> Apple Disk Utility. If there is one piece of info I would like to  
>> help you with, it is that one.
>> Boot up from the 9.2 CD (or wait until you've installed 9.2 and  
>> run the Utility from the internal drive where you installed the OS)
>> Run Apple Disk Utility [from the CD] (this means that you are  
>> losing all your info from your external hard drive - but it sounds  
>> like you're OK with that?)
>> Format your external drive using this Utility.
>> Make sure to name the drive when you do this; if for some reason  
>> you decide to rename the drive at a later time, be sure to run  
>> Norton because there will be a directory error. (ie do yourself a  
>> favour and don't rename the drive after you name and format it the  
>> first time)
>> Then - I don't know - if your life still isn't dealing adequately,  
>> I would try to find a fresh install of [complete] 9.2. Before that  
>> though... did you unplug the external drive and any other  
>> peripherals when you attempted to run the update? Also, did you  
>> boot off the CD? You can change the bootup disk somewhere in your  
>> system folders (it's been a while since I used 9 - but it's there  
>> somewhere - or there is that damn key command when you boot up -  
>> whatever was it?). I would suggest trying the update if you can do  
>> so by booting off the update CD. Perhaps that's not possible? But  
>> worth a shot if you're having problems.
>> The great thing about system 9 is that you can back up the entire  
>> operating system easily - you must know this. Just copy your boot  
>> drive into a folder, on an external drive, and you will have a  
>> back up (without having to resolve to special backup software)
>> There is much I prefer about system 9...
>> Hope that helps get the cogs turnin'
>> Best,
>> Alyssa.
>> :)
>> "If someone, holding fast to the name of Bodhisattva Perceiver of  
>> the World's Sounds should enter a great fire, the fire could not  
>> burn him...If one were washed away by a great flood and call upon  
>> his name, one would immediately find himself in a shallow  
>> place." (The Lotus Sutra)
>> On 22-Sep-05, at 9:13 PM, Aaron Levinson wrote:
>>> Dear Tech Folks-
>>> I am running a pro-tools rig( 2 888 24's) and we recently  
>>> purchased an external drive so we were not saving session files
>>> to the same drive that the application is running on. The  
>>> computer is a dual processor G4 tower. After a few attempts to drag
>>> and save the session files onto the external drive we concluded  
>>> that the drive was not being recognized as it should be.
>>>  To make a hideously long story somewhat shorter, I retrieved the  
>>> original box the drive came in and discovered, much to my  
>>> chagrin, that the device will not operate with anything earlier  
>>> than OS 9.2. I am, of course, running OS 9.1! Okay so we go to  
>>> the site and download the OS 9.2 update file onto the  
>>> external drive and plug it back into the firewire port on the  
>>> back of the G4. However, as the engineers out there will no doubt  
>>> notice at this point we are caught in an audio Catch-22- the  
>>> system still
>>> cannot recognize the external drive that now has the 9.2 updater  
>>> on it cause the G4 can't find it-  its still running 9.1! So we  
>>> tried
>>> to burn OS 9.2 to a CD instead and take it off the CD. However,  
>>> very mysteriously this solution did not work...Now I'm puzzled.
>>> The error prompt we get says that the install cannot be completed  
>>> because the computer can't read and I quote, "the installation
>>> tome". What on God's green earth is an "Installation Tome"(Sound  
>>> Joycean and imposing in any case) and how do I get
>>> this to work. The external drive is made by a company called  
>>> Western Digital I believe...Can anyone far smarter than
>>> moi lend a digital hand on this bit of arcane computerese? What  
>>> are we doing wrong and what do we need to do to get it
>>> to work. I have updated the OS on various macs I've owned over  
>>> the years and I've never had this kind of problem or seen
>>> this prompt. Any thoughts?
>>> Aaron Luis Levinson
>>> Libertad Records
>>> Conshohocken, PA