© 1997 Dieter Spaar. Last modified 29. December 1999
The following utilities for the Macintosh are a result of one of
my favorite things in programming: Solving those things that are hard to
do or some people think that they cannot be done. Both utilities are Freeware.
LoadADrive is a simple utility to mount a CD-ROM that wasn't
switch on at startup without restarting your Macintosh.
MPW C Source included.
LoadADrive needs System 7 or higher and should work on every
machine. It has been tested with Apple CD-ROM 4.0.1 and 5.0,
FWB's CD-ROM Toolkit 1.0.9 and the Spirit CD Driver Package 1.21.
I don't know if LoadADrive works with other CD-ROM drivers.
Just try it !
Some notes about LoadADrive and the DVD CD driver from Apple:
This driver contains two different CD drivers. One for SCSI drives and
one for ATAPI/IDE drives. LoadADrive takes the first driver it finds and
if it is not the right one it will fail.
You can try the following work around:
- Make a copy of the driver.
- Open the copy with ResEdit.
- Open the INIT resource. You will see two entries, one is named
"Init SCSI DVD" the other "Init ATAPI DVD".
- If you have a SCSI CD-ROM delete "Init ATAPI DVD".
- If you have an IDE CD-ROM delete "Init SCSI DVD".
- Save the driver and use LoadADrive with the modified driver. You
may have to press the Command key when opening LoadADrive to select
Download LoadADrive 1.2 (about 30 Kbytes)
This little utility disables the ejection of removable SCSI drive
media on restart or shutdown. So all your CDs and removable drive
cartridges should stay in their drives.
Tested with Apple's and FWB's CD-ROM driver and an Apple CD-ROM
drive. May not work with other drivers.
Download NoEject 1.2 (about 6 Kbytes)
Need more information ? Any suggestions ?
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