Macintosh Performa 6290cd

  • I picked up a Macintosh Performa 6290cd.
  • It’s not a machine I was actively seeking out. My friend Dan had a Performa when we were kids, but I otherwise never used one unless you count the LC’s at school.
  • There’s nothing particularly significant about the Performa 6290cd.
  • The machine has:
    • 100 MHz PowerPC 603e CPU
    • 8MB of RAM by default.
      The Maximum RAM available for a 6290cd was 64MB.
      As luck would have it, this machine came to me with the RAM maxed out.
    • A 1.2 GB hard drive by default, which was removed before I received the machine.
    • A 4X CD-ROM drive
  • The default OS was System 7.5.1.
    The machine is capable of supporting System 7.5.1 - 9.1.

Replacement IDE hard drive using SD-card

  • For around $10 I picked up a SDCard to IDE Adapter.
  • These cards are pretty easy to pickup from eBay or AliExpress.

  • Both the SD and CF cards will work in the Performa 6290cd.

Boot using MacOS 7 Disk Tools

  • Disk Tools Disk 1 will boot any Mac that originally shipped with a 68040 processor and a SCSI hard drive.

  • Disk Tools Disk 2 will boot any Mac that originally shipped with a PowerPC 601, 603, or 604 processor, or a 68040 processor with an IDE hard drive.

For simplicity sake, boot MacOS 7 Disk Tools from Disk a SCSI2SD v5.5

  • I have a BMOW Floppy Emulator that works very well with classic Macs, including the Performa 6290cd.

  • Since I already have functioning classic Mac’s runing System 7, it was easiest for me to setup a SCSI2SD v5.5 with a partition containing the Disk Tools Disk 2 System Folder along with the patched version of Drive Setup 1.7.3.

  • Boot from the SCSI2SD

  • And initialize the IDE drive.

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