Last night I installed the new Hardware Update on my LC III 12/160
(Quantum). No problem. Then I updated my System Tools floppy as
recommended. No problem. Then I used said floppy to update my hard
disk driver. Bad news. The hard disk is well and truly hosed. I
couldn't boot from it; I had a hard time booting from my System Tools
floppy -- it would usually hang when displaying a window from one of
my hard disk folders, sometimes earlier, sometimes not at all.
I copied most of my recent (post-backup) work to a Syquest cartridge
-- a few files wouldn't copy, the system would hang when it tried, or
at least so it appeared; I didn't try to copy them more than once.
Then I tried to initialize the disk with HD SC Setup. Failed!
That's where things stand now. Got to make some calls. I expect the
Mac will have to go in to be repaired.
In fairness to the Hardware Update, this disk may have had a
pre-existing problem. Early on after getting this Mac, I ran the
"Test" from HD SC Setup and it reported failure. Observing no problems
with the disk in actual use over the past couple months, however, I'd
chalked that up to some sort of misfeature of the test software.
Oh, and I did re-partition the drive when I got the Mac to reclaim the
full disk space. I can imagine a scenario in which that would cause
trouble (though most people whose opinions I trust say it's safe), but
I'd be surprised if it affected the ability to initialize the disk.
I'm not sure what to conclude at this point, aside from BACK UP YOUR
HARD DISK BEFORE INSTALLING THE HARDWARE UPDATE.
- Rich "mcmxciibo" Holmes
'In every walk of life, when wrestling with difficult m*dilemmas,
one can always find assistance by asking oneself, "How would Elmer
Fudd have dealt with this situation?"' - Clifton Royston