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Apple HD SC Setup

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Hard disks have to be initialized before use in a Macintosh (although most Mac hard disks are already initialized for you at the factory.) Apple includes its own utility program for formatting Macintosh hard drives called Apple HD SC setup. (Its name has been shortened to Apple HD Setup in System 7.5 and higher) This utility is found on Apple's Disk Tools disk and enables you to initialize a hard disk as a Macintosh hard disk and create hard disk partitions as well.

If you feel a disk may be damaged, or its driver outdated, you can use Apple HD Setup to test the disk in question. You can update the driver on a hard disk but only if it's an Apple brand hard disk. If you buy a third-party hard disk, it has its own formatting software and its own driver software built in.

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