How to Update FastFileSystem
This is something that people often find difficult, even intimidating. However, if you follow the steps outlined
here, updating FastFileSystem (FFS) is a relatively straightforward process. It is also, a `safe' operation to
perform using HDToolBox. By that I mean, if you update FFS, and that's all you update, you will not suffer any
data loss. Having said that, I accept no responsibilty for any consequential data loss that may occur.
- Make sure HDToolBox is aware of the `scsi.device' that you use. To do this, select "Information..." from the
WorkBench Icons menu.
- Find the tooltype "SCSI_DEVICE_NAME=" and alter it to suit your device. For example, on my system this
reads "SCSI_DEVICE_NAME=blizzppc.device". Without quotes, of course.
Note; If you use a 1200 or 4000, the IDE port is still referenced using "scsi.device". On a 4000, the
SCSI port is called 2ndscsi.device
- Save icon settings.
- Start HDToolBox by double-clicking on it's icon.
- Select device you wish to update FFS on. This must be a hard disk or removeable media disk, of course.
- Select the now unghosted button "Partition Drive"
- The next step depends on what version of WorkBench you use.
- If using WB3.1 or lower select the gadget "Advanced Options..."
- If using WB3.5 all necessary gadgets are already showing.
- Select "Add/Update..."
- Select "L:FastFileSystem" from the list of file systems available. Note; There may only be one.
- Select "Update File System..."
- From the requester, choose FastFileSystem, and press RETURN.
- Press "Ok"
- Select "Save"
- Select "Exit"
You have now successfully updated the version of FFS your hard drive is currently using. To complete the update, a
reboot is necessary, due to the fact that the older version of the filesystem is still in memory.
The same process as above can be used to update filesystems other than FFS, of course. Just substitute the relevant
file system name for FastFileSystem.