How to find Mac OS 9 downloads?

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Last Modified: Jul 15, 2014 5:49 AM

As of the posting of this tip, the Mac OS 9 downloads on Apple's support site are not fully available.

This tip of a method of obtaining the downloads was suggested by sdfox7.   Special thanks to them for decoding

how to discover old downloads.

 

Locate the support.apple.com website for the download.   In the case of most of the system downloads for Mac OS 9, there is this link:

 

http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1387

 

In event the link doesn't work, go to http://web.archive.org/ to find it.   For this link, the example site is:

 

 

http://web.archive.org/web/20100917074207/http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1387

 

If you are looking for the 9.2.2 download, the direct link from that page is

 

http://web.archive.org/web/20101204032737/http://docs.info.apple.com/article.htm l?artnum=75186

 

Clicking through

 

http://web.archive.org/web/20101204032737/http://docs.info.apple.com/article.htm l?artnum=75186

 

First on the page you will find North American English, 9.2.2, 21.3MB.

 

When you right click, or control-mouse button the download link and select copy link, you obtain:

 

http://web.archive.org/web/20101204032737/http://download.info.apple.com/Apple_S upport_Area/Apple_Software_Updates/English-North_American/Macintosh/System/Mac_O S_9.2.2_Update/Single-File/Mac_OS_9.2.2_Update.smi.bin

 

Edit this link to reveal just the file name and not the path going to it and paste it in your favorite search engine.  In this case, the file name is:

 

Mac_OS_9.2.2_Update.smi.bin

 

Searching you'll find that this link has that download.

 

http://ftp.iinet.net.au/pub/apple/US/Macintosh/System/Mac_OS_9.2.2_Update/

 

As it happens, the website:

 

http://ftp.iinet.net.au/pub/apple/US/Macintosh/System/

 

has the download links for all the Mac OS 9 updates.  You can use a similar method for many other downloads of older software.

 

As I also found out, .bin files even Mac OS X 10.9 understands.  .smi files Disk utility won't open in Mac OS X 10.9, but it will convert to .dmg files.

If you copy the contents to a USB Flash drive of the same name as the dmg file (without the suffix), it can hold the installer in question and connect older Mac OS 9 machines to run the installer from.  Just make sure the USB drive is formatted HFS+ no journaling, or FAT16 and under 4GB in size.

 

The thread I learned about this method isLinks for Mac OS 9 Downloads are faulty!

 

Other older knowledgebase links can be found by this tip's methods:

 

https://discussions.apple.com/docs/DOC-4791

 

Some of the articles linked to for these updates may refer to the old knowledgebase format which may yield links you can convert with archive.org,

as described below:

 

Knowledgebase links of the info.apple.com format no longer work