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What is GFormat v1.0?
GFormat is a very clean and elegant storage device formatting utility which provides clear selection of the device to be initialized, including all devices on all SCSI and SATA on PCI buses, clear selection of HFS, HFS+, or DOS format scheme options, and six allocation block size options from 512 to 16,384 bytes. It's extremely straightforward and performs swiftly, flawlessly, and reliably in my experience. It's a terrific utility which I've found critical to BlueSCSI media preparation because it provides clear control of format scheme options.
I don't know how refined the drivers it installs are compared to others, but I've experienced no problems with them. However I nearly always replace them with Hard Disk Toolkit drivers simply because I know more about them and respect them, so I have very little use experience with GFormat drivers.
I can find no information about the history of this software or its author, and the only reference I have about its intellectual property rights is "©2001 by Allen Gainsford" in the file information revealed by the Mac OS Finder. So I don't know what acquisition or use restrictions might be claimed by the author or, if no longer living, his estate. There seem to be no claims stated or implied in the running utility, nor any references to any claims such as a purchase link, request for contribution, limited features, limited use period, or any other - the utility performs all functions sans any reference to purchase, contribution, or any other ancillary information.
If the community finds GFormat useful, let's welcome and respect any response from the author seeking support with team spirited hearts of goodwill.
I'm not yet certain of the lower and upper OS boundaries, but know it's fully functional with Mac OS 9.1. And I think, but am not yet certain, that it supports both 68K and PPC classic systems. I'll update such information when able.
Download GFormat v1.0 for Mac
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GFormat, an elegant storage device formatter / compressed w/ Stuffit
From Mac OS 6.0 up to Mac OS 9.5
Emulating this? It could probably run under: SheepShaver