Notice that you can also follow the instructions here which includes some instructions on how to add programs to the Hard Disk after the installation (through floppy disks).
You will need installation disks which are available here : Apple's old Software list. Look for:
Uncompressed, they should get a ”.sea” extension, so change it to ”.img” and replace both the spaces with underscores to make command lines easier.
I recommend to lock these files since anything must not alter them.
Any MESS version 0.139u3 or later should work. 0.144 is recommended; it fixes some long-standing Mac emulation issues that could cause the emulated system to hang.
mess macse -hard1 macsehd.chd -flop1 SSW_6.0.8-800k_Disk1of4.img -flop2 SSW_6.0.8-800k_Disk2of4.img on the command line.
Now skip down to “The actual install”. That was easy, right?
chdman createhd -c none -chs 305,4,32 -o macsehd.chd
mess macse -hard1 macsehd.chd -flop1 SSW_6.0.8-800k_Disk1of4.img -flop2 SSW_6.0.8-800k_Disk2of4.img
At last, we put the “Apple HD SC Setup” onto the drive for later use
mess macse -hard1 macsehd.chd -flop1 SSW_6.0.8-800k_Disk2of4.img
You have now a valid CHD suitable for MESS, and that can be exported for use in Basilisk or on a Mac OS X 10.5 system (click here for more about that).
Notice that, if you want to install System 6.0.3 or 6.0.5, “Apple HD SC Setup” is in the “System Tools” disk and not in the “Utilities 1” one.
Also, in the 6.0.8 procedure above it is not mandatory to start MESS with both floppies inserted: you can mount the “Utilities 1” disk in the first drive (to run “Apple HD SC Setup”), and when the Setup is over you can insert the “System Tools” disk and start the Installer from there. Afterwards, disks can be inserted in drive 1 as needed.