And, in order to get your own software and documents into that disk image file, there must be a "shared" folder in the Mac OS X world that Sheep Shaver can see and project into the older Mac OS world; so, you create that folder and tell Sheep Shaver where it is.There are some other preferences to set up, but the tutorial tells you what settings to use.
I also have two Power PC-based Macs that run Tiger and therefore have Classic.
But all of that is a lot of trouble, because I'm not usually using those machines; I'm usually using my Intel-based Mac mini, and running Snow Leopard.
In the run-up to the original release of Mac OS X, users were justifiably worried about compatibility.
Mac OS X was a completely different operating system from its predecessors (Mac OS 9, Mac OS 8, System 7).
I must warn you that setting up Sheep Shaver is not for the faint of heart, and giving detailed instructions is beyond the scope of this article.
The best way to get started is through the resources at the E-Maculation Web site, which provides a particularly good step-by-step tutorial (as well as forums where I have received very courteous and accurate technical advice).This guide will use Windows 7 Ultimate x86 as a host OS, and Mac OS 9 as a guest OS.We will use the Sheepshaver program, which is quite an abandonware software – amazing that it still works on Windows 7.You'll need a generic (not hardware-specific) installation CD for the system you'd like to run (I used a Mac OS 9.0.4 installer that I had lying around).You'll also probably need a machine that can run Classic, in order to obtain a ROM file; I used the technique described in a different tutorial, where you download the Mac OS ROM Update disk image and use Apple's Tome Viewer utility to extract the ROM file from it.All of that sounds rather daunting, and to be honest, it is.