Help copying files from Performa 6200CD to Zip Drive

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  1. mjw3786 macrumors newbie

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    I am trying to copy some files from an older performa 6200CD to a SCSI zip drive we purchased from ebay at the suggestion of a mac friend.

    We figured out how to locate the files with the finder. However, we cannot figure out how to access the zip drive to copy the files...

    How do we do this? It's OS 7.5.1

    Thanks in advance,
    Mike
     
  2. hughvane macrumors 6502

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    Woooh, we're stepping back in time here. From memory, your Mac must have the Zip drivers in order for the scsi connection to be recognised by the OS. The drivers will have been on an Iomega CD or a floppy disk (not a Zip disk).
    Secondly, the Zip drive must be terminated correctly, as in scsi ID. Assuming it's external, and you're using the correct scsi cable, at the back of the Zip drive are two SCSI ports and switches which you set to 1 (on).

    I can't remember the correct switching-on sequence, whether it's Zip followed by Mac, or vice-versa. You'll need to experiment. The external Zip drives had no isolating switch so were permanently on as long as you had the power supply plugged in, and the Zip disk mounted to the Mac desktop (with the correct drivers installed) once a Zip disk was pushed into the drive.

    And don't try to disconnect your Zip drive while the Mac is running. You need to power it off first.
     
  3. mjw3786 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Hey hugh! Thank you for your response. I tried to dig up the driver in question but it appears that Iomega no longer supports this product on their website. Google has turned up dry as well.

    Any chance someone around here may have the driver I need? And some direction on how to install said driver would be extremely useful too :)

    I apologize for these archaic questions, and it appears we MIGHT have a second option, but i'm not sure...

    It seems there is also a 3.5" floppy with all the files in question on it. Could we theoretically take this floppy to the apple store and have them burn said files to CD for us? I don't know what the compatibility of said files with newer versions of the mac os would be, or if that's something they'd even approach at all. Worth a shot?

    Thanks again,
    Mike

     
  4. mjw3786 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for your reply, but i've managed to get the job done :)

    http://www.pure-mac.com/hard.html#iomega

    That link has the 2.1.1 IomegaWare which supports OS 7.5.x, but it's an .HQX file so I had to use stuffit to decompress it before I could install the software which includes the drivers.

    FYI, anyone who finds this thread and is wondering what my process went like...

    1-Buy SCSI zip drive from ebay. Make sure drive is terminated. Be sure power on zip drive is on BEFORE powering up mac.

    2-Download IomegaWare 2.1.1 from above link [hopefully it still exists in the future] and in my case, I burned it to CD on my PC [4 letter word?] as data.

    3-Copy HQX file to hard drive on mac from CD. Use stuffit expander to decompress the installer. Run installer, reboot.

    4-Insert zip disk in drive, double click on zip when it appears on desktop, copy files at will.

    5-Breathe sigh of relief :)

    Thanks again for everyone's help. Have a nice weekend. Feel free to lock / archive this thread if you wish, mods.

    cheers,
    Mike

     
  5. hughvane macrumors 6502

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    Hey Mike, glad to read that you got the job done, and thanks to you and others for the links.

    My next suggestion was to remove that 6200 hard drive and use an adaptor of some sort to mount it to a more modern mac as an external hard drive via USB. I've put a bid in on an external Zip 100 USB that's never been used. I have a wealth of good stuff on Zip disks from the days of OS 8.x when I too owned a 6200.
     
  6. mjw3786 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Hey Hugh,

    Good suggestion. I think we'll rip the hard drive out before getting rid of the 6200, just in case. I assume the machine won't fetch anything worth the effort, would it? If not, we'll probably just recycle it.

    Thanks again,
    Mike

     
  7. Sun Baked macrumors G5

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    It is an IDE hard drive, so using an old case should make things much easier to recover via a simple drag and drop.

    The HD was IDE, while the optical and/or zip were scsci.
     
  8. hughvane macrumors 6502

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    Thanks Sun Baked, that tells Mike (and me) that a cheap IDE-USB adaptor would work. I've used that method regularly since I bought my eMac and don't understand why more people don't use adaptors, also how hard and optical drives can survive and operate perfectly well outside of an enclosure. :)

    Mike - I recycled my Apple monitor and old G3 beige after taking out the hard drive. Fortunately we have at least four stations in the nearest city which accept old computers, monitors, peripherals etc.
     

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