How to get an Iomega Zip Drive to operate with OS 10x

bbambo

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I have some old files I need to get some zip disk, but my zip drive does not seem to operate with OS 10.14. Does anyone know of a solution?
 

barbu

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It's possible the driver is no longer included in the OS (not surprising!). Can you get your hands on more 'vintage' hardware? Or can you virtualize the same? (i.e. load up OS X10.5 on a VM in VMware)
 

Nermal

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There's some discussion in this thread; it appears that a USB Zip drive will "just work" with OS 10.12 (see post #7). It may be possible to install 10.12 to an external hard drive, boot from it, and then access the Zip disks from there.
 

Fishrrman

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I have a 2018 Mac Mini running 10.14.6.

Some months' back, I found a USB ZIP100 drive in the recycle bin at the recycle center, and brought it home. It looked like it was brand new.

I plugged it into my Mini before writing this, and inserted a ZIP100 disk (I've had around for MANY years).
The disk spun up and the icon mounted on the desktop.

So... we can be sure that the USB ZIP100 drive -DOES WORK- on a Mac running Mojave. It's sitting there running right now as I type this.

OP:
Do you have the ZIP drive connected?
If so, are any lights on (on the drive, WITHOUT a disk inserted into it)?
What happens when you insert a ZIP disk?
Does it spin up? (even if it doesn't mount on the desktop)

Answer these questions -- ALL of them.
Then we can go forward...
 

DWW613

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I have the same issue/question. I'm running a Macbook Pro with Catalina 10.15.5, I also tried it on my Macbook Air running 10.13. The same results:

I plugged in an Iomega Zip 250 drive, the lights turned on without a disk in it, it made a whirring noise. I put a disk into it, it spins up. Then it does not appear to mount.

One bit of background that may or may not matter: The Zip disks might be empty (I doubt it but I guess it's possible). The files on them were created with a Gateway PC about twenty years ago.

Thanks in advance for any direction.



OP:
Do you have the ZIP drive connected?
If so, are any lights on (on the drive, WITHOUT a disk inserted into it)?
What happens when you insert a ZIP disk?
Does it spin up? (even if it doesn't mount on the desktop)

Answer these questions -- ALL of them.
Then we can go forward...
 

Fishrrman

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"One bit of background that may or may not matter: The Zip disks might be empty (I doubt it but I guess it's possible). The files on them were created with a Gateway PC about twenty years ago.
Thanks in advance for any direction."


I'll offer advice.
Do this ONLY WITH A DISK THAT HAS NOTHING IMPORTANT ON IT.

Connect the ZIP drive and put a disk into it. Let it spin up, even if it doesn't mount on the desktop.

Open disk utility.

VERY IMPORTANT: In the view menu, choose "show all devices".

Can you see the ZIP drive "on the left" now?
Even if there isn't "a disk" yet?

If you can see it, try clicking on it.
Then click "erase".
I suggest trying "Mac OS extended with journaling enabled, GUID partition format".

Does this change anything?
 

DWW613

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Jun 29, 2020
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Connect the ZIP drive and put a disk into it. Let it spin up, even if it doesn't mount on the desktop.

Open disk utility.

VERY IMPORTANT: In the view menu, choose "show all devices".

Can you see the ZIP drive "on the left" now?
I followed the above instructions - the Iomega drive does NOT appear in the sidebar.
 

bunnspecial

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For several legacy reasons, I have several zip disks in service. In fact, up until recently, I used them regularly enough at work that I went to the trouble of fitting an internal one to my MP 1,1(where it works just like it did on a PowerMac Quicksilver with a factory one aside from having to rig the ODD door to stay open all the time).

The last time I used a USB one in Mojave several months ago, it just worked also. It showed up on the desktop, I was able to read it, and when I unmounted it the drive kicked the disk out automatically.
 

Fishrrman

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DWW613 wrote:
"I followed the above instructions - the Iomega drive does NOT appear in the sidebar."

Some more things to try (may or may not help).
- Do you have the same problem with EVERY ZIP disk you have? (try them all)
- Do you have any ZIP100 disks? (the 250 drive can use them, right...?)
- Leave the ZIP disk in the drive (spun up, if possible) and REBOOT the Mac. When you get to the finder, has anything changed? (the ZIP100 disks have an "on-disk driver" that the Mac reads at bootup, after which the drive is recognized).

Again, no promises.
 

Fishrrman

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"How are people hooking them up to a newer Mac ?"

Via USB, of course... ;)
(later ZIPs did come with a USB connector)
 

CharlesShaw

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"How are people hooking them up to a newer Mac ?"

Via USB, of course... ;)
(later ZIPs did come with a USB connector)
Mine was the parallel port version and I'd forgotten all about it, but I can remember the very night I bought it at one the big box computer stores. It lived on top of my ridiculously tall Gateway 2000 tower case.
 
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