Device for parallel port zip drive?

Tim Chase blinux.list at
Tue Nov 30 19:14:39 UTC 2004

> I'm trying to use an old parallel port Zip drive on Fedora 2. I 
> downloaded the IOmegaware file for Linux from iOmega 

I'm not sure what the IOmegaware file has to do with anything. 
According to the ZIP-drive HOW-TO, it's just a matter of loading 
standard modules in the right order (namely, before the 
parallel-port module gets loaded)

You can

My understanding from the docs is that if you have the ZIP drive 
attached at boot time, and your modules probe the "ppa" module 
before the "lp" module, you should have a "sda0" device which you 
can mount like any other drive.  Granted, the drive may not be 
"a" if you have other SCSI devices on your system

> My previous computer had a builtin Zip drive that worked fine, and my 
> home machine has an external SCSI zip drive that worked fine on FC2.

I think the internal varieties (last I checked...I stripped my 
internal out of the machine in which I had one) show up as a 
standard IDE drive, and thus as simply /dev/hdb or /dev/hdc or 
/dev/hdd depending on where it landed in your IDE chain (I've 
even booted with it as the master device on the primary IDE, 
making it /dev/hda).

It should then have a fairly standard partition table, which you 
can view with fdisk, which should allow you to mount particular 
partitions, or even repartition it as you desire.

While you can't boot off a parallel-port ZIP drive, you can boot 
from a floppy (or CD if you want) which will load the 
parallel-port ZIP module, and then proceed to boot from that.

If all goes properly, you should have a device which exposes 
itself as either an IDE drive (/dev/hdXY) or SCSI drive 
(/dev/sdXY) which you can then mount with the usual "mount" 
command like

	bash> mount /dev/sda0 /mnt/zip

It should autodetect the type of filesystem (usually VFAT), but 
you can bung with that and change it to your favorite if you 
like, using fdisk/cfdisk and your favorite flavor of mkfs 
assuming you don't need to use the disk in Dos/Win32 systems.



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