How To Read an IOMEGA ZIP 100 Drive on Ubuntu Linux 12.04

As with most things computer there are times when old media formats appear and a need to retrieve the data. One such occurrence happened recently when several ZIP  disks arrived. The IOMEGA ZIP  drives were parallel port connected SCSI drives that were popular back in the late 90’s early 2000’s. They were great for backups and had more capacity that floppy disks. They are before USB attached drives came into being. So the question is how do I read these drives?

Installation of IOMEGA

Installation with Ubuntu 9.10 and higher only require a single module to be loaded. Editing the /etc/module file and adding ppa is all that is required. This is the Parallel port driver. After editing /etc/modules reboot the system. Make sure to have the drive plugged in and powered on.

Once the system has rebooted we can check to see what was detected. We can run the following command.

$ sudo cat /proc/scsi/scsi

Here we see the IOMEGA drive.

IOMEGA zip100_2

Attached devices:

Host: scsi0 Channel: 00 Id: 00 Lun: 00
Vendor: ATA Model: ST2000DM001-1ER1 Rev: CC26
Type: Direct-Access ANSI SCSI revision: 05

Host: scsi1 Channel: 00 Id: 00 Lun: 00
Vendor: TSSTcorp Model: DVD+-RW TS-L633C Rev: DW40
Type: CD-ROM ANSI SCSI revision: 05

Host: scsi6 Channel: 00 Id: 06 Lun: 00
Vendor: IOMEGA Model: ZIP 100 Rev: K.0
Type: Direct-Access ANSI SCSI revision: 02

At this point all you need to do is insert a disk and Linux will auto-mount and you can now access the files.

IOMEGA zip100


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