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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

 

2 Responses to “How To Read an IOMEGA ZIP 100 Drive on Ubuntu Linux 12.04”

  1. Edwin Barton says:

    Actually the IOMEGA Zip 100 drive came in a variety of interfaces. As you know there was a parallel port version (I used to own an Epson branded parallel port version that had a sort of greyish-beige case), and a SCSI version (both internal and external SCSI, I used to own one of the external SCSI (with a solid blue case, there were some external Zip 100’s that sold with a translucent blue case as well) ones which connected to a SCSI adapter card that you installed in the PC, it also could be daisy-chained with other SCSI devices by connecting them to the second 25 pin connector on the back of the drive), there was also an ATAPI version and an IDE version (ATAPI is not the same as IDE in this instance), I actually have 3 of the IDE ones still sitting in a box in my garage currently (none of which are suffering the dreaded “click of death” fortunately). The IDE version can even be connected to a USB2IDE adapter and functions great this way without the need to install any additional packages in Linux, or the need for any special software in Windows even. I haven’t yet tested it with a SATA2IDE adapter though to see if it works alright when connected to an internal SATA port. And there was actually a USB 1.1 version of the Zip 100 drive as well, though it was produced at about the time the Zip 250 was introduced as a successor to the Zip 100.

    • newlife007 says:

      You are correct, there were several varieties of the ZIP drives, besides the parallel version I have the internal ZIP 100 and in the past have used many other SCSI attached and there is also the ZIP 250, thanks for the history on the ZIP.

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