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    Iomega Zip Drive 100 on new iMac--possible

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    Iomega Zip Drive 100 on new iMac--possible
    I found some old (duh) Zip 100s. Even if I found a cheap drive, would I be able to get it to run on my iMac, running OS X 10.6.3?

    What do you think?

    Thanks

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    Iomega Zip Drive 100 on new iMac--possible
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    The Zip drive will work just fine with the iMac. I use my old USB Zip250 with mine from time to time. There are no Iomega drivers for it, so it will only work as a removable drive...you will not have IomegaWare so you will not be able to lock a disk or anything like that. OS X will just treat it like a thumb drive when you insert a disk.

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    Iomega Zip Drive 100 on new iMac--possible
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    Another 'yes'. I add though that it's a USB Iomega, not the SCSI model, which wouldn't work via a USB adaptor. I did have a bit of bother getting Tiger to recognise the Io USB though. Panther mounts it as a USB device without blinking.
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    Iomega Zip Drive 100 on new iMac--possible
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    I am trying to get a 250 zip drive work with my 3 year old iMac OSX 10.5.8. The zip drive has an Iomega FireWire adapter attached to the bak... when I attach to a firewire cable to the iMac... it just whirs and spits out the zip disc. I have all these old zips and want to see what's on them!

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    Iomega Zip Drive 100 on new iMac--possible
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    Quote Originally Posted by tastyorange View Post
    I am trying to get a 250 zip drive work with my 3 year old iMac OSX 10.5.8. The zip drive has an Iomega FireWire adapter attached to the bak... when I attach to a firewire cable to the iMac... it just whirs and spits out the zip disc. I have all these old zips and want to see what's on them!
    I'm going to guess that the adapter you speak of converts from SCSI to Firewire and that's the hang-up. I would shop around for a used USB model.
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    Iomega Zip Drive 100 on new iMac--possible
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    It's actually all 3. I took off the adapter and tried the USB port... but that doesn't transmit the power... so I hooked up the power adapter and it still did the same thing... keeps running and spits out the cartridge.

    The funny thing is, the first time I tried it, it was quiet for a few moments and then acted up and spit it out.

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    Iomega Zip Drive 100 on new iMac--possible
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    Quote Originally Posted by tastyorange View Post
    It's actually all 3. I took off the adapter and tried the USB port... but that doesn't transmit the power... so I hooked up the power adapter and it still did the same thing... keeps running and spits out the cartridge.

    The funny thing is, the first time I tried it, it was quiet for a few moments and then acted up and spit it out.
    Are you certain the discs are in good working order? Magnetic media tends to degrade over time. So, if it's been a long time, you may be dealing with unreadable media.
    Liquid and computers don't mix. It might seem simple, but we see an incredible amount of people post here about spills. Keep drinks and other liquids away from your expensive electronics!

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    Iomega Zip Drive 100 on new iMac--possible
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    I tried a few.... besides the drive starts running loud before I even put the cartridge in... maybe it's no good.... as I recall they were always a pain to use years ago.... finnicky

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    Iomega Zip Drive 100 on new iMac--possible
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    Quote Originally Posted by tastyorange View Post
    I tried a few.... besides the drive starts running loud before I even put the cartridge in... maybe it's no good.... as I recall they were always a pain to use years ago.... finnicky
    I remember them having a "click of death" issue. And if I remember correctly, drives with that issue would destroy cartridges too. Hope that's not the case with yours.
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    Iomega Zip Drive 100 on new iMac--possible
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    i know someone with an older computer with an internal zip... maybe i'll try theirs

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