Zip Drives on Windows 10

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  1. Posts : 12,430
    Win10 Version 21H2 Pro and Home, Win11 Pro
       #11

    I have a 250MB Iomega USB drive but also have a WinXP computer with an internal 250MB Zip drive and combination 5.25"/3.5" floppy drive, saved both against the time clients want data retrieved from those disks and also because more modern BIOSes don't have support for the A: and B: drives, motherboards don't have the port for them.
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  2. Posts : 7,257
    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
       #12

    What about trying them in XP in vmware.
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  3. Posts : 12,430
    Win10 Version 21H2 Pro and Home, Win11 Pro
       #13

    swarfega said:
    What about trying them in XP in vmware.
    Probably hardware issues, my computer's motherboard doesn't have the PATA 40-pin/80-pin port for the Internal Zip drive. It also does not have BIOS support for A: and B: drives or the necessary 34-pin port. USB Zip and 3.5" drives do work but I've never found an External 5.25" drive.
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  4. Posts : 5,818
    Win 11 Pro (x64) 21H2
       #14

    bobkn said:
    At the risk of being a little snarky: Delighted? Why?

    I suppose that you might have some old Zip 100 cartridges that you'd like to recover data from. Other than that, flash drives and modern optical media have rendered Zip100s about as useful as 1.44MB floppies.

    If you weren't in NZ, I might try to interest you in my old 21 MB Floptical drive. (I think that it may still be around in a closet, somewhere.) It was a failure in the market, as was its superior descendent, the LS120.

    WOW! What's up with all the hate? Just because you don't use zip drives doesn't mean others can't. Yeah, it's old tech, but it's old tech some want to use. How is that bother to you?
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  5. Posts : 5,818
    Win 11 Pro (x64) 21H2
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    Berton said:
    Probably hardware issues, my computer's motherboard doesn't have the PATA 40-pin/80-pin port for the Internal Zip drive. It also does not have BIOS support for A: and B: drives or the necessary 34-pin port. USB Zip and 3.5" drives do work but I've never found an External 5.25" drive.
    Definitely a hardware support issue on modern boards for the reasons above. And yeah, a USB drive would (should) work.
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  6. Posts : 1,366
    Windows 10 Pro x64
       #16

    I have an IDE Zip 250 drive that works perfectly fine within Windows 10. I connected it to an old mobo to see what was on some drivers.

    No hate, but I'd consider just using USB flash drives. They are actually more reliable than Zip, are much faster, and are far more convenient to use.
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  7. Posts : 4,439
    Win 11 Pro 22000.652
       #17

    sygnus21 said:
    WOW! What's up with all the hate? Just because you don't use zip drives doesn't mean others can't. Yeah, it's old tech, but it's old tech some want to use. How is that bother to you?
    Hate? Not intended.

    I was curious as to the poster's use of Zip 100 cartridges, whether it was for nostalgia or whether there was data to be recovered.

    If the poster would like to backup the Windows partition on a few hundred Zip 100 cartridges, that'd be OK with me. I still wouldn't call it practical.
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  8. Posts : 5,818
    Win 11 Pro (x64) 21H2
       #18

    bobkn said:
    I was curious as to the poster's use of Zip 100 cartridges, whether it was for nostalgia or whether there was data to be recovered.
    For clarity, I wouldn't use zip disks either, and I have about 50 or so new ones just sitting in my garage along with a USB Zip Drive.

    Anyway my response was to the way you initially addressed the OP. But yeah, I see no use for Zip disks when thumb drives are readily available and dirt cheap. But that's me.

    Peace
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  9. Posts : 12,430
    Win10 Version 21H2 Pro and Home, Win11 Pro
       #19

    As I said, I mostly need them for helping my clients recover data. The big shame with the Zip drives was the 750MB version was too late after CD-burning caught on with the 650MB discs. Adding to that was they could read/write the 250MB disk but read-only of the 100MB disk.
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  10. Posts : 2
    Windows 10
       #20

    Did anyone get the parallel port version of the Zip Drive 100 working on Windows 10? I just received a brand new one from eBay, unaware of the drive being a parallel port.

    My mother passed away in January and she had about 40 of these Zip disks still, which I would like to transfer all of her photos from those disks and backup on DVD and external hard drives so that I have all of her photos finally.

    I also bought a parallel to usb cord on Amazon just now in hopes that I can figure out the driver issue. Fortunately, the zip drive is brand new so I've got the original software if I need to get drivers from those disks.

    If no one figured this out yet, I'll let you know my progress in a few days after I get the parallel to usb wire from Amazon.

    Worst case scenario, I have an old PC that runs Vista at my warehouse still that I never parted with, and I might possibly still have my old Windows 98 machine in my attic. I'll be able to get these photos hopefully one way or another, but I'd prefer to do it on my MSI GT72VR 7RD Dominator if possible instead of one of those old relics / boat anchors!
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