Zip Drives on Windows 10

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  1. Posts : 22
    Windows 10 Pro x64 2004 19041.388
       #1

    Zip Drives on Windows 10


    Does anyone know if Iomega (Now Lenovo EMC2) Zip drives are supported in Windows 10?
    I don't have one to test right now but plan on getting a 750MB one soon.

    Also, does anyone know, or have a snapshot, of what a Zip drive icon looks like in File Explorer? Did Microsoft create a unique icon for it like they did for floppy drive, or does it just show up as a generic external disk drive?
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  2. Posts : 5,478
    2004
       #2

    They aren't supported (the last supported Windows version was 32bit XP) but perhaps you saw this:

    I want to save people some pain and suffering here. First up, Jaz drives work perfectly in Windows 7, 8 or 8.1 64bit operating systems. I believe it will work in Windows 10, but I haven't tried that yet.

    Additional drivers are not required. What comes with Windows "out of the box" works. In Windows 8.1 I am using Microsoft Driver File Version 6.3.9600.16384. This information is not that important, becuase theses are generic Microsoft Drivers that ship with the OS.

    What IS important is that you have a SCSI Host Adapter (card) that has a driver for Windows 64bit. If you dont have a working SCSI card in Windows 64bit (any version), things are not going to work regardless of what you try for the Jaz drive.
    Iomega ZIP and JAZ dirvers for Windows 7 64bit - Page 2 - Lenovo Community
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  3. Posts : 4,439
    Win 11 Pro 22000.652
       #3

    lx07 said:
    They aren't supported (the last supported Windows version was 32bit XP) but perhaps you saw this:

    Iomega ZIP and JAZ dirvers for Windows 7 64bit - Page 2 - Lenovo Community
    How about USB Zip drives? No SCSI interface required.

    No personal experience. I can't recall how many years ago I retired my Zip100 drive. (It was an internal. I forget which interface it used.) For security, I erased my old Zip100 cartridges - using an 8 lb sledge hammer. (Didn't seem worth the effort to clean erase them.)
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  4. Posts : 8,635
    Mac OS Catalina
       #4

    Zip drives are no longer supported by Microsoft or the manufacturers. They may work with Linux, but that is highly doubtful, since the technology was more of a crutch between those who could not afford tape drives and the manufacturers thought that they were going to replace the 3.5" drives, which never happened.
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  5. Posts : 8,635
    Mac OS Catalina
       #5

    bobkn said:
    How about USB Zip drives? No SCSI interface required.

    No personal experience. I can't recall how many years ago I retired my Zip100 drive. (It was an internal. I forget which interface it used.) For security, I erased my old Zip100 cartridges - using an 8 lb sledge hammer. (Didn't seem worth the effort to clean erase them.)
    I just light a fire and toss any old media that needs to be destroyed into.
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  6. Posts : 204
    Win 10(64bit)
       #6

    My USB Zip drive worked perfect in win 10 home 64bit.
    tested it last week.
    it showed up as a Zip100 usb device in device manager and all my disks were read n writable.
    Also I didn't need to find or install any drivers
    Update
    just connected it back up and took a snapshot
    Zip Drives on Windows 10-capture.jpg
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  7. Posts : 1
    Win10 64bit
       #7

    What driver it is using? When I tried plugging in my zip100 using the USB cable the machine wouldn't let it boot - said there was an error and stopped it.

    shakennstirred said:
    My USB Zip drive worked perfect in win 10 home 64bit.
    tested it last week.
    it showed up as a Zip100 usb device in device manager and all my disks were read n writable.
    Also I didn't need to find or install any drivers
    Update
    just connected it back up and took a snapshot
    Zip Drives on Windows 10-capture.jpg
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  8. Posts : 7,128
    Windows 10 Pro Insider
       #8

    shakennstirred said:
    My USB Zip drive worked perfect in win 10 home 64bit.
    tested it last week.
    it showed up as a Zip100 usb device in device manager and all my disks were read n writable.
    Also I didn't need to find or install any drivers
    Update
    just connected it back up and took a snapshot
    Zip Drives on Windows 10-capture.jpg
    I'll have to check and see if I still have my old Zip drive. I'ts been so long since I used it I don't even remember what was on my Zip disk.
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  9. Posts : 1
    Windows 10 Pro
       #9

    I got a 2nd hand Iomega USB zip drive 100 and plugged it into my computer running Windows 10 Pro. I was delighted to find it was instantly recognised by Windows 10 and works perfectly.
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  10. Posts : 4,439
    Win 11 Pro 22000.652
       #10

    SteveXY said:
    I got a 2nd hand Iomega USB zip drive 100 and plugged it into my computer running Windows 10 Pro. I was delighted to find it was instantly recognised by Windows 10 and works perfectly.
    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.
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