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Old 06-30-2003, 09:47 PM   #1
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mount to zipdrive


i have a zipdrive, iomega zip. so, what is the device that i should mount to? pls advise. thanks.

Old 06-30-2003, 10:22 PM   #2
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hi there.
i use parallel-port zip drive, so assuming u are using the same, this is what i did.

1. you have to load modules (that support the zip drive).

for older zip drive - modprobe ppa
for newer zip drive - modprobe imm

if it works, u'll get back a prompt.. if not,then there'll be lotsa error msg.
try to use insmod(install module) instead of modprobe.

* btw, u have to running as root

2. make the mount point.

mkdir /mnt/zip

3. mount the zip drive into the directory.

mount -t vfat /dev/sda4 /mnt/zip

4. when u want to remove the disk,make sure to unmount it first.

i didn't get them all smooth n running the 1st few time (especially when loading module), so if this method don't work, try google around for other tips too.. . if i remembered, there's a manual page in iomega website too.
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What kind of drive is it, USB, IDE, parallel or SCSI?

If it was attached during the install it might of configured it for you. Do you see and shortcuts on the desktop?
Old 07-24-2003, 12:11 AM   #4
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Angry mounting Iomega Zip drive

Im new to Linux. I have Red Hat 9. i cannot mount my internal 100MB Zip drive. The computer is a dual boot and the drive works fine in XP. i tried what it said in the thread but it wouldn't work. i followed the directions at
. I got thru step 2 (making the directory) but when i entered step 3 ( 1. /dev/sda4 /mnt/zip100.0 vfat noauto,user 0 0) i was told i didn't have access. i WAS logged in as root user.
If i try to mount using right click i get "Nautilus was unable to mount the selected volume."
Does anyone have any ideas?
Old 07-24-2003, 12:45 AM   #5
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Assuming the ZIP drive is connected and detected.

At the console type dmesg. Scroll through the messages and find your zip. You can also try typing dmesg | grep -i iomega or dmesg | grep -i zip. This will show your zip drive and none of the other other messages. After that, take what device it saids. It could be hdb or hdc. Log in as root or su and type
mount -t auto /dev/hdb /mnt/zip100. You can name your directory to anything you want. Don't use periods because its a little more work typing it in the console. After it works you can add it to your fstab file. You may want to add sync to the zip drive just in case. Zips sometimes don't write to the disk instantly.

What auto does in mount -t, LINUX will look at your medium or disk and use the right filesystem. ZIPs, LS-120, floppy, and other mediums can be formatted for just about any filesystem.
Old 07-24-2003, 07:20 PM   #6
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An internal zip drive is an IDE interface not a parrallel. So you need to add the ide-scsi module and add the append hdx=ide-scsi to your bootloader. Where hdx is where your zip drive is located.
Old 07-24-2003, 07:31 PM   #7
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you seriously need to learn how computer works before trying to mess with linux.
internal is NOT parrallel, but IDE or SCSI. If you never heard 'bout SCSI, you probably don't have it, so it's probably IDE. /dev/sda4 is a SCSI block device (sda4 = scsi device A, partition 4).

locate witch device is your Zip first, then try to mount it. Trying any device at random will get you nowhere.
(dmesg | less and look for Iomega Zip drive)

as example, this is how I mount my IDE zip drive :
mount /dev/hdd1 /mnt/zip
and this is how I mount my SCSI zip :
mount /dev/sdb1 /mnt/zip
Old 08-05-2003, 11:15 PM   #8
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Wink mounting internal zip drive in redhat 9

Hi, since this is a " newbie question " i will try to help out with what you need to get it to work.. once thats done you can go about learning the details:

if you installed rh9 correctly and have an internal zip drive

( which several people point out is most likely a drive connected to the IDE/ATAPI connector and bus ) ( note that some internal zip drives can be SCSI or even USB )

all you should have to do is type:

mount /mnt/zip

then cd to the /mnt/zip drive (or let nautilus show you what is in it)

to verify that this simple command may be possible just look in your /mnt directory and see if redhat already made the /mnt/zip directory.

if so then you are set up already: just run "mount /mnt/zip",

if not then do this :

look in /var/log/messages file for a line like this:

Aug 3 13:10:41 localhost kernel: hdd: IOMEGA ZIP 100 ATAPI, ATAPI FLOPPY drive

you can do this by:

grep IOMEGA /var/log/messages

note that my zip drive is device hdd or more precisely /dev/hdd
which means it is an ATAPI or ide drive: so i would use ide-scsi

mkdir /mnt/zip
modprobe ide-scsi
mount /dev/hdd /mnt/zip

have fun with your system .. a newbie should treat it as a game or puzzle and enjoy the search .. there are many different ways of doing the same thing, see if you can find some others.
Old 08-05-2003, 11:21 PM   #9
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Wink unmounting a zip drive

almost forgot : unmounting a zip drive is just as simple in redhat 9 :


eject zip

umount /mnt/zip will simply unmount it


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