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Old 11-18-2002, 03:13 PM   #1
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Mounting Zip drive under Slackware

I'm sure this question has been answered before, but I can't seem to get any decent search results on it here. I put in "zip drive" on a search, but it brought up all kinds of irrelevant messages. I don't know what else to do but post.

I have an ATAPI Zip 100MB drive, and I've had it working under linux before, and I'm pretty sure all I did was mount it with type vfat as /dev/hdd or /dev/hdd4, I can't remember which, but neither one is working anymore. I have the fat, vfat, and msdos modules loaded, and I also have the ide-floppy module loaded. In the kernel configuration tool menuconfig, the help file states that the ide-floppy module is what allows use of ATAPI Zip and LS120 drives, but when I try to mount my drive, I get the following error after issuing the command 'mount -t vfat /dev/hdd(4) /mnt/zip':

mount: wrong fs type, bad option, bad superblock on /dev/hdd(4), or too many mounted file systems
(could this be the IDE device where you in fact use ide-scsi so that sr0 or sda or so is needed?)

I know it's not the filesystem modules, because msdos floppies mount just fine. I've had this working before, and I don't even recall having to use the ide-floppy module in the past (maybe it was compiled into the kernel), but from what I've read, this should work. Any suggestions?

Old 11-18-2002, 03:43 PM   #2
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could you post the line from your fstab that defines the zip drive.
Old 11-18-2002, 03:51 PM   #3
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I found that using the ide-floppy module generally ends in tears, these days. I would suggest using the ide-scsi option instead, and then rather than trying to mount /dev/hdd4, you mount /dev/sda4 (presuming you don't have any other scsi disks before it ).
Old 11-18-2002, 04:35 PM   #4
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Thumbs up Awesome

I am already using the ide-scsi module, and I did the mount -t vfat /dev/sdb4 (home directory is sda) /mnt/zip and it worked great.

It was actually not already in the /etc/fstab, since I hadn't gotten it to mount yet.

Thanks a bunch!!


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