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Iomega Zip Disk on 10.12?
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andi*pandi
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May 12, 2021, 07:30 PM
 
From what MacRumors posters say, you should be able to plug a zip drive in and have it appear on the desktop...

USB iomega zip drive, power cord, plugged into iMac 2013 usb port, various disks... 2 clicks and whirring but no icon on desktop. Disk Utility does not recognize the drive.

Tried 2010 mac pro, also 10.12, same.

should I put all this in the trash, hammering the disks in case anyone with a working drive finds them and wants my circa 2002 fonts and freehand files?
     
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May 13, 2021, 07:31 AM
 
Those things are so finicky. It could be the discs themselves, or you might actually have a drive that has fallen to the click-of-death. I have a USB Zip drive around here somewhere (which actually worked the last time I tried it). I'd be more than happy to try the discs for you, if you think they'd survive the trip in shipping.
     
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May 13, 2021, 10:00 AM
 
It worked the last time I used it, but that was several years ago. I remember the click of death being unrelenting clicking, not two clicks and a whir.

Thanks for the offer! I have a 10.9 laptop I will try next... before shipping.
     
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May 13, 2021, 12:39 PM
 
I tried it on older laptops running 10.6 and 10.9, and still no mounting, same behavior. I wondered if the usb cable was an issue, but when I closed the macbook the zip powered down so it seemed to know if it was connected.

Ah well.
     
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May 13, 2021, 04:46 PM
 
andi, I have to agree that the iOmega technology is flakey and not terribly dependable. I don’t know whether it’s as a crappy driver issue, a hardware being screwy issue, or a media issue. It could easily be all of them. One reason other technologies eclipsed the Zip disc was that they worked - cross platform - and did so dependably.

The only external Zip drive I have has a parallel port interface - which says how old that thing is. But all is not lost for that stack of old Zip discs I have on a shelf. I don’t have a huge urgency to do this, but I can get it done.

I have an old Dell laptop that has two bays; you can put batteries, floppy drives, and even a Zip drive in those bays, and somehow I wisely bought a Dell Zip drive for it.

Of course it runs Windows 98, and has USB 1.1 ports, so this won’t be a speedy process. But I will be able to transfer all of my Zip data to something more useable.

Glenn -----OTR/L, MOT, Tx
     
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Greetings from a member of the Jaz master race.
     
   
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