Old zip drive... new Mac

Iomega Zip 100mb vl series usb external...
September 11, 2009 at 21:46:52
Specs: Macintosh 10.5.8
I just came across a stack of old Iomega 100 disks
and a Zip 100 USB disk drive that I used to store
documents and photos five or ten years ago.
I would like to review these disks, but my new Mac
G5 ( running 10.5.8 ) won't recognize the drive.
Is there any hope?

Thanks, John

Apparently it needs "Classic"

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September 11, 2009 at 22:32:09
I know zip disks come formatted for PCs or Macs so I assume there's some compatibility issue. You don't say what type of computer the disks were originally used in. This may help if they were originally PC:


Here's the driver download page for the USB 100:


Select your OS.

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September 11, 2009 at 23:07:29
The disks were all formatted for Mac, but in an older operating
My new Mac G5 does not recognize them.
I guess what I need is some sort of patch to allow me to load
the driver into OSX.

I guess...

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September 11, 2009 at 23:17:38
If it doesn't recognize the drive then you need to install the drivers. I don't know anything about mac drivers but there's a driver download for OSX at the above iomega page. (You'll have to copy and paste since computing.net doesn't convert HTTPS sites to a clickable link.)

If it sees the drive but nothing on the disks then I assume the disks have lost the info.

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September 12, 2009 at 10:41:58
Apparently it recognizes the drive. The message I get is
"The disk you inserted was not readable by this computer"

I have over a dozen disks which were in daily use some years
back and have been in a desk drawer for years. Is it really
likely that all of them are bad?

I'm thinking the new OS doesn't like the old driver.

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September 12, 2009 at 11:27:52
It's not always true but, generally, if the OS sees the drive then the drivers have done their job. If you had another blank disk you could experiment and see if the drive reads and writes to it OK.

I wouldn't say it's likey all the disks turned bad so maybe the problem is with the drive? Just because the hardware is seen OK doesn't mean it's working right. Is it possible for you to try the drive and disks on another mac with an older OS?

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September 12, 2009 at 11:37:37
I didn't ask, but did you install the OS X drivers from the iomega site? If not, any native support OS X has for the zip drives may not be enough.

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