Parallel port external Zip drive to a non-parallel port PC

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March 20, 2012 at 11:51:58
Specs: windows 7 premium home sp1, 4.00 gb
I have a parallel zip drive but would like to hook it up to a computer that does not have a parallel port. Is there a way to make this work?

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March 20, 2012 at 12:01:58
Hello Julie,

Perhaps if you advised the make and model of the computer you have and the ports it has, it would help responders here to reply.

If you have a usb port:-

i) a usb to parallel convertor cable is available. (use google for details)
However you might try searching here for further details, as I seem to recall some users found they did not work for them.

ii) perhaps a better (and cheaper) solution is forget the zip drive and purchase a thumb drive. These are now relatively inexpensive with quite a large capacity.

Please advise back what you decide.

Good Luck - Keep us posted.

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March 20, 2012 at 13:37:07
You can buy a pci to parallel board or a usb to parallel adapter and use it.

You'd also have to watch the software since it is so old.

As Mike states, it is pretty much useless now. USB drives are $2 that have more storage than those.

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March 21, 2012 at 00:18:57
If for some reason you need or want to continue using a zip drive, here's the type of card you'd need (for a desktop):

Or, USB 100 meg zip drives seem to be going for $15 - $20 on ebay. Some are powered throiugh the USB port, others with an AC adapter. The ac adapter is the same as with the parallel one you have now so if you find someone selling one without the adapter you may be able to get it cheaper. I didn't see any currently listed that way.

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