Iomega 250 External Zip Dr Questions

Dell / Dimension 2350
February 21, 2010 at 11:14:31
Specs: Windows XP Home SP 3, 4 CPU/1 GB
Hi, Folks, Not sure if this is the right catagory, but didn't see any others that suited.

Someone gave me an Iomega 250 External Zip Drive, but not any paper instructions.

However, I do have the Application CD & User's Manual CD. Do I run that before or after I plug in the zip drive?

Also, I've been perusing the Internet for help, and have come across a few websites that seem to infer that the zip drive is not compatible with Windows XP.

Before I blindly go ahead and plug it into a USB port, does anyone know if this is correct, and if it is compatible with XP, do I simply plug it in?

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February 21, 2010 at 12:24:12
... you may need the driver, click link below should work with 250:


... Posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties

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February 21, 2010 at 12:44:38
A trawl via google for:

iomega zip drive drivers xp

brings up quite a few useful responses... An early one shows that the drivers for XP are here at the Iomega site:

These may be the internal version; but possibly apply equally well to external?


(sorry about long link) takes you to Iomega drive wizard site; and appears to say the drivers are again available...

And if you go here:

(more direct starting point etc. to all Iomega drivers ) you can navigate your way to the usb-version of your 250Meg drive... and acquire drivers that way... Perhaps thislatter path is the best?

Presumably the manual you have will dictate the correct way to install the drive and drivers? If not then likely the full instruction manual is also on the above Iomega site (under support)?

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February 21, 2010 at 13:19:12
Not what you asked I realise, but 250M is pretty darned small when you can get flash drives for 2G+ so cheaply these days.

some other bloke...

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February 21, 2010 at 13:45:20
I apologize. I didn't look on the Iomega website throughly enough. I completely missed the Tabs. I've now found the Quick Install Drive & User's Manual.

Thanks so much.

P.S. Yes, I know a flash drive would be better, but this was free, and better than nothing.

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February 21, 2010 at 14:01:04
Hope it works out for you.

some other bloke...

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February 21, 2010 at 14:30:59
I downloaded the driver & 1 Step Backup from the Iomega website, but everytime I try to start a backup, I get a Windows Error Message.

Anyone have any idea why?

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February 21, 2010 at 15:54:12
mmm and the error message is?

Often I have found that installation errors for "some" devices can be avoided by installing the driers in safe-mode...

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February 21, 2010 at 15:55:36
I doubt I can help on this but to help others:

1. Can you give the exact error message (or as near as you can get)?

2. What are you trying to backup - you can't get much on 250M?
Just wondering if that is the problem.

some other bloke...

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February 21, 2010 at 16:10:58
I'm so bad at this stuff. I used to love solving computer issues; now, I just want things to work.

The Windows Error Message is REALLY long, so I hesitate to post it here.

I'll keep working on it, and when I have more information, I'll report back.

Thanks, everyone. :)

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February 21, 2010 at 16:14:18
Perhaps try safe-mode for installation; also read the manual again "very" carefully...; and maybe see what (if anything) Iomega can oofer in terms of help wit installation and possible error messages etc.?

Also I seem to recall that many usb devices are physically connected and powered up "after" one has installed the drivers?

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February 21, 2010 at 16:22:52
Yes, that last point from trvlr is worth noting. You could unplug the device then uninstall & re-install the drivers.

When you plug in the device before the drivers, Windows can sometimes come up with drivers which are unsuitable.

Even a clue about the error message might help.

Ooops, looks like my #8 overlapped your #7 (only a minute or so apart - I must have been typing slowly).

some other bloke...

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February 21, 2010 at 16:22:56
I did install the driver and restarted the computer before I connected the drive.

I'll fuss with it some more. I'll unstall and reinstall the driver in safe mode & read the manual again.

As for not being able to get much on the drive, I thought of that, so I tried to pick and choose, but still got the error message.

Thanks for your thoughts, trvlr. I appreciate them. :)

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February 21, 2010 at 17:03:19
This is the "Error Signature," whatever the heck that is:

AppName: dtiom98.exe AppVer: ModName: dtiom98.exe
ModVer: Offset: 00036b80

Windows won't let me highlight the really long error message.

I'm a fast typist. :)

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February 21, 2010 at 17:09:38
dtiom98.exe is the Iomega backup scheduler so it makes sense in terms of the problem you are having.

Only thing I can think is that you might have picked up the wrong backup software somehow. Make absolutely certain it matches the exact model of your drive. I'm assuming you can manually save files to it, which would prove that the drivers are suitable. Otherwise maybe tvrlr can help.

some other bloke...

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February 21, 2010 at 17:25:39
Thanks, Derek. I'm done dealing with it for tonight. I'll tackle it again tomorrow.

Stay tuned. :)

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