External USB ZIP Drive

October 9, 2009 at 06:11:34
Specs: windows vista, 2 gb
Hi
I have a Fujifilm 100MB Zip Disk which contains album artwork. A yellow hand-written note containing instructions on the ZIP Disk case states at-the-end that the Disk is "MAC FORMATTED" I run Windows Vista and have 2 questions. 1. If I purchase an external Zip Drive, can it be connected using a USB cable from Computer to Zip Drive? Question 2. As it is "MAC FORMATTED", will I be able to open and print the files on my Windows Vista computer?
I look forward to your replies.
Thanks
Danny1234

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#1
October 9, 2009 at 06:33:00
It would be better if you could find a Mac. You should be able to read the disk in a Windows machine, but the file is probably written by Mac software. You would need file translation software ro see the images in Windows.

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#2
October 9, 2009 at 12:38:38
I'm pretty sure a PC won't read a Mac zip disk. But are you sure it's formatted for Mac or do you just assume so because of the label? Any Mac disk can be reformatted for PC. I do that all the time with the various zip disks I pick up. If you're sure it was last used in a Mac then it's obviously Mac formatted. Otherwise you may want to try it in a PC just to see what happens.

Oh, and just to make sure, you can't reformat it to PC now and access the contents since formatting will wipe the disk.


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#3
October 9, 2009 at 13:02:19
hi
the artwork was created on a MAC machine and the ZIP disk I have says "MAC FORMATTED". I don't want to buy a ZIP USB Drive if my Vista PC won't be able to read it or print the contents which is the aim. Does anyone know if I can definately view and print the ZIP disk on a Windows Vista PC?
Thanks for your replies and hope someone can answer my specific question.
Thanks
Danny 1234

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#4
October 9, 2009 at 14:26:15
I managed to find one Mac formatted disk I hadn't reformatted to PC. I put it in the zip drive in this 98 machine and it was seen as 'not formatted'. I fired up the XP machine and put it in an external USB zip drive and it was seen OK. It showed an NTFS format so I don't think it depends on whether it's an internal or external drive but whether the OS can see NTFS. So it should work OK in a Vista machine.

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#5
October 9, 2009 at 15:18:56
You might want to hold off on that. I've been trying to find out exactly what 'mac formatted' means in relation to zip disks. PC zip disks are FAT but can be fomatted to NTFS. So the used disk I have could possibly have been formatted on a PC running an NTFS OS.

I guess most Mac stuff is HFS but haven't yet found if that includes Mac zip disks. I'll post back if I find what format Mac zip disks come with.


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#6
October 9, 2009 at 16:27:28
If you have a printing service in town they may have a Zip drive on a Mac. Mac were frequently used in typesetting and graphic arts shops. Zip disks were used before CD's.

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#7
October 9, 2009 at 19:05:18
I couldn't find out for sure but I think it's HFS. There's conversion software. Check the last posts here:

http://forum.dvdtalk.com/tech-talk/...

Zip drives are cheap on ebay. You should be able to pick up a USB 100 meg for $10 -$15. A 250 meg will work too. I noticed some on ebay are 'buy it now' for $30 - $40. Ignore those. They won't sell unless an idiot comes along.


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#8
October 10, 2009 at 02:32:16
hi
thanks for your research and replies.
i don't want to take the zip disk to a local printers if i can help it as i want to avoid the expense and print it myself.
i'll try the tech-talk links to HFS after i've bought the usb zip drive and see what happens. i'll let you know how i get on in around a week's time.
thanks
Danny1234

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