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Re: Just a tip for you zip100 users

Deryk Barker wrote:

Thus spake John Manko (jmanko@monkeynet.org):

I've been running RedHat for a few years now, but decided to change to Debian
to test myself, :).  And I've been learning a lot.

I decided to backup to my zip some code I was working on.

However, after the "conversion", I couldnt mount the zip under debian, and it was killing me.
Until I took a very close look at dmesg....

# dmesg | more


hdc: Hewlett-Packard CD-Writer Plus 8200, ATAPI CD/DVD-ROM drive
ide1 at 0x170-0x177,0x376 on irq 15
hdc: ATAPI 24X CD-ROM CD-R/RW drive, 2048kB Cache, DMA
Uniform CD-ROM driver Revision: 3.12
ide-floppy driver 0.97.sv
hdd: 98304kB, 196608 blocks, 512 sector size
hdd: 98304kB, 96/64/32 CHS, 4096 kBps, 512 sector size, 2941 rpm
Partition check:
hdd: hdd4


Do you notice that the zip (hdd) drive is actually partitioned (hdd4)? so, instead of mounting

# mount /dev/hdd /mnt/zip -t vfat

I have to

# mount /dev/hdd4 /mnt/zip -t vfat

It took me a while to realize this, and quite a pain in the ass.....

Hmmm, this is strange. I've been using a Zip drive for several years,
attached to a SCSI adapter, through various flavours of Mandrake (OK,
I've seen the error of my ways) and *always* had to mount it as
The reason it's partition 4 is apparently to do with Mac
well, i wonder. I have only 2 IDE devices, so why are they mounting as hdc and hdd instead of hda and hdb? That does seem strange.
Also, does anyone know why Mac needs the partition 4?
Where zip's originally designed to be used with Mac hardware?


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