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Re: Getting a Zip Drive to Work

On Wed, 6 Aug 2003 TMButler60@aol.com wrote:

>        Having just installed Debian (as a new Linux user) I am having
> problems getting my internal zip-drive to work. Mainly as I cannot figure out which
> device it is and becuase I need to have the edits to the fstab I need to make
> explained.
>        Any help & explanations would be very much appreciated.

As the ATAPI model seems to be the most popular I'll show you what you
need to know for installing such a beast. For SCSI only the first step
will differ.

First find out which IDE channel you're using:

grep ZIP /var/log/messages

OK, in my case that gives


However, this is not enough because for some never explained reason
Iomega has formatted some ZIP disks with a filesystem on hdd4
some others just on hdd. Some you need to figure out what is applicable
to your situation. Trial and error may be the fastest route in this case
as there are only two options. Or you could just build your own
filesystem on them with mke2fs.

Here's what I have in my /etc/fstab for the ZIP drive:

/dev/hdd4  /zip    ext2    defaults,user,noauto    0 0
#/dev/hdd4 /zip    vfat    defaults,user,noauto,uid=1000,gid=1000 0 0

The first entry is the one I use normally, but sometimes I need to mount
ZIP disks from friends that are using "that other OS". That's what the
second entry is for.


Grx HdV

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