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Iomega Zip Drive (Parallel Port) Devices Work Under Linux

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 30, 2003 2:28 am    Post subject: Iomega Zip Drive (Parallel Port) Devices Work Under Linux Reply with quote

If you own an older (or newer) Iomega Zip Drive, you won't find how to support it on the Iomega website. What follows are instructions for configuring a 100 MB Iomega Zip Drive (Parallel Port) Device in linux running Linux Kernel 2.2.14 or higher.

Note: To perform these steps, you must be logged on as root, NOT super user (su).

1. Use modprobe to install the following driver:
[b]modprobe ppa[/b] for older parallel port drives

2. Add the following mount point for your Drive:
[b]mkdir /mnt/zip100.0[/b]
Note: If you have more than one drive, make other mount points in succession
/mnt/zip100.1, /mnt/zip100.2, etc.

3. Go to /etc/fstab and add the following line:
[b]/dev/sda4 /mnt/zip100.0 vfat noauto,user 0 0[/b]

4. Mount your drive as follows:
[b]mount -t vfat /dev/sda4 /mnt/zip100.0[/b]
Note: You must use /dev/sda4 as this is the device the ppa driver recognizes.

Once the drive is mounted, you may format the drive to a linux filesystem. To format
the drive to the journaling filesystem, do the following:

5. Make the ext3 (journaling) fs by using the following command:
[b]mke2fs -c -j /dev/sda4[/b] use -c to check drive; -j to create ext3 fs using the mke2fs command
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