ZIP-Drive on Sun/Solaris

ZIP-Drive on Sun/Solaris

Post by Klaas Albert Tals » Wed, 25 Nov 1998 04:00:00



Hello,

i'm sure this is posted before, but how do i connect a ZIPdrive to my
SS2 running Solaris 2.5.1

If anyone could point me to the right information, that would be very
helpfull.

GRTNx,

Klaas Talsma

http://www.xs4all.nl/~kltalsma/
ICQ: 20190939

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ZIP-Drive on Sun/Solaris

Post by Richard L. Hamilt » Wed, 25 Nov 1998 04:00:00


If it's a SCSI Zip drive, just shut down the system, plug it in, and set
the SCSI target to an available address.  If it's a parallel Zip drive,
you can't.

For information on formatting the Zip cartridges including format.dat entry,
see http://www.iomega.com/support/documents/2019.html
(the equivalent for 1GB Jaz drives would be 4019.html)

Also see http://fy.chalmers.se/~appro/ziptool.html
for a program that can make formatting 100MB Zip and 1 and 2 GB Jaz drives
easier, as well as manipulate the drive protection modes and autosleep
interval.

If the Zip is anything like the Jaz, the cartidge that comes with the
drive contains software for both Windows and Mac, and cannot be reformatted
without some shenanigans.  The special format essentially requires one to
commit to either the Windows or the Mac version of the software and format
as part of accessing the cartridge.  Either do that on a Windows system
prior to trying to reformat the drive on a Sun, or try the following:

Bring up "format" with another, blank cartridge in the drive, select the
drive, and indicate the drive type (referring to the format.dat info you
entered earlier).  Then eject the blank cartridge, put in the tools
cartridge, and select the format option from "format"'s menu.

I have yet to see any detailed info on the recently announced 250MB Zip,
but I haven't been digging for it either.



> Hello,

> i'm sure this is posted before, but how do i connect a ZIPdrive to my
> SS2 running Solaris 2.5.1

> If anyone could point me to the right information, that would be very
> helpfull.

> GRTNx,

> Klaas Talsma

> http://www.xs4all.nl/~kltalsma/
> ICQ: 20190939

> The beginning of all wisdom is defining the terms

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ZIP-Drive on Sun/Solaris

Post by Rob Fu » Wed, 02 Dec 1998 04:00:00




Quote:>Hello,

>i'm sure this is posted before, but how do i connect a ZIPdrive to my
>SS2 running Solaris 2.5.1

>If anyone could point me to the right information, that would be very
>helpfull.

I've posted my notes at
  http://wks.uts.ohio-state.edu/sun/tips/zip-solaris.html

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1. Iomega Zip Drive on Sun-Solaris 2.4?

To make it short, here is the question:
Is it possible to use a Iomega Zip Drive on a Sun Sparc 10/30 running Solaris 2.4?

I found nothing on this question in the Solaris 2 FAQ , nor at Iomega WWW site.
I also send an email to this company, and received no answer (yet).
If you can redirect me to a better place to have an answer, many thanks.
Should you prefer not to clog this list with your answer, please do answer me
by email.

Reasons for this question and considering a Zip drive:
1) There is this Sun machine mentioned above in my office, and due to budgets cuts
    (University) our part-time network specialist has been reduced to 0%. Thus a need
    for a convenient media for back-up in my office, because there are no more
    scheduled back-up for the network (I know that it could be dangerous).

2) At home, I have a PC running Windows 95. Currently no back-up unit.
   Would like to have the same convenient, portable machine to do back-ups on the
    PC and the Sun. Currently no SCSI controller on the PC. Parallel port are available
   on both the PC and the Sun.

3) Need a convenient way to move files from office to home and vice-versa.
   Diskettes are not convenient for this. My needs could be met with 100 Mb Zip
   floppy.It will probably take me a long time to fill up a couple of 100 Mb, so media
   capacity is not really an issue.

4) Zip drive, I was told, are convenient, not too expensive, and the machine itself
   is affordable. I wish to avoid having two incompatible bac-up units. MOving files
   in a convenient fashion is an important issue.

5) I was told these units are easy to operate. The limiting factor seems to be the
   possibility of having the Sun machine operate the Iomega unit. Iomega supports
   MAc and PC but says nothing on UNIX. I am not really familiar with "drivers", and
   was told that it could be the missing thing on a UNIX OS.

Should you have other low cost and easy solutions to this back-up + moving file
problems, your comments will be appreciated.

Regards,

Louis Adam
Prof., Ecole D'actuariat, Universite Laval, Quebec, Canada

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