Re: [PARPORT] Iomega Zip 250MB Drives

David Campbell (
Fri, 29 Jan 1999 15:19:22 +0800

Date sent: Thu, 28 Jan 1999 23:02:33 -0330 (NST)
From: Neil Zanella <>
To: David Campbell <>
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Subject: Re: [PARPORT] Iomega Zip 250MB Drives

> Hello,
> The imm 0.18 driver worked with my Zip250 drive and kernel 2.0.36.
> The driver works with both 250MB and 100MB disks as I was able to mount
> both on my /mnt/zip mount point.
> The howto mentions the development of some software for Linux to remove the
> file 50ways.exe that appears on both my iomega zip disk and my maxell zip
> disk. As far as I understand this file has some built in mechanism to
> prevent the zip drive from writing an ext2fs file system to the drive,
> making the Zip drive read-only under Linux. So to make an ext2fs file
> system I must reboot to DOS, configure my new zip drive under windows (which
> frankly I do not feel like doing as I don't care much for windows) and
> do something to the floppy to unprotect it.

You are talking about ziptools for Linux? From memory the source can
be found be retrieved by anonymous ftp from, Grant wrote the original program
quite sometime back and I have not made ANY modifications to it. The
date stamp on the file is May 1996.

Time for me to read the HOWTO [showing my ignorance and how long
since I bought a ZIP disk, 2 years since I bought a Gigapack].

David Campbell
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a) Get ZIP Plus drive back from waranty claim
b) Maintain Linux ZIP drivers (need to update docs)

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