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Mac OS 10.4.11 does not recognize the Zoom H4 recorder

My MacBook Pro with Mac OS 10.4.11 does not recognize the Zoom H4 recorder and I need to move the sound files from the recorder to my computer. Is there a driver I can use to allow my computer to recognize the recorder? This is equipment that belongs to my church and I asked the purchaser if software came with the recorder, and he said it did not have any software in the package.

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  • devshea Oct 08, 2008

    "my disk is unreadable" when I plug in to my MacBook.

  • Anonymous Oct 15, 2008

    same here! trying to find a solution to this!

  • lusluc Oct 22, 2008

    I am trying to access the info off the zoom H4 on my Mac running OSX.4.11 but it does not recognise or see the H4 at all. Do I need to download a driver for it, if so how? The zoom site doesn't seem to have a driver for the Macs only the PC's.

  • richbaker Nov 13, 2008

    I have 10.5.5 and has the same issue

  • aint2techy Dec 01, 2008

    I have this same problem and don't understand how to get the upgrade from my Mac to the Zoom H4.  The Mac doesn't have an SD card reading port and the directions from the website are to download to the card then put the card into the Zoom for the download to complete.  Haven't even gotten to the Cubase program to see if there will be problems yet!  LITTLE HELP?

  • Anonymous Dec 25, 2008

    I'm really irritated, the Zoom website's downloads just don't work on my MacBook Pro. I need a solution fast.

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Mac OS 10.4 and higher require the Zoom H4 to be upgraded. 
Go to  http://www.zoom.co.jp/english/download/software/h4.php#a  and choose the download to version 2.20 that applies to you. The instructions are there, but it is a little tricky. You must download the upgrade to your computer and then transfer it to your Zoom SD card.  To do that you need an SD card reader.  I used my digital camera. I took the SD card out of the zoom and put it in the digital camera. I Plugged the camera into the computer and when the SD card icon appeared on the desktop I dragged the "System Bin" file from the download to the zoom folder.  The rest of their instructions were pretty good.   Good Luck.

Posted on Jan 24, 2009

I think an update to H4 Version 2.20 solves the problem. I'm about to try that. Go to  http://www.zoom.co.jp/english/download/software/h4.php#a for update software & instructions.

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Take it back to where you bought it and ask them to update the software for you. If they can't/won't maybe think about your level of support in future based on their service in this instance.
Bought it online cheaper than at your local music equipment supplier? Well, I guess you have learned the meaning of the universal inequality price does not equal cost.
Bud Jones Esq.

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