My PC crashed, need drivers for the Iomega Zip 250 ATAPI 250MB
I purchased a Iomega Zip 250 ATAPI 250MB IDE Int Zip Drive 5 yrs ago. had issues with my PC shortly after. Now i wanted to use the drive with a newer pc and the drive needs drivers to work with this machine of mine. Modle # isz250atapi , P/N is 3016770. can you help ?
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I believe you can use a PATA drive to USB adaptor. Hopefully you have the software for the Iomega drive, or perhaps that is available from Iomega. I've never tried it with an Iomega but have with numerous other drives. I hope this helps.
Greetings - According to Iomega your 100 MB ZIP drive media should be fine at being at least readable (the Iomega software does not work with Win 7) natively by Win 7 and Vista. Since the drive is recognized I suspect the problem is actually the discs themselves.
It turns out that the discs were not very good at long term storage and are notorious enough to have a term referring to the problem as the "Zip Burp" where:
A) All files on the disk disappear
B) Just Compressed Formats such as JPG, ZIP, CAB, ECT Disapear
C) "The Disk Needs To Be Reformatted" message is displayed or
D) files disappear as you click them
The only way that I know to find out for sure if your discs are good is if you can find someone with an XP machine that will let you temporarily install your Zip drive (including the latest drivers) and see what happens.
1. Insert a blank disk into the zip drive 2. Give this disk a password (it can be any password, as long as you remember it) 3. Using the Ioega toolset, set the zip drive's sleep time to a large value (such as 1 minute) 4. Wait a while until the drive "spins down". You will hear the drive stop spinning. 5. Take a pin or a straighten paper clip and stick it into a hole in the back of the Zip drive. This will manually eject the blank disk. 6. Insert the disk you want to access (the one you don't know the password to) 7. now use the IoMega toolset to remove the password. When prompted for the password use the password from step (2). This is just a word of warning in case you store any important information like I used to on zip disks. Perhaps move to a more secure medium.