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Anyway to Read Old Zip Disks and Floppies?
Posted by: rapayn1
Date: October 15, 2019 08:15PM
I was cleaning out an elderly relative's house and discovered a bunch of boxes of floppies and Iomega Zip disks. I don't have any old Macs. The iMac I am using right now is an old late 2015 version that is now running 10.13.6 (High Sierra). I have nothing SCSI or any parallel ports. Not knowing what is on the disks, I don't want to just throw them out. Might be old family photos or letters, or something of value not to people going through trash, but to other family members. I don't want to spend money to send these boxes off to some company/service that will transfer the data for a fee? I can still read CDs, and DVDs. I can still view and transfer VHS and 8mm tapes, but I have no way of dealing with the 3.5" floppies and the Zip disks. My choices are this iMac that I just mentioned, an iPad, an iPhone and a MacBook from 2013.
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Re: Anyway to Read Old Zip Disks and Floppies?
Posted by: Harbourmaster
Date: October 15, 2019 08:28PM
USB Zip Drive.

USB Floppy Drive.



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Re: Anyway to Read Old Zip Disks and Floppies?
Posted by: jh
Date: October 15, 2019 08:59PM
Amazon has both usb floppy and zip drives. Floppy drives are relatively inexpensive, zip drives are pricey in my opinion. May want to look at the used option to see what is available.
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Re: Anyway to Read Old Zip Disks and Floppies?
Posted by: rapayn1
Date: October 15, 2019 09:24PM
All,

Duh!! Thanks. I see one external USB Zip drive for sale on eBay. The Amazon listings are crazy expensive. Not willing to pay $200 for one of these. Do I then need to run this in a virtual window? I mean I can't see how it is going to read data off of a zip disk or floppy that may have been formatted in OS 7, 8 or 9, if I am now running OS X. Do I need to download an emulator? Or if it is really just text, GIFs and JPEGs, will it still be able to be read once connected to this iMac?
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Re: Anyway to Read Old Zip Disks and Floppies?
Posted by: C(-)ris
Date: October 15, 2019 10:20PM
Pick up one of PeterB's machines. Something in the pile must have a Zip Drive.



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Re: Anyway to Read Old Zip Disks and Floppies?
Posted by: freeradical
Date: October 15, 2019 10:44PM
The Mac can even read and write to FAT32.
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Re: Anyway to Read Old Zip Disks and Floppies?
Posted by: PeterB
Date: October 15, 2019 11:15PM
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Pick up one of PeterB's machines. Something in the pile must have a Zip Drive.

Ummm I have like 2-3 internal Zip drives, and 2-3 external ones (including SCSI and USB) ... I didn't list any of that because ... well ... the list was already getting too long. grinning smiley




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Re: Any way to Read Old Zip Disks and Floppies?
Posted by: Buzz
Date: October 16, 2019 03:48AM
I gave like a gazillion computers (w/ internal Zips) and mass quantities of external zip drives to Harbourmaster over the years, including IIRC, the very rare, venerable VST wavy red FW Zip 250 drive. For emergencies, I kept USB floppy and Zip drives, as well as floppy and Zip modules for the swappable drive bay in my Pismo.



Several years ago, when I was consolidating all the acquired Zip data, I found that a bunch of Zip disks were finicky about being read, and sometimes I had to try a few different drives in order to get the data off of them. There were only maybe 2 or 3 Zip disks that exhibited the dreaded click-of-death and could not be recovered.

Borrow a USB Zip drive locally, and get as much data off as you can, then maybe send the stubborn disks out for recovery, or borrow another Zip drive and try again. I'm gonna assume the disks are 100's and 250's, and not 750's. When I did my final project, I had four or five Zip drives going at once. Not what I'd call fun, but more a reason to celebrate when done. Where are you located?
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Re: Anyway to Read Old Zip Disks and Floppies?
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: October 16, 2019 06:01AM
......the old guys will be happy that someone is interested in reading their old....floppies [ modern medicine can now help with the old floppy situation ]......



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Re: Anyway to Read Old Zip Disks and Floppies?
Posted by: wurm
Date: October 16, 2019 08:58AM
All I think of when I see Zip Discs is the infamous "Click Of Death". Good luck.
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Re: Anyway to Read Old Zip Disks and Floppies?
Posted by: S. Pupp
Date: October 16, 2019 09:45AM
Do the floppies have two holes at the bottom, or one? Do they have an "HD" logo?
If two holes and/or HD logo, they should work with a USB floppy drive. If only one hole and/or without the HD logo, they won't.
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Re: Anyway to Read Old Zip Disks and Floppies?
Posted by: rapayn1
Date: October 16, 2019 09:56AM
The floppies have two holes at the bottom. The Zip disks are all of the 100 variety.
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Re: Anyway to Read Old Zip Disks and Floppies?
Posted by: pqrst
Date: October 16, 2019 11:07AM
You might try calling a local print shop or embodiery shop. Floppies are still being used in that business. Maybe they will read it for you. Any idea if they are pc or Mac format?



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Re: Anyway to Read Old Zip Disks and Floppies?
Posted by: Janit
Date: October 16, 2019 12:29PM
Check your local craigslist, you might luck out. I saw a USB ZIP 100 on Long Island for $25, "never used."
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Re: Anyway to Read Old Zip Disks and Floppies?
Posted by: Rolando
Date: October 16, 2019 10:24PM
If you can get a USB drive, you can even get the files onto an iPad!
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Re: Anyway to Read Old Zip Disks and Floppies?
Posted by: rapayn1
Date: October 16, 2019 11:42PM
WOW!! Thank you all. Zip drive is on the way from an eBay seller and I still do not have the 3.5" floppy drive yet. I might still have a Bronze keyboard G3 Lombard 333MHz Powerbook, but with no battery and no power cord, I have no way to see if it will boot. It used to have modules that acted like a DVD/CD player, Zip drive and even a floppy diskette I think. Need to get to my dad's attic this weekend. I hope I find something worthwhile on all of the discs after going through all of this. LOL!!!
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Re: Anyway to Read Old Zip Disks and Floppies?
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: October 17, 2019 06:09AM
....check your local library....some still have 'backward' technology.....



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