Using a Zipdisk on my Mac SE

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I recently bought an external parallel-port iomega zipdisk drive with a 100 mb zipdisk to "replace" my Mac SE's dead hdd. The only problem is that the iomega zipdisk driver 4.2 that I'm trying to use just doesn't want to load. I've been using a 800k disk tools floppy with system 6.0.8 on it and I've also tried to load the driver in system 7.1 on minivmac. Does anyone have any idea why it won't load and what I could do to make it load?

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No parallel port on Mac SE

That's a SCSI port. You need a SCSI Zip drive instead.

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Is this only for storage? You

Is this only for storage? You can't boot from a system on a zip disk, IIRC.

I once mounted a zip drive internally in a Mac Classic:
http://www.applefritter.com/node/10274

I see I put a warning in that thread about the dangers of working on the inside of a CRT Mac and included the threat of "even death." We had a big discussion here on that topic a while ago which ended up here:
http://www.applefritter.com/node/22353

But this is probably all here nor there for you.

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i was able to boot my old 620

i was able to boot my old 6200 from a zip disk but its painfully slow. might as well try and find a replacement hard drive.

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If you have a parallel Zip at

If you have a parallel Zip attached to the Mac's SCSI port, it's likely that you've already killed something.

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