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Got this little beauty off of eBay for $25. I’d been really wanting one of these! Makes getting files from my PowerBook G4 to my vintage Macs so much easier! This was definitely a very good investment for my vintage Macs.

 

This one came with the the original Iomega carry bag, disks, cables and paperwork. 

 

At at first glance on eBay these things appear to be ridiculously expensive (like $60+), but if you are patient (like I was) they can be had for much, much less.

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Congrats, yes Zip drives are useful.

 

Expensive ones are the SCSI variant, the // port are much more cheaper.

 

Another option are Iomega Jaz, just collected a pair and those are probably more reliable than the Zip, and disk are bigger in size.

 

 

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27 minutes ago, bibilit said:

Another option are Iomega Jaz, just collected a pair and those are probably more reliable than the Zip, and disk are bigger in size.

I considered one of those (and do still plan to get one someday), but there doesn’t seem to be a USB version of those, so that would still make file transfer from more modern systems tricky. But as far as transferring files between two old Macs, it seems like a very good option

 

Edit: You could get one of those USB to SCSI dongles for the jaz, but those things are stupidly expensive! I really don’t know why though. I guess maybe because it’s a specialty item? Either way I think it’s really stupid being that they are probably made in China for about $5.

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USB to SCSI dongles are overpriced

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 You could get one of those USB to SCSI dongles for the jaz, but those things are stupidly expensive! I really don’t know why though. I guess maybe because it’s a specialty item? Either way I think it’s really stupid being that they are probably made in China for about $5.

Or found one for cheap...

 

Found one a couple of years ago for 1 euro, still boxed (not using it too much though)

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Nice zip find! I agree Zip drives can be had for a reasonable price if you stalk but $25 is an exceptionally good price for that lot. I’ve never even seen a case before. 

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8 hours ago, bibilit said:

Found one a couple of years ago for 1 euro, still boxed (not using it too much though

Wow! That was a good deal! They usually sell for about $100 to $150 on eBay (at least in the US anyways). I’ll have to keep my eyes peeled.

7 hours ago, tanaquil said:

I’ve never even seen a case before. 

I’ve seen them a few times before. It’s definitely a really cool accessory! :) 

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Just now, Unknown_K said:

You can get internal zip drives for Wallstreet laptops , I have a stack for Thinkpad 600's as well.

Yeah, I’d like to have one for my 600 series ThinkPads. I have one for my Pismo though.

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17 hours ago, PB145B said:

Wow! That was a good deal! They usually sell for about $100 to $150 on eBay (at least in the US anyways). I’ll have to keep my eyes peeled.

I’ve seen them a few times before. It’s definitely a really cool accessory! :) 

I had no idea they were going for so much on eBay.  I guess I should have figured that, being that prices seem to go insane on eBay.

 

I made it a habit back then to always order my Macs either with the Zip Drive built in (8600, G3, G4) or get the internal kit after.  I never had an external drive before the firewire version I bought.  

 

I did find a SCSI Zip 100 at a thrift store a year or so ago for $7 in the box.  It was actually brand new and everything was still in the factory bags.  I was quite happy about that, although I don't recall seeing a Macintosh disk in the package and I did unseal the envelope, but it has the PC disk and the Tools disk, which also has the Mac software on it.

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Great find, love the newish ones with accessories. The only one I have with the bag and tiny power brick is a Zip+ gifted to me by a member. Leave it to you to have a Zip carryall with a Parisienne flair, bibilit. Very cool. Have you guys got pics of your bricks? I'm wondering about variations for the portable sets.

 

About the PowerBook drives, all of mine have been upgraded with Zip250 mechanisms from Dell laptop modules, very handy for use with the USB variety on the Windows FirefoxWorkstation.

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Gave my SCSI zip, along with a bunch of other SCSI stuff I thought I'd never need again, to Goodwill several years ago.

Kicking myself now.

Recently ran across the Zip manual & driver floppy while sorting through old crap.

A painful reminder...

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2 hours ago, MOS8_030 said:

Gave my SCSI zip, along with a bunch of other SCSI stuff I thought I'd never need again, to Goodwill several years ago.

Kicking myself now.

Recently ran across the Zip manual & driver floppy while sorting through old crap.

A painful reminder...

 

Oh yeah, that hurts. I don't want to think about how much I spent on ebay re-acquiring a set of early 90s BMUG newsletters after I gave mine away (or possibly threw them in the trash *shudder*) before a cross country move that was priced by weight. At least I have them all back now (plus several earlier ones I didn't have previously).

 

One ill-advised donation can hamper a person's ability to declutter for a lifetime.

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I still have the SCSI Zip I bought from the local Mac shop back in like the late 90s to use with my IIsi. A little beat up but surprisingly still works without any issues.

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51 minutes ago, tanaquil said:

One ill-advised donation can hamper a person's ability to declutter for a lifetime.

Ha ha! Indeed! I already have issues with accumulating stuff. (Or so I am told.)

Now I'm more gun shy than ever!

I also got rid of an external SCSI Yamaha cd burner, a NIB XLR8 carrier card, and half a dozen loose SCSI HD's in that same dump...

Go ahead, shame me, I deserve it.:p

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I have a bunch of internal ZIP drives (mostly because of Mac G3/G4 towers) and a couple externals (parallel and SCSI). They come in hand for sneakernet and I have a big stack of media for them.

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At this point I have 3 external drives (2 parallel and one Zip250 USB) and four internal ones (beige G3, G3 B&W, Quicksilver G4, generic K6-2 AT box) but I still need a SCSI one.

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7 hours ago, Trash80toHP_Mini said:

Have you guys got pics of your bricks? I'm wondering about variations for the portable sets.

Here is the adapter that came with mine.

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For anybody in the Pacific Northwest, Seattle RePC has a couple large totes full of external ZIP drives.  Most are parallel, but there were quite a few SCSI units as well.  I briefly considered a 250MB external SCSI, but I realized I wouldn't have room in my luggage for the flight home.  I did pick up some PhoneNet dongles, serial cables, internal 50 pin SCSI ribbons, a brand-new 45w "yo-yo" power adapter, and its predecessor, the black rectangular PowerBook 45w adapter.  They had more of both in apparently good shape.  I also found a PowerBook VST Zip drive mixed in with hundreds of PC optical drives, but I left it for somebody else to find.

 

Also of note, they had a bunch of Jaz, Cliq and other less common removable media drives.

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Ouch! You really should have chucked some socks and wares to pack up that SCSI Zip 250. That's pretty much the ultimate retro-Mac sneakernet medium. Other media may be higher capacity, but 250MB Zip means you pretty much never have to mess with burning a CD to move a big file to a SCSI Mac from PC or any other Mac. That one's on my very short list. They're rare enough to fetch a quite a bit of money on eBay.

 

Careful, got one listed as SCSI that was parallel, there's another listed incorrectly on eBay right now. I've never seen the real deal priced at less than $100.

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On one of the RetroMacCast episodes [1], back when they were being made, they had an episode about Zip drives.

The contributor made the point that the version of the Iomega Driver extension was most important if you intend to create boot Zip disks for Macs that don't support the Iomega Driver v5 or higher.

If I remember correctly 8and I am open to correction on this), Iomega Driver v4.2 works in the Mac Plus and upwards. It supports internal and external SCSI Zip-100 (aka Zip-95) drives.

Iomega Driver 4.3 is needed if you want to reformat disks from one format (e.g. DOS) to another.

Iomega Driver 5.0 comes with Mac OS 8.1 and version 6 with Mac OS 9. Version 5 is needed for IDE Zip-Drives, 250-MB Zip drives as well USB Zip drives.

Disks created with version 4.2 or 4.3 with the appropriate System Folder will boot the appropriate Mac. Stick this Zip-disk into a Mac with a version 5 driver and the driver on the Zip-disk will be upgraded.

The disk will no longer be able to boot up Macs with the version 4.x Iomega Driver extension.

 

[1] https://retromaccast.ning.com/forum/topics/episode-423-zip-a-dee-doo-dah?commentId=1672786%3AComment%3A131810 (15 minutes in)

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Zip disks can also be formatted using Apple HD SC Setup, allowing them to operate seamlessly in any SCSI Mac.

 

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