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What kind of cables does Iomega External CD-RW have ?

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I can buy one, but it doesen't have any cables. On ebay i only saw cables in bags (i cannot see theyr pins etc.). I am not sure about the Iomega External CD-RW i can buy, but it is a 52x32x52x i think. From what version of Apple system a  Iomega External CD-RW can be used ?

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That fast, it's almost certainly USB or Firewire.

 

It won't work on any 68k Mac, and it will only work as a data drive on PowerPC Macs with USB ports (with few exceptions, no booting PPC Macs from USB). It will fully work with Intel-based Macs, though.

 

There was an Iomega ZipCD product from much earlier, but even that is a USB drive. I don't believe Iomega built any SCSI CD drives.

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All the Iomega CD drives I have seen have been USB, plus some kind of four-pin round power adapter that's likely to be nearly impossible to find.

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Yes, that's an annoyingly common power adapter connector. I don't know why anybody who chose it went for it instead of a normal barrel plug.

 

I have or have had a handful of devices that use it, but I'm not confident that any of them share a pin-out, so I use labelmaker or a silver sharpie to differentiate between the ones for my different devices.

 

To be honest, unless you're going for a specific look, or you find one that's complete and it has drivers, etc, I don't know if I'd bother looking for a ZipCD or any of Iomega's subsequent CD products. You can find external optical drives that are as good or better.

 

For PPC Macs, an external Firewire drive would be much better, for example, and for Intel Macs, whatever's on the shelf at your local Best Buy or Office Depot is going to work well enough, and likely newer. I mentioned this elsewhere, as well, but at least in 10.7+, blu-ray readers and writers should work for data discs. I haven't tried in 10.6 or older, though.

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Yes, that's an annoyingly common power adapter connector. I don't know why anybody who chose it went for it instead of a normal barrel plug.

Probably because more than one voltage is present there, my guess is that the connector is able to carry + 5volts and +12volts as well.

 

Think i have a psu at home, can have a look at it.

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Unless there's a specific reason you want the Iomega drive, I'd look at something else that includes the power supply.  I've got a Sony DRX-720 drive that has both USB and Firewire ports and works great under OS9/OSX.  There's one in the UK for sale right now with free shipping and looking at the picture of the power supply it appears as though it would work in Romania if you swapped out the plug from the wall to the adapter or have a plug adapter handy:

https://www.ebay.com/itm/173832649981

 

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I have one of these drives and can tell you that is a power adapter connector. The drive I have is purple and uses the standard USB connection. I remember buying it back in 2000 since my iBook didn't have FireWire and it was one of the only, if not the only, USB 1.1 CD-RW drive on the market.

 

Does anyone know the internal unit used in these drives? My drive has a working power supply but the drive unit itself seems to have failed. It shouldn't be too hard to swap a new drive into this but I'd like to replace it part for part, especially since there are still some NOS replacements for many drive units out there.

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