SUMMARY: ZIP Drive - parallel port

From: Vincent Campbell (
Date: Tue May 26 1998 - 09:51:58 CDT

My original enquiry:

> Can anobody give me pointers in connecting a ZIP drive
> to a SUN Sparc/Ultra machine (using Solaris 2.5/6) via
> the PARALLEL port.
> It's seems to be straightforward enough using a SCSI
> interface (need mtools and entry in /etc/format.dat),
> but I haven't been able to find anything on using a
> ZIP drive on the parallel port.

Many thanks go to the following for the quick replies:

Petri Kallberg Petri.Kallberg@Finland.Sun.COM
Celeste Stokely>
John Keeton <>
John D Groenveld <> (Paul T. Keener) (Niall O Broin)
Carsten B. Knudsen <>

I can forget about connecting a ZIP drive (or similar) to the
parallel port under Solaris, as the drivers don't exist.

Under Linux this seems to be possible:
Check out -

Using a ZIP drive (Sun UFS and MS VFAT) via the SCSI port is a
possibility as I thought - you'll need mtools.

Check out -
                Do a search on mtools and then click on "mtools (reference)"


Other sites of interest:


Ok, I'll order my ZIP drive and see where I get with the above.

Thanks again,


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