IDE ZIP100 Drive

Tim Judd tajudd at
Tue Feb 23 17:42:07 UTC 2010

On 2/23/10, Programmer In Training <pit at> wrote:
> On 02/22/10 14:32, Programmer In Training wrote:
>> Second attempt to post this to the list. Please bear with me as I'm
>> having issues with my posts to the list not always making it through.
>> OK, after some searching I've come up (almost) empty handed[0-1].
>> Everything else I've found so far for IOMEGA ZIP100 drives deals with
>> the external drive (either USB or parallel port). I've not seen anything
>> in dmesg or /var/log/messages that would indicate that the device is
>> being detected by anything on boot aside from the BIOS. I'm not sure of
> <snip>
> OK, upon a second reboot (for something unrelated), the device is
> detected (but I think only because I had the disk in the drive at the
> time). Now I'm having mount issues. First, it's entry in dmesg:
> afd0: 95MB <IOMEGA ZIP 100 ATAPI 13.A> at ata0-slave PIO0
> I'm issuing the following command with the following results:
> mount_msdosfs /dev/afd0 /mnt/zip
> mount_msdosfs: /dev/afd0: Invalid argument

Could be due to that the zip disks have a partition defined.
ls /dev/afd0*

file -s /dev/afd0

> The man page for mount and mount_msdosfs gives no clue on why that's an
> invalid argument. When executed, the drive is accessed, then a moment
> later it errors out as above. I've tried afd1 through afd4, I just get
> no such file or directory errors.
> I'd like to use the zip drive to back up my private keys from GnuPG and
> other important data.

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