Powering Your Zip Drive and Other Devices
Inserting Zip Disks | Ejecting Zip Disks
Disk Eject in Case of Power Loss
Drive Sleep

Using Your Zip® Drive

IMPORTANT: A 100MB* Zip® disk is not included in the package and will need to be purchased in order to use the Zip drive. Your Zip Parallel Port drive uses only 100MB Zip disks; 250MB Zip disks do not work in the Zip® 100 Parallel Port drive.

To use the Zip® drive, insert a 100MB* Zip disk, then select the Zip drive letter or disk icon on your computer. You can store and copy files to and from the Zip drive using the same methods you use for other drives on your system. If you need instructions on how to copy files, refer to the help files for your operating system.

* 100MB where 1MB=1 million bytes. The capacity reported by your operating system may vary.

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Powering Your Zip® Drive and Other Devices

On some computers, it is important to power up the computer before or at the same time as devices connected to the parallel port. Iomega recommends connecting the computer, your Zip® drive, and your printer to a power strip, and using the switch on the power strip to turn all three devices on and off at the same time. If you do not use a power strip, power on the computer first, then turn on your printer and immediately connect power to the Zip drive. Power must be applied to the Zip drive before your operating system begins to load.

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Inserting Zip® Disks

When you insert a Zip® disk, the green activity light in the button will dim slightly, then glow steadily. (If the light continues to blink slowly, push the disk eject button to eject the Zip disk, then reinsert it.)

CAUTION! Never put anything into your Zip® drive except 100MB Zip® disks with the genuine Zip® symbol. Using disks that do not have these symbols may cause damage to your drive or loss of data.

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Ejecting Zip® Disks

Windows® 95/98 and Millennium systems—Push the disk eject button or use the IomegaWare software eject command. This command is available when you right click the drive icon in My Computer or Windows® Explorer.

Windows® NT® 4.0 and Windows® 2000 systems—Use the IomegaWare software eject command.

CAUTION! To avoid damage to your Zip® drive or Zip disk, always remove the disk before disconnecting or moving your Zip drive.

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Disk Eject in Case of Power Loss

The Zip® drive must be powered on for normal disk insertion and removal. If you need to eject a disk during a power failure, disconnect the power supply from the Zip drive and push a straightened paper clip into the disk eject hole on the back of the drive.

CAUTION! Never remove a disk manually while the power supply is connected to the Zip® drive. Never force a disk into or out of the Zip drive as this could damage the drive.

Use this method only when power is disconnected from the Zip® drive.

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Drive Sleep

The Zip® drive has an automatic sleep mode that spins down a Zip disk after 15 minutes of inactivity. This feature minimizes power consumption when the Zip drive is not being accessed. During drive sleep, the green power light remains on, and the Zip disk automatically spins up again when accessed.

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