Zip Drive Resurrection Problems
From: CWO4 Dave Mann (misterfixit_at_loveable.com)
Date: Fri, 30 Sep 2005 18:06:13 -0500
I found an old internal ide iomega zip drive in my junk box with some 50
cartridges -- picked out of the dumpster at school where I was teaching a
few years back. Stuff is all at least 5 years old.
Anyway, I popped in the drive and FC3 recognized the drive as /dev/hdd
I found several zip carts marked "linux"; presume the rest are vfat.
I set up my fstab as follows after doing the usual Google, RTFM and so
# This file is edited by fstab-sync - see 'man fstab-sync' for details
/dev/VolGroup00/LogVol00 / auto defaults 1 1
LABEL=/boot /boot auto defaults 1 2
none /dev/pts devpts gid=5,mode=620 0 0
none /dev/shm tmpfs defaults 0 0
none /proc proc defaults 0 0
none /sys sysfs defaults 0 0
/dev/VolGroup00/LogVol01 swap swap defaults 0 0
/dev/sdb1 /mnt/camera vfat rw,user,auto 0 0
/dev/hdb1 /mnt/storage auto rw,user,auto 0 0
/dev/sda1 /mnt/firewire auto rw,user,auto 0 0
/dev/hdd1 /media/zip ext2 pamconsole,exec,noauto,fscontext=system_u:object_r:removable_t,managed 0 0
/dev/hdd4 /media/zip vfat pamconsole,exec,noauto,fscontext=system_u:object_r:removable_t,managed 0 0
/dev/hdc /media/cdrecorder auto pamconsole,exec,noauto,fscontext=system_u:object_r:removable_t,managed 0 0
#/dev/hdd1 /media/zip auto rw.user.auto 0 0
#/dev/hdd4 /media/zip auto rw.user.auto 0 0
/dev/hdd1 is there because I read that ext2 format Zip carts are seen as
having one partition.
/dev/hdd4 is there because I read that the vfat Zip formatting looks like
4 partitions to Linux.
the two lines which are commented out with the "#" are there because I
wanted to see if they would work.
A couple of the sites I visited recommended having both lines in fstab.
Next, I created an Icon on the desktop and a nice little Iomega Zip drive
showed up. I selected /dev/hdd on the list of various drives available to
Now here are some isues:
1. When clicking on the Icon i get the "device already mounted" message
no matter if there is a cartridge int he drive or not, and no matter if it
vfat or ext2.
2. At the terminal I can su and mount /dev/hdd1 or /dev/hdd4 all day long
3. At the terminal I can su and umount all day long no problems
4. When attempting to test format one of the cartridges using mkfs I get
[dave@localhost ~]$ su
[root@localhost dave]# mkfs /dev/hdd1
bash: mkfs2: command not found
[root@localhost dave]# mkfs
bash: mkfs: command not found
[root@localhost dave]# man mkfs
Formatting page, please wait...
...yadda yadda yadda ...
[root@localhost dave]# mkfs -t ext2 /dev/hdd
bash: mkfs: command not found
5. I can eject the cartridge at the terminal using eject /dev/hdd
6. If I just type eject, the DVD trays pops out.
7. When looing at the device properties I see that hdd's owner is dave
and group is root. I always thought a drive would belong to root and the
group would be disk.
How about some advice from you ... you've been good to me in the past ...
let's bring it on!