Parallel Iomega 100Mb Zip Drive USB Converter

  Woolwell 08 Mar 06
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I have an old Iomega parallel zip drive which works fine but new computer arriving next week doesn't have a parallel port. Is there a parallel usb converter for zip drives? I have seen converters for printers but do they work for zip drives?

  Big Elf 08 Mar 06

I'm not sure if a USB Parallel port will work, they are available but seem pricey to me.

I have used a PCI Parallel port card in the past with my Zip drive and it worked fine. There's one at click here but you could probably find others a bit cheaper with a bit of searching around.

  Woolwell 08 Mar 06

Agree that they seem pricey. I think that my cheapest option may be to get a used usb drive on e-bay and try to sell my old parallel drive.

  Woolwell 08 Mar 06

Thank you - but does it work with an Iomega Zip Drive? Anyone got any experience?

Allows plug and play connection of all your parallel devices


Compact and lightweight


Compliant with USB v1.1

  Big Elf 08 Mar 06

For that price I'd give it a go.

  Audeal 08 Mar 06

Marsh Warden © ™: I was interested in this cable for my Zip Drive just like Woolwell, but noticed the description sounds like it is a printer cable and printer cables are different to a normal parallel cable. EG. "Product Description: Targus USB To Parallel Printer Cable parallel adapter". "Interfaces: 1 x parallel - IEEE 1284 (EPP/ECP) - 36 PIN Centronics". The Parallel socket on the computer is a fifteen pin D socket, so this might not do the job on the Zip Drive.

I may be wrong about this but it need careful checking before buying.

  Audeal 08 Mar 06

My apologies It should have been 25 pins and not 15 as I stated. Sorry.

  Woolwell 08 Mar 06

Audeal - I came to the same conclusion. I do not know if it will work with a zip drive. I think that I may need a parallel usb adaptor. These exist for laptops allowing parallel and serial connections to be connected via USB - but they are not cheap. Torn now between e-bay and scrapping my zip discs but they were very useful for quick back up of mainly financial data which was too large for a floppy. I have a memory stick so could use that I liked to rotate discs.

  Audeal 08 Mar 06

I am reluctant to part with my trusted Zip Drive as I have so much stored on the discs. I does work ok with the parallel connection but I would like to use it with a USB connection as I do not keep it turned on when not in use and I have to re-boot when I want to use it. I will keep my eyes open for a suitable cable and convert if I should find one.

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