How to install an IDE/EIDE Zip drive

Updated: 09/15/2017 by Computer Hope

Before getting started

  1. Write down important information from the top or bottom of the hard drive such as the Model Number, Serial Number, and specifications.
  2. Ensure you are familiar with ESD and its potential dangers.
  3. When physically installing the zip disk drive, ensure the computer is powered down and unplugged.

Set the Jumpers

Iomega Zip drive

When installing the IDE/EIDE zip drive ensure that the Zip drive has the proper jumper setting. The Zip drive is set as a Slave device.

Drive Bays

An internal zip drive is always going to occupy or need a 3.5-inch drive bay. If no 3.5-inch drive bay is available, the computer needs a drive bracket and partial front bezel to cover the empty portion of the front of the Zip disk drive. Drive brackets are included with the internal zip disk drive package. If your computer does not accept the drive bracket you may want to consider any of the below recommendations.

  1. Contact the computer manufacturer for drive brackets compatible with your computer.
  2. Visit a local computer store for alternate brackets.

Note: The front bezel is only obtainable through the computer manufacturer.

Links to various computer and hardware manufacturers can be found on our support listing.

Attach cables

Once the Zip disk drive has been installed into the computer, connect the IDE/EIDE interface cable to the back of the zip drive. Almost always the red or blue side of the cable represents PIN 1 and is connected with the colored side of the cable facing the power connection.

Once the IDE/EIDE cable has been connected to the back of the Zip drive, connect the power cable to the back of the drive. This cable is almost always keyed and only goes in one direction.

CMOS setup

Once the Zip Drive has been connected to the computer, replace the case back and connect the keyboard, monitor, and power to the computer. We do not recommend that you connect all the cables yet because if there are issues, you may have to disconnect them again.

Because you are installing an IDE/EIDE device, it is required that the drive be setup properly within BIOS. Turn on the computer and as the computer is booting enter BIOS setup. In CMOS verify that the IDE/EIDE device is either setup as Auto or is setup as a 100 MB HDD. It is important to note that older computers may not properly detect an IDE/EIDE device and it may be required that a BIOS update be obtained.

Additional help and information about BIOS can be found on our BIOS page.

Software Setup

Once the drive has installed and setup in BIOS or is detected by BIOS, the Zip disk drive should have been included with a CD, floppy, or Zip disk to install the software for the drive. Note: For users who have Microsoft Windows 98, 2000, ME or later the drive should be automatically detected and installed, but the default installation will not install the Iomega Tools.

Drivers for the Iomega Zip drives can be found on our removable and tape drive drivers page.

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