Zip drive

Discussion in 'Virtual PC' started by Ed, Sep 9, 2004.

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    Ed Guest

    I have an internal zip drive and I need access to it from the virtual machine.
    I am installing a non windows OS and I need to be able to copy files from
    the zip drive to the VHD during the install.
    Ed, Sep 9, 2004
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    Mark Rae Guest

    So what's the problem, then...?
    Mark Rae, Sep 9, 2004
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    Steve Jain Guest

    There are no VPC Additions for non-Windows OSes, so no Shared Folders,
    and VPC won't recognize a zip drive on the host.

    The only option I can think of is if its DOS, you can use the DOS
    shared folders, otherwise you'll need to put your files from the zip
    onto a cd-rom, or if you can set up a network share (if the install
    can access the network during install)

    Steve Jain, Microsoft MVP for Virtual PC for Windows
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    Steve Jain, Sep 9, 2004
  4. Hi,

    Can you do this with the same configuration on a real machine?

    After the OS is finished installing you can use a network to the host to
    copy the files, but I'm afraid VPC doesn't bridge ZIP drives

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    Tim Tanner Guest

    Think like real machines: hook the zip drive up to one machine (i.e. the
    host) and use normal file transfer means to transfer it from the other
    machine (i.e. the guest). I have used FTP to copy files between Windows
    and a Linux VM.
    Tim Tanner, Sep 10, 2004
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    Scott Baker Guest

    This is working as designed. VPC can bridge the parallel port from the
    Host to a Guest. This isn't true for other devices. Even the CD-ROM in
    your example is an emulated device in the VM.


    Scott Baker, Sep 10, 2004
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    Steve Jain Guest

    Yes, that's the exception, a parallel port zip drive will work, but
    IDE/SCSI/USB will not. Didn't think anyone still had those slow
    parallel versions around!

    Steve Jain, Microsoft MVP for Virtual PC for Windows
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    Steve Jain, Sep 10, 2004
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    Steve Jain Guest

    No, you don't just "get" access to the zip if there's an option in the
    BIOS, the zip drive would need to be emulated in the VM and there
    would need to be a way to capture the zip drive media. It would need
    to work like a cd-rom.

    Well, it looks like your only option is a parallel zip drive.

    Steve Jain, Microsoft MVP for Virtual PC for Windows
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    Steve Jain, Sep 10, 2004
  9. OK, but how? (I need instructions like 1. Plug the drive in...)

    I am using the Parallel 100MB ZIP drive, hooked to the parallel port:
    (In Windows XP)
    I/O: 0378-037A
    IRQ: 07
    DMA: 03

    On my physical QNX computer (BIOS Settings):
    I/O: 0378
    IRQ: 7
    mode: ECP+EPP
    DMA: 3

    I am using the Fsys.mbaiom3_32 drivers

    What I need to do is operate the ZIP drive using the dd utility to create
    ZIP disk images. I will also mount the drive for installing the software
    that I create.


    Jeffrey R. Dempsey, Sep 28, 2004
  10. Never Mind.

    Hardware Failure on the docking station. It works now that I have a new one.
    Jeffrey R. Dempsey, Sep 30, 2004
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    reukiodo Guest

    Have you tried to create a VHD linked to your IDE ZIP drive and access it in
    the VituralPC that way?

    I have created a VHD link to a USB CF reader in order to make/modify
    bootable CFs within VirtualPCs before. I imagine it could also be done with
    an internal ZIP drive.

    If you run into problems, try creating the VHD link file while there is no
    disk in the drive, so that Windows doesn't auto-mount it. Only insert the
    disk right after you start the VirtualPC. (this is only if you want it in
    read/write mode, otherwise it will default to read only mode)
    reukiodo, Nov 10, 2005
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