How To Connect a Zip Drive to a Computer

Zip drives are storage devices introduced by Iomega in late 1994 and were sold in the market early 1995. The first generation zip drives originally only had the capacity of 25 and 100MB and when the second generation of Zip Drives were introduced, storage capacity went up to 250MB to 750MB.

There are four types of zip drives available in the market but the most common type offered today in the market is the USB and IDE. As with any USB peripherals available these days, all you have to do is plug it onto an unused USB port and it usually is plug-and-play. The outlined instructions below are for connecting an IDE Zip Drive to your computer.

Resources Needed:

  • A zip drive

  • At least 16 MB hard drive space for installation of the Zip Drive's software

  • Screwdriver

  • Grounding equipment (if available)


  1. Turn off your computer and disconnect it from the voltage regulator. This is to prevent short-circuiting your computer's motherboard and grounding yourself.
  2. Detach the devices and peripherals connected to the CPU. Examples of these devices are printers, keyboards, or mice.
  3. Remove the CPU's casing by removing the screws and ground yourself to prevent unintentional grounding. Grounding can be done with grounding equipment or by simply touching a part of the CPU's casing to ensure no accidental grounding.
  4. If a 3 ½-inch drive isn't attached to your computer, simply remove the bracket by softly pushing it from the inside of the CPU and out. If a 3 ½-inch drive is attached to your computer, and you no longer use it, simply slid the drive out of the CPU. Keep in mind the IDE cable and power cable used by the old 3 ½-inch drive to use in the latter steps.
  5. Carefully slide the zip drive on to the drive slot. Make sure the zip drive is facing the front correctly. Once fully seated inside the drive slot, fasten, and secure the zip drive by placing screws on top of the drive slot.
  6. Attach the IDE cable and power cable to the zip drive. If you removed the previous 3 ½-inch drive attached to your CPU before, just follow the same way the connectors where hooked up prior to detaching them. If the 3 ½ disk drive slot wasn't used before, just sort through the connectors available to be used, as each one should have a match with the zip drive.
  7. Put the casing back around the CPU's bracket. Make sure to secure the screws you removed prior to detaching the CPU's case earlier.
  8. After securing your CPU's casing, attach all devices to the computer, turn it on and refer to your Zip Drive kit for software installation, if there is any.

Using a zip drive is one of the easiest ways of transferring and storing data. They are economical and easy on the budget.


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