The other day I got my Iomega Zip drive working with my Amiga 2000
after struggling and failing to get it working with my 1000's StarDrive.
At the time, I thought the drive was simply too old and failing. It seemed a stretch that all of my old Zip disks were bad, but seemed possible if not entirely probable.
So, in a fit of desperation I had ordered a pack of never used Zip disks as well as a shrink-wrapped refurbbed Zip drive. A drive that had been created in 1997 yet never sold/opened since. Twenty-one years ago; kind of amazing to consider, really.
And I got it for a very reasonable price (IMO) and even talked the seller down a bit.
In any case, while I had been waiting for things to arrive, I plugged my original Zip into my 2000 and - as usual - everything just works
But. Then my new hardware arrived.
I'd already decided this was a win-win situation as I don't plan on unplugging the Zip from the 2000. I love it and have already started to install backup files and games to it. It's just another hard drive, really. And it's pretty quiet, too. It's not a scsi2sd, but the fact I can just pop in a new disk and get it up and running in less than 5 minutes truly rocks.
So. Check this out guys. I dropped this post in Retro Corner rather than Conquests because this is not a Commodore product. But it's technically retro in my book, and this is pretty danged cool. I hadn't opened up a new box for one of these since... well, it was either 1995 or 1996 when I got my original one (which still works GREAT) which I had purchased to put my 3D models/animations on when I was a crazy art student using 3D Studio r4. (3D Studio Max was shipping right before I graduated - it was a bummer as it was obvious how much better it was...).
Interestingly, since it was an official Iomega refurb, the outer box is completely in grayscale. It appears from some of the documentation I found that the refurb had been ordered by a customer with particular install disks added to the package per their request (Win NT) in addition to the normal batch.
Anyway, I present the Iomega Zip 100 unboxing.
Included: Zip Drive, SCSI cable, Power plug, Win NT install disk, "normal" consumer Win 95/Mac install disk, Zip Tools Zip disk, and some very cool stickers (that I plan on using) along with the instructions.