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extrenal zip drive Answered

i have an older dell computer, and i would like to know if you can make a zip drive out of one of the hard drives that i have in it.

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mh76dk (author)2012-06-15

If you mean this: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zip_drive then the answer is no.

If you mean something else, which i suspect from the question, then please find the correct term for it or explain it in more detail.

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thegeeke (author)mh76dk2012-06-16

+1... my guess is external HD, in which case, +1 @ mpilchfamily as well.

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mh76dk (author)thegeeke2012-06-16

In the wikipedia article, that i skimmed before pasting, it mentions an older dell model which had internal zip-drive. which made me wonder if that would be what the asker have.

But if its a internal HDD to external HDD conversion, that's (as mpilchfamily says) basically a converter away (and an enclosure if you are fancy :-)

There is also the more classic ghetto-style of opening your tower and just place the HDD close enough for the IDE/(S)ATA-cable to reach - I ofcourse would never recommend this. Nevertheless that approach does work if you have basic skills at opening computers (or well, have worked countles times for me with IDE drives)

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thegeeke (author)mh76dk2012-06-16

Yes, I agree. Although I wouldn't even mention that "ghetto-style"... way too easy to overheat your computer if you do that, and also it makes it easier to get ESD if the computer somehow get's unplugged from the ground.

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mh76dk (author)thegeeke2012-06-17

I know, I have a verbosity and "never leave out a detail" problem - and then I mention too many half-thought-through thoughts.

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iceng (author)2012-06-15

Isn't a Zip drive a solid state memory drive....

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Vyger (author)iceng2012-06-15

The original ZIP from Iomega worked like a big size floppy drive. They were 100 meg and so could fit about 70 regular floppies of data on them. Now days 100 meg is nothing in storage but back then a 300 meg hard drive would set you back hundreds. I don't think the person who wrote the question meant that.

I still have my original 286 DOS computer complete with its 40 meg hard drive. Haven't turned it on in years.

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iceng (author)Vyger2012-06-15

Earlier I had the first Kaypro with a 5 meg hard drive :-)

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AndyGadget (author)iceng2012-06-16

Wayyyy back when I first started work, the department next door was developing a 10MB hard drive - this had 12" platters - just like an old record player.  A friend of mine's task was to machine the heads to let them fly closer to the disc surface, and then they were left on overnight burn-in . . .
There was no safety cutout so sometimes he'd arrive at work in the morning and find a cabinet full of aluminium spirals, oxide powder, and the charred remains of the drive mechanism.  Great fun #;¬)

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mpilchfamily (author)2012-06-15

I'm guessing you mean to make an external HDD or backup drive with one of the old HDDs. That is easy to do with the right HDD enclosure or dock.

Here are some options.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&DEPA=0&Order=BESTMATCH&N=-1&isNodeId=1&Description=hdd+enclosure

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