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Bug 3416 - Zip drive read/write errors
Summary: Zip drive read/write errors
Alias: None
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: kernel
Version: 6.0
Hardware: All
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Cristian Gafton
QA Contact:
: 3043 (view as bug list)
Depends On:
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 1999-06-12 16:04 UTC by peter.evans
Modified: 2008-05-01 15:37 UTC (History)
5 users (show)

Fixed In Version:
Doc Type: Bug Fix
Doc Text:
Clone Of:
Last Closed: 1999-09-07 12:30:02 UTC

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Description peter.evans 1999-06-12 16:04:24 UTC
686 based system. 128Mb ram. ATAPI zip drive gives I/O error
every 128th sector, esp. during write. Happens with
ATAPI_FLOPPY support as module and compiled into kernel

Comment 1 Jeff Johnson 1999-06-14 18:09:59 UTC
*** Bug 3043 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***

ATAPI internal zip drives do not mount correctly.  Mine is
recognized as hdd.  I set up the fstab for:

/dev/hdd4	/mnt/zip	vfat	noauto,rw	0 0

When I mount it, it mounts fine.  When I read or copy from a
zip disk, no problems.  BUT, when I write to a zip disk it
corrupts the file and it is unusable.  This did not occur in
version 5.2.  Please help - I have made the jump to Linux
because of RedHat (since version 5.0) and now I find I have
to go back to my old Windows machine to write to my zip
disks.  HELP!

-Mike Dill

------- Additional Comments From  05/28/99 16:48 -------
I was able to replicate this problem in our test lab using an internal
ATAPI zip drive. Whenever a write operation is done using kernel
2.2.5-15, a hdd I/O error message is printed several times to the
screen. Although the write operation seems to complete well enough, it
is probably not reliable.

Comment 2 thibaut.cousin 1999-08-17 12:42:59 UTC
The problem is solved by upgrading to kernel 2.2.11 (it is a known

Comment 3 Bill Nottingham 1999-08-25 22:42:59 UTC
This is fixed in the 2.2.11 kernel in Raw Hide.

Comment 4 Cristian Gafton 1999-09-07 12:29:59 UTC
Workaround provided by

Just a short note to let you know I have learned a different way to
solve the Zip drive problem - one which you might want to share with
others having this trouble.

I used  -   insmod ide-scsi  -  to install the ATAPI / SCSI emulation
module to the kernel.  It now sets up the Zip as sda4 - a scsi device.

It reads fine - writes fine - works great and fast.

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