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Using Jaz or Zip Drives


You can connect Iomega USB Jaz or Zip drives to systems that have a USB port. Remember to use the boot -r command to reconfigure devices so that the system recognizes the Jaz or Zip drive.

NOTE. If the system has the Solaris 8 10/00 or Solaris 8 01/01 release installed, Jaz or Zip drives do not work. At the time of this writing, no workaround exists. These problems are fixed in the Solaris 8 04/01 and following releases.

See "Formatting a UFS Diskette (rmformat)" on page 289 for instructions on how to use the rmformat command to format Jaz or Zip disks. You can also use Removable Media Manager to format Jaz or Zip disks. The procedure is similar to formatting diskettes. See "Using Removable Media Manager to Format Diskettes" on page 282 for more information.

To access information on a Jaz or Zip drive, insert a disk into the drive. The file systems on the drive are mounted, and a File Manager window opens showing the contents, as shown in Figure 4.

Figure 4. File Manager Window with Mounted Zip Disk File Systems


You can also access the file systems on a Zip or Jaz drive from the command line with the following steps.

  1. Type ls /rmdisk and press Return.

    The default /rmdisk mount point is used for any removable media disk devices. The contents of the /rmdisk drive are displayed.

  2. Type cd /rmdisk/zip or cd /rmdisk/jaz and press Return.

    The file systems on the Zip or Jaz drive are displayed. The following example shows the contents of a Zip disk.

mopoke% ls /rmdisk
zip   zip0
mopoke% cd /rmdisk/zip
mopoke% ls
___Move&Rename     Mail Folder
Eudora Nicknames       TheFindByContentFolder

You can also use the Removable Media Manager to format, protect, and view data on removable media devices.

Creating an Alternative fdisk Partition

You can create an fdisk partition and a PCFS file system on removable media such as diskettes, Zip, or Jaz disks on a SPARC-based system to facilitate data transfers to IA-based systems.

Use the following steps to format removable media for a PCFS file system and create an alternative fdisk partition.

NOTE. If you want to create a PCFS file system without an fdisk partition, skip step 4.

  1. Type rmformat -F quick device-name and press Return.

  2. When prompted, type y and press Return.

    The disk is formatted.

  3. Become superuser.

  4. Type fdisk device-name and press Return.

  5. Type mkfs -F pcfs device-name and press Return.

  6. When prompted, type y and press Return.

    A new FAT file system is created in the specified partition.

The following example creates an alternative fdisk partition on /dev/rdsk/c0t4d0s2:c.

paperbark% rmformat -F quick /dev/rdsk/c0t4d0s2:c
Formatting will erase all the data on disk.
Do you want to continue? (y/n) y
paperbark% su
# fdisk /dev/rdsk/c0t4d0s2:c
# mkfs -F pcfs /dev/rdsk/c0t4d0s2:c
Construct a new FAT file system on /dev/rdsk/c0t4d0s2:c (y/n)? y

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