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How do I use my Zip® drive to transport my files?
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Do you need a way to carry your work project or school work with you, but floppy disks are too small and CD's are too hard to update? The Iomega® Zip® drive and disks are a great way to take your data with you. Zip drives and disks are convenient to transport your files for the following reasons:

  • Zip external drives are portable, so you can take your drive and disks with you.

  • Zip disks are big enough to carry your files, but small enough to fit in your pocket.

  • Zip drives are everywhere. With millions of Zip drives around the world, finding a drive to use is easy.

  • You can carry your files on a Zip disk from place to place and modify them as you go.

How to transport data using Zip disks

METHOD ONE - Drag-and-drop your files to the Zip disk

A popular way of transferring data from a hard drive onto a Zip disk is to drag-and-drop the files. Follow the steps outlined below to drag-and-drop data to a Zip disk:

    Windows®

    1. Insert a disk into the Zip drive.

    2. Double-click the My Computer icon and double-click the drive letter assigned to the Zip drive.

    3. Click File from the menu bar, point to New and choose Folder.

    4. Type a name for the new folder you have created.

      Note : It is important to create a folder to store all of your files in. If you do not create a folder to store all of your files, you may not be able to fill the disk to its capacity.

    5. Right-click the My Computer icon and choose Explore.

    6. Click the hard drive icon.

    7. From the window on the right, click the files or folders you wish to copy.

      Note : Holding down the Ctrl key will allow you to select multiple files or folders.

    8. Drag the selected files to the Zip drive icon on the left-hand side of the window.

    Macintosh®

    1. Insert a disk into the Zip drive and the disk should mount on the desktop.

    2. Double-click the Macintosh hard drive.

    3. Locate the files or folders you wish to copy to the Zip disk.

    4. Highlight and drag the files to the mounted Zip disk on the desktop.

METHOD TWO - Use the Save as feature

Most software programs, such as Microsoft® Word, have a Save As feature that allows you to choose where you save your file to and what you want to name the file. Follow the steps outlined below to save your data to the Zip drive using the Save as feature:

    Windows

    1. Insert a disk into the Zip drive.

    2. Double-click the My Computer icon and then double-click the drive letter assigned to the Zip drive.

    3. Click File from the menu bar, point to New and choose Folder.

      Note : Create a folder to store all of your files in. If you do not create a folder to store all of your files, you may not be able to fill the disk to its capacity.

    4. In the software program that you are using, such as Microsoft Word, click File from the menu bar and choose Save As.

    5. In the Look in drop-down box, select the drive letter assigned to your Zip drive.

    6. Double-click the folder you created on the Zip drive.

    7. In the File name field, type a name for the file that you will easily remember.

    8. Click Save.

    Macintosh

    1. Insert a disk into the Zip drive and the disk should mount on the desktop.

    2. In the software program that you are using, click File from the menu bar and choose Save As.

    3. Select the Zip drive as the location to save the file to.

    4. Type in a file name for the file.

    There are other methods to copying files from your hard drive to your Zip disk. Refer to the Windows and Macintosh help files about saving and copying files.



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