How do I install my Zip® drive on a Sun Workstation?
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This document contains the steps that are needed to install an Iomega drive onto the following Sun Workstation versions.

    1. SunOS 4.1.1

    2. SunOS 4.1.2

    3. Solaris 2.0

How do I install my Iomega drive?

Set the SCSI ID Switch

For SunOS 4.1.1, 4.1.2, or 4.1.3, use SCSI ID 0, 1, or 2. Be sure to select an unused setting. For Solaris 2.0, SCSI ID 3 & 7 are reserved. Use any other unused SCSI ID setting.

Attach the Iomega Drive to your SCSI adapter or chain

Create a Device Entry Point (For Solaris 2.0 only). After attaching the Iomega device and starting your SPARCstation, enter the following command at the OK prompt:

    boot -r

Entries for format.dat.

Enter the appropriate entry into the /etc/format.dat file. Use the system editor and be careful not to change other file entries. The entries are case sensitive!

Solaris 2.0;
disk_type="Zip 100"\  
partition="Zip 100"\  
 :disk="Zip 100":ctlr=SCSI\

SunOS 4.1.1, 4.1.2, 4.1.3 (for SunOS 4.1.1, replace the controller type SCSI with MD21)
disk_type="Zip 100"\  
partition="Zip 100"\  
 :disk="Zip 100":ctlr=SCSI\

Data Disk Preparation Procedure
  1. Insert the correct Iomega disk in the Iomega drive prior to booting the SPARCstation.

  2. Run the SunOS format program. At the # prompt type


    Note: In the following examples, X represents the sd number shown on your monitor for the drive that contains the working disk.

  3. Select the sd number related to the drive that contains the disk you are formatting. If the disk has never been formatted, the program should enter the Drive Type menu. Select the appropriate disk type from the list.

  4. Use the partition sub-command to choose the partition information.

  5. Use the print option to verify the existence of the C partition.

  6. Use the label sub-command to write a label on the disk

  7. Use the quit command twice to exit the format program.

  8. Run the newfs utility to make a file system on the disk. At the # prompt type

    newfs -v /dev/rsdXc

Using a Disk
  1. After the file system has been placed on the disk, you can mount it into the UNIX file system. (Replace mount_point with an appropriate mountable directory eg. /mnt). At the # prompt type

    mount /dev/sdXc /mount_point

  2. When you are finished using the disk, it can be removed from the UNIX file system. At the # prompt type

    umount /dev/sdXc or: umount /mount_point

  3. To check the file system, make sure the disk is not mounted and use the fsck command. At the # prompt type

    fsck /dev/rsdXc

01 March 2000