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I have an ATAPI ide zip drive on my computer.  When I attempt to mount it, I get an error message:

Incorrect FS type, bad option, or bad special block

I am using the command:
mount -t vfat /dev/hdd /mnt/zip

Is there something else I need to do?
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by:laeuchli
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I have read that you can mount zip drives the same way you can harddisks. Why not do a mount /dev/hdd /mnt/zip
and let linux figure out what type of partion you have?
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by:wilch101
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If the file type is not specified, Linux will return an error asking for a file type.  Linux's autodetect option also does not work with the zip drive.
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by:laeuchli
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then try mount -t msdos /dev/hdd /mnt/zip
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kiffney earned 200 total points
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I think there is a weird way that zip disks are partitioned, and that you have do NOT use /dev/hdd, but instead do

mount -t vfat /dev/hdd4 /mnt/zip

Try that and let us know what happens.  (hdd is the general name for the zip drive, and hdd4 is the  partition you actually mount - I have NO idea why it's 4, but this problem bit me once).
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by:wilch101
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You hit it on the nose o wise one!!
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