How to Open a Zip Drive


Zip drives were first released in 1994. They used Zip discs, a larger, thicker version of the 3.5 floppy disc. The first Zip discs held 100MB of information. By 1999 they could hold up to 250MB. Zip discs and drives have largely been replaced by flash drives and CDs. If your computer does have a Zip drive, or if you have an external Zip drive and Zip disc you want to use, opening a file from a Zip drive is done similarly to opening any other computer drive.

Things You'll Need

  • Computer
  • Zip drive

Opening files from a Zip drive

  • Plug in the Zip drive if it is external. You may need to install a driver for it if you haven't used the drive before. It should have come with software to install the driver, but if it doesn't you may be able to download the driver from the Internet. See the link below in Resources.

  • Put a Zip disc into the drive, whether it is internal or external.

  • In Windows, click on the "Start" button at the lower left side of the screen.

  • Open "My Computer" or "Computer" from the "Start" menu. That should open a new window that has your drives (C:, removable drives such as CD players, and your Zip drive, which may appear as just a letter if you haven't installed the driver for the Zip drive).

  • Double-click on the letter that identifies the Zip drive. It should open a window that lists the contents of that drive.

  • Double-click on the file you want to open.

Tips & Warnings

  • These are instructions for opening a Zip disc from Windows on a PC. Mac computers or other operating systems may require a different process.

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