How Can I Get Data Off Old Zip Disks?

Episode 1805 (1:13:10)

Joe from Burlington, NJ
IEEE 1284

Joe is putting his family history together. This includes all the photos and videos as well. But the problem is, he has a few hundred zip disks and doesn't know how to access them. He has a zip drive, but he needs a parallel to USB converter. Leo says he can get them on Amazon for a pretty decent price. But he will need to get one that has the right connector. It's the iEEE 1284. He also wants to be sure he doesn't get one that's for printers. It has to be bidirectional.

Then he has to be sure the zip drive shows up as a mass storage device or drive. Here's how to get it working.