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Make flash drive appear to be Zip drive?

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July 6, 2005 3:08:42 PM

I need to fool a piece of hardware into believing that a flash drive that I plug into its USB 1.1 port is a Zip drive. Anyone know how this can be done?

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July 7, 2005 8:24:08 PM

I'm not sure if that can be done. Just out of curiosity what piece of hardware requires a zip drive and why?

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July 8, 2005 6:15:36 PM

It's a piece of avionics
http://www.avidyne.com/EX5000/default.shtm
that requires data uploads to keep its geographic and navigational databases current, and also dumps data from an engine monitoring application.

Both are done by plugging in the zip drive to the units front-panel usb port before powering up. It sees the drive and, if it has properly formated data on it, goes into its upload mode or, if it's blank, goes into its data dump mode. There is no way to access these routines otherwise. I've tried plugging in a flash drive instead, and the unit behaves as if nothing has been inserted.
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July 9, 2005 12:20:12 AM

Hm... What about those small usb drives that have micro hard drives in them? Those mount as hard drives and not as a "removable disk". Maybe that EX5000 just demands a physical disk and can't figure out flash media.

Something like the Sony MicroVault or Gigabank.

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July 9, 2005 1:37:56 AM

Just thought of something else too. The usb zip drive is powered externally so it doesn't require any power on the usb port. Are the usb ports on that devices powered (or under powered)?
That would definatly explain why a usb flash drive wouldn't work.

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July 9, 2005 4:41:15 PM

hmmm, good idea. I'll see if I can find one to try.

The USB port on the unit is powered because the Zip drive I use with it is USB powered.

Thanks.
July 14, 2005 4:49:42 AM

I am using a 1 GB Apacer flashdrive. It came with a utility by which I could make it appear as any kind of USB storage device, CD-Rom Zip Drive, HDD or what have you. Perhaps you should check out the web site of the manufacturer for similar compatible software.
July 14, 2005 8:38:03 PM

I found the utility and that looks like it might work.

Thanks very much.
November 12, 2009 10:08:41 PM

MTT727 said:
I found the utility and that looks like it might work.

Thanks very much.


Did it work for you? I also need a solution to upload/download from Avidyne MFD.

Thanks in advance
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