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How to Copy Files to a Zip Drive | Tech Info |

Zip Drives are computer drives which use removable cartridges to store information. Information can be copied from another drive to the cartridges and back using the Windows Explorer which comes with Windows 95 and Windows 98.

In the following example a file will be copied from the Zip Disk to the hard drive using 2 Windows Explorer Windows. Prior to following the steps outlined below, you should close all open windows.

1. Insert a Zip disk into your computer's Zip Drive.

InsertZipDisk2.gif (7896 bytes)

2. Now you need to open the program Windows Explorer.

Click the Start button Start_Click.gif (1157 bytes) on the lower task bar. The Selection pop-up will appear, move the mouse and click on the Programs selection Programs.gif (1518 bytes) . This will open another pop-up with more options. Look for the Windows Explorer selection. If you don't see it you might have to move the mouse to the bottom selection and hold it over the last entry for several seconds until the selection listing moves downward. When you see the Windows Explorer entry WindowsExplorer.gif (1465 bytes) click on it.

This will open the program Windows Explorer.

3. Collapse the "Drive C:" Listing

When you open first open Windows Explorer, the drive C listing will be shown. This listing is usually long enough to use up the whole screen forcing the Zip Disk to be past what can be shown on the screen.

You can see this in the following example

WindowsExplorer_1.gif (2507 bytes) Example A

Since the drive C listing is expanded to show all the items in the drive, you should click on the minus (-) sign in front of the drive to collapse the listing and allow the other drives to be shown. As shown in Example A, the mouse arrow is placed on top of the minus sign and you click the left mouse button causing the listing to collapse.

After the Drive C listing is collapsed you should now see a clean listing of all drives on your computer including the Zip Drive. You might also notice that the minus sign in front of the Drive C (shown below as "Disk1part01(C:)" has now turned into a plus (+) sign. The symbol in front of any drive or folder will toggle between the plus and minus sign each time you click it, causing the contents of the folder or drive to either collapse or expand.

ClickDriveC.gif (2440 bytes)


4. Open a second Windows Explorer window

In order to make copying and moving files easier you should open a second Windows Explorer window and have both windows tiled horizontally with the source drive on one window and the destination drive on another.

Repeat the exact directions as shown in steps 2 and 3 above.

When you are done you will now have 2 windows of "Windows Explorer" open at the same time. This is perfectly normal since you can have many copies of Explorer open at the same time.


5. Tile the Explorer Windows to make it easier to use

This is a neat way to make 2 windows line up on the screen each taking exactly half of the screen.

Take the mouse and move it on the task bar which is normally located on the bottom of the screen. Find a blank area to the right of the task bar and right click on it with the mouse.

RightClickTaskBar.gif (1449 bytes)
(right click at the location of the arrow )

After you right click on the task bar the pop-up shown below will be shown on the screen. Move the mouse to the "Tile Horizontal" selection and click on it with the left button.
TileHorizontal.gif (1172 bytes)

The two instances of "Windows Explorer" will now be tiled neatly one on the top half and the other on the bottom half of the screen.

6. Identify the Zip Drive

A Zip Drive has a drive letter assigned just like the hard drive in your computer.

ShowZipDrive.gif (2796 bytes) Example B.

In this case the Zip Drive has been given the drive letter F and is shown in explorer with the name "Zip 100".

If you have not installed the Zip Tools that came with your drive you will not see the Blue Zip disk icon in front of the drive as shown above in example B. Instead you will see the words "Removable Disk" as shown here....

 RemovableDisk.gif (414 bytes)

After inserting the Zip Disk into the drive you use it just like a normal drive by selecting files and dragging them to a new destination.

The following section will copy a file from the lower half of the screen which will show the contents of the Zip Tools Disk, to the upper screen which will show the contents of the drive C:.

7. Select the source file to be copied

Move the mouse to the Explorer on the lower half of the screen. Click with the left mouse button on the [+] sign in front of the "Zip 100". This will expand the Zip 100 listing. Now Click on the Yellow folder in front of the folder "English". This will display the files contained within that folder on the right half of the lower Explorer Window.

This is shown below on the far right side of the sample screen. You can see that the folder "English" has within it at least 3 folders (DosStuff, W32Stuff, and W95Stuff) as well as numerous files, including the file "_inst16.ex_" which is highlighted in blue.

CopySource1.gif (13979 bytes)

Now take a small break and visualize what you have.

On  the top Explorer window you see on the left half the drives on your computer, the drive C is highlighted and on the right half of the same window you see the CONTENTS of this highlighted (selected) drive C.

On the bottom Explorer window, you see on the left half of the screen a listing of the drives in your computer, but here the Zip drive is expanded to show you its contents. And, since you've clicked on one of the contained folders of the Zip Drive, the files/folders of that folder (English) are shown on the right half of the screen including the file "_inst16.ex_" which is highlighted.


8. The actual copying process.

This is the heart of the whole operation.

With both windows visible, move the mouse to the bottom window, to the right side, and place it over the file "_inst16.ex_".

Click with the left button over the icon to the left of the file name.

SelectFile.gif (2012 bytes)

The File name will turn blue.

After the name is highlighted in blue, Click the RIGHT mouse button as the pointer is still over that file icon, and HOLD the button. Slowly move the mouse upwards and to the left until it is over the drive C: on the upper Explorer Window, and release the mouse.

As it nears the upper window left side the window might have a tendency to scroll as you hold and move the mouse. Gently hold the mouse in one spot to avoid scrolling (all the time still holding down the right mouse button) and again gently drag the pointer until it is immediately to the right of the drive C as shown below.

EndDragCopy.gif (4251 bytes)

You should notice that while you are dragging the file, the file name travels with the mouse pointer which also has the small + sign below it which tells you that you are copying.

When you are at the correct place for the copy to be completed, the drive C folder will turn blue.

You can now release the mouse button.

A window will pop-up with several selections. MoveCopyHere.gif (792 bytes)

Click on the "Copy Here" Selection

the copy process is now complete. The file "_inst16.ex_" was copied from the drive F:\English to the drive C:\.

Each and every step of the process was described in order to make this as detailed as possible. Once you get the feel of the process the actual copying is much less complicated than it might appear now.





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