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NOTICE! This is an outdated version! It is posted here only for those who are unable to get the HDD‑Raw‑Copy‑Tool utility working on their Windows systems. The commands used on the current webpage are much easier to use


ARCHIVING AND RESTORING S‑550 AND W‑30 ZIP DISKS AND 80MB HARD DRIVES
If you use a ZIP Drive or Hard Drive with your S‑550 or W‑30 sampler... read on! This info is for the "Super Geek" crowd and might not be useful for everyone. However, I wanted to document this since it's a powerful and inexpensive way to share ZIP Disks and Hard Drives by cloning 80MB image files of all 64 Areas of an S‑550 or W‑30

The examples used on this webpage make reference to "ZIP Disks" throughout. The Linux commands can be modified slightly to clone or restore 80MB Hard Drives as well. Depending on your system, it's usually as simple as choosing a different device. Likewise for Windows users. The HDD‑Raw‑Copy‑Tool utility uses identical commands for ZIP dives and Hard Drives. Substitute the correct Hard Drive device where needed

OVERVIEW
ZIPPO
One of the problems with using ZIP disks is they are a Roland proprietary format. This means you can't put them in a Windows, Mac or Linux ZIP drive and back them up easily. This method is a great way to archive complete ZIP disks of your sampler library 64 Areas at a time. You can save the 80MB ZIP disk image file on a hard drive for safe keeping in the event one of your ZIP disks fails. It also enables S‑550 and W‑30 owners to effectively share 64 floppy disks at a time without the tedious process of loading 64 floppy disks individually. A freeware program called HDD‑Raw‑Copy‑Tool is used to accomplish this task for Windows 7 and Windows XP. For Linux and Mac, a utility command called "dd" is used

I have verified these methods will work with Windows 7, Windows XP and Linux with three types of ZIP drives... SCSI, Parallel and Internal*. Someday I'll verify this works with a USB ZIP drive but I don't own one. I'm unable to verify these methods will work on a Mac because I have no way of connecting a ZIP drive to my iMac. Apple keeps removing ports with every new model. Progress! Theoretically, if you have a SCSI, Parallel or Internal ZIP drive connected to a Mac, everything here should work

As usual, I'm a cheap bastard so no commercial software was used to get everything working. The only real expense would be to add a PCI SCSI card to your PC. You can find these NOS cards on eBay for less than $10 (USD)

* Unfortunately, Iomega dropped support for the Parallel ZIP drive with Windows 7 which means Parallel ZIP drives will not work with Windows 7. Luckily, the Iomega SCSI ZIP drive is treated as a block device and there are drivers for the Iomega Internal ZIP drive so these two have no compatibility issues with Windows 7


REQUIREMENTS
Windows 7 or Windows XP system with a SCSI, Parallel or Internal ZIP Drive connected to it
S‑550 or W‑30 ZIP disk containing samples
Blank ZIP disk
(Optional) ZIP Disk #1 - The first in a series of 80MB cloned ZIP disk image files containing 64 sound disks


SYSTEMS AND HARDWARE USED FOR TESTING
Windows 7 Ultimate (32-Bit)         Windows XP (SP3)  
Roland S‑550 (HD5-IF SCSI)         Roland W‑30 (KW-30 SCSI)         Adaptec AVA-2902B PCI To SCSI Card
Iomega SCSI ZIP Drive (Z100S2)         Iomega Parallel ZIP Drive (Z100P2)         Iomega Internal ZIP Drive (Z250ATAPI)



NOTICE: Take extra care when executing these commands because if you get the devices mixed up, you can easily erase your entire sample disk and/or your computer's hard drive by accident. The "dd" command is VERY powerful. I recommended that you have all of your samples backed-up and also have a current backup of your computer hard drive. The best case scenario would be to install Windows on a spare hard drive and use it as a playground


ZIPPO
WINDOWS 7 / WINDOWS XP
Note: Unfortunately, Iomega dropped the ball with their Parallel ZIP drive support for Windows 7 and they did not develop any drivers for it. The good news is that Windows 7 works just fine with a SCSI ZIP drive or an Internal ZIP drive. Windows XP has no issues at all and will work fine with a SCSI, Parallel or Internal ZIP drive

Attach an Iomega ZIP Drive to a PC running Windows7 or Windows XP. It doesn't matter if it's a SCSI, Parallel, or Internal ZIP drive. The most cost effective method, since you already own a SCSI ZIP drive, would be to purchase an Adaptec PCI SCSI card. You can find these on eBay for under $10 (USD) w/free shipping. The card I used was an Adaptec AVA2902B PCI to SCSI card. It has a female DB25 connector so you can use the same DB25M<‑‑>DB25M cable you are already using with your external SCSI ZIP drive for the S550 or W30. This card also has a 50-pin connector on the board just in case you might have an internal SCSI ZIP drive handy
  • Download the "dd" utility from chrysocome.net called dd-0.5.zip  (It's about 1/2 way down the page). There are several Windows "dd" utilities to choose from on the Internet. This one is better than the rest because it runs as a standalone program and there is nothing to install. The main reason I recommend this one is because it was the only one that actually worked for me :^)

  • Create a folder on the C: drive called "C:\samples". Unzip the dd-0.5.zip file and place the dd.exe utility in the C:\samples folder

  • Open Windows Explorer and verify the ZIP drive has been recognized by Windows. In most cases, when you connect a ZIP drive to a Windows system and power on the PC, the ZIP drive is recognized automatically

       ZIP Drive Appearance On The Desktop With Windows Explorer
      O/S     Parallel ZIP Drive       SCSI ZIP Drive       Internal ZIP Drive   
      Windows 7      Incompatible       Removable Disk (F:)       Removable Disk (F:)   
      Windows XP      Iomega Zip 100 / 250 (F:)       Removable Disk (F:)       Removable Disk (F:)   


    If the ZIP dive has not been recognized by Windows, you will need to run the Disk Management Admin Tool, locate the ZIP drive (displayed as Removable Media) and choose "Change Drive Letter And Path"

    Windows XP: Click on Start and then Run. In the command text box type diskmgmt.msc followed by the Enter key
    Windows 7: Click on Start and type diskmgmt.msc in the command text box followed by the Enter key

The ZIP drive letter F: used in the examples below indicate the drive letter the ZIP drive is assigned to. This may differ on your system. If it is different, make note of it and substitute it where needed in the commands below. It could be D: E: G: Z: or something completely different depending how many SCSI or IDE devices are installed on your system. Make sure you choose the correct ZIP drive letter because it could mean the difference between a successful copy or wiping out your entire ZIP sample disk or even your hard drive! I'm speaking from experience. The bad kind. The "dd" command is very powerful. "Do not arouse the wrath of the great and powerful Oz!"


TO CREATE A ZIP DISK FROM AN 80MB ZIP DISK IMAGE FILE DOWNLOADED FROM THE INTERNET
  • Format a blank ZIP disk on the S‑550 or W‑30

  • When it's finished formatting on the S‑550 or W‑30 remove it and place it into the ZIP drive on the Windows PC
    *** IMPORTANT *** If a window pops up and says Format, DO NOT format it! Cancel!

  • Place the ZIP disk image file you downloaded from the Internet into the C:\samples folder (Example: zipdisk1.img)

  • Click on the START icon and Run the "cmd" program to open up a DOS terminal window

  • Enter the following commands in the DOS terminal window
    • cd C:\samples
      dd if=C:\samples\zipdisk1.img of=\\.\F: bs=1M

    where;
    \\.\F: is the drive letter Windows assigned to the ZIP drive (Change F: if yours is a different letter)
    C:\samples\ is the directory containing the zipdisk1.img file and the "dd.exe" utility you downloaded from the Internet

    After a few minutes, a new ZIP disk is created. If successful, the terminal window will show something similar to this;
      96+0 records in
      96+0 records out


  • Pop it into the ZIP drive on the S‑550 or W‑30 and see if you can load samples to verify it works


TO CREATE AN 80MB ZIP DISK IMAGE FILE TO ARCHIVE (OR UPLOAD TO THE INTERNET)
  • Place your S‑550 or W‑30 ZIP disk with all the samples on it into the ZIP drive
    *** IMPORTANT *** If a window pops up and says Format, DO NOT format it! Cancel! All your samples will be erased otherwise!

  • Click on the START icon and Run the "cmd" program to open up a DOS terminal window

  • Enter the following commands in the DOS terminal window
    • dd if=\\.\F: of=C:\samples\myzipdisk.img bs=1M

    where;
    \\.\F: is the drive letter Windows assigned to the ZIP drive (Change F: if yours is a different letter)
    C:\samples\ is the directory containing the myzipdisk.img file and the "dd.exe" utility you downloaded from the Internet

    After a few minutes, a new ZIP disk image file named myzipdisk.img is created. If successful, the terminal window will show something similar to this;
      96+0 records in
      96+0 records out


  • Pop it into the ZIP drive on the S‑550 or W‑30 and see if you can load samples to verify it works

  • You now have a clone of your original ZIP disk called myzipdisk.img which is a large 100MB disk image file. So now what can you do with this ZIP disk image file? Some options would be
    • Keep it on a hard drive somewhere as an archive file so you always have a backup of the ZIP disk
    • Share it. Place it on a server somewhere so S‑550 and W‑30 owners can download it (Hint, Hint)
    • Pop it onto a USB stick. Share it with an S‑550 or W‑30 owner via snail mail (safer than sending a ZIP disk in the mail)


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