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Iomega 100MB zip drive

by trainwasher / August 15, 2004 10:37 PM PDT

I am unable to read the data I had saved on my Iomega 100MB zip drive. It keeps clicking as if looking for something and then tells me that the device is not ready, it can't find the device driver. I tried to download a driver from Iomega but not successful.

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[/b]Re: Iomega 100MB zip drive [b]CLICK OF DEATH
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 15, 2004 10:52 PM PDT
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It's a common failure. Time to decide what to do next.
Just FYI. I had to help someone retrieve some files from the Zip media so we found some old drive from, moved the files out and ebay'd the old Zips off.

Sorry to read about your loss.


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Insert carefully. . .
by Coryphaeus / August 15, 2004 11:34 PM PDT
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The Zip drive is not a floppy drive and doesn't work the same way.

I found out a long time ago that if I "slammed" the Zip flop into the drive I got the "click of death". I learned to insert the floppy slowly!! I've never had a problem since. An email to Iomega verified this and they told me that they would put this technique onto their FAQ pages. I don't know if it ever showed up as I've since started using CDs and the two Zip drives I have are in a drawer.

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Re: Life expectancy of a Zip Drive?
by Dorothy M / August 16, 2004 10:50 AM PDT
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Does anyone know how long these drives usually last?

If the drive has a problem, with no symtoms, can it do damage to the disks?

I maybe having a problem, but not sure.

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Re: Life expectancy of a Zip Drive?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 16, 2004 10:57 AM PDT

They should last for many years but they are a bit fragile. Slam a disc in or taken a drive in your backback with the disk in it and they can just break.


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