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Problem with Zip drive discs

I had a Zip drive die, and purchased another so I could get the info off the discs that I have. I have taken it off all but four discs. These discs seem to make a noise like they are trying to start up, but don't. All four of them are either Excel or Word. I have a Dell 8400 system with Windows XP, Home Edition, Service Pack 2. I hope that someone can help me get this info off the discs. Thanks in advance.

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Once you reach this point ,send the disks out for recovery

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The usuals like drivesavers. There's a lesson here about backup.

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Please elaborate

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Please elaborate on what you said. And, where do you send them for recovery? Thanks.

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(NT) I'd try drivesavers.com

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Drivesavers.com

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Have you ever tried Drivesavers.com? They want $600 to $800 per disk to get the information off them. I'm afraid I don't want to spend that much on it. Thanks anyway.

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Yes.

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The most costly recovery was for some medical data. Since you don't want to ask people to do over the tests the cost was about 24,000 and worth every dime. Smaller jobs like yours cost a lot less.

-> It's all about how much its worth. Some may not like it but backups are here to stay it seems.
Bob

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Backup

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You said there is a message here about backup. That's what these discs were for. I backed up everything to them. I guess I needed more than two backups for everything. Thanks about Drivesavers.com. I will try them.

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If we reduce the numbers of copies of our files to just one.

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Then where is the backup? Sorry that its come down to this issue but backup means more than one copy to go get.
Bob

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Old Cnet article

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http://news.cnet.com/2100-1001-207628.html?legacy=cn

from 10 years ago. This was a well known problem and even brought class action suit against Iomega. It's possible that, given enough drives at your disposal, you could find one that would read from old and worn out disks. Otherwise, a trip to professional recovery services is an option.
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Click of Death, I solved. . .

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I found that if I inserted the disks very slowly there was no failure. Inserting them like you do a floppy is not the way to do it. Do it slowly.

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It was worth a try

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but, it didn't work. Thanks anyway.

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