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Zip drive malfunction!

by ud_dude / July 22, 2005 5:36 AM PDT

hey all!
i recently switched to a new Athlon64 3000+ and MSI RS480M2 motherboard. I took out cd drive, cd writer, zip drive and floppy drive from the old system ( PII 400 Mhz ) and put them into the new one. All drives but the Zip 100MB are working properly. The computer shows the zip drive icon in my computer and the device manager also shows that the device is working properly. When i insert the zip disk into the drive it displays please insert a disk into the drive. The zip drive was working fine with my old pc.
Please help!
Thanks in anticipation
U.D. from New Delhi, India

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Test the drive in another machine.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 22, 2005 7:36 AM PDT
In reply to: Zip drive malfunction!

In closing, ALL zip drives are now beyond their service life. Be sure to get off that device.


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Beyond their service life?
by Edward ODaniel / July 22, 2005 7:44 AM PDT

I am curious what you imply and where you get this idea Bob.

Many ZIP drives are still in use and as a matter of fact are still readily available for use.

For some uses they are preferable to CDs, DVDs, or flash memory because there are still many, many wirking computers in homes and offices across the country still unable to use USB for one reason or another.

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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 22, 2005 9:34 AM PDT

Look at the manufacture date and then the MTBF values. We're beyond that time so any use is great, but don't build your world on this old, out of production and obsolete technology.


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Bob, they are still being manufactured!
by Edward ODaniel / July 22, 2005 2:39 PM PDT
In reply to: Simple.

And so are floppy drives (and floppy media) despite their being older technology also.

MTBF is only a projected value that really has little to do with "lifetime" (think hard drive MTBF for a more vivid impression).

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Iomega still has some stock, none in manufacture.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 22, 2005 10:07 PM PDT

It's dead technology, best moved away from. If you don't want to use MTBF, what will we use.

As to the floppy, I can't put a picture on it from my digital camera on one diskette. It's not very useful and the office has all of 2 out of 50 machines with a floppy. Another fine example of something going away.


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Yes it is still being manufactured Bob.
by Edward ODaniel / July 23, 2005 4:37 AM PDT

The "hipzip" and the "pocketzip" aren't (nor is the Jaz) but the ubiquitous Zip drive most certainly still is, as is the media.

Just like the old Bernoulli drive, the LS-120, and the floppy, and arguably even the CDR, even after they are no longer manufactured nor even readily available many of us will need to keep them around for backward compatibility if for no other reason.

The older and less capacious technology may be inconvenient for what you or I do today but that does not signify that it is insignificant nor even valueless, especially for those having an immediate need to obtain or recover files saved to the media.

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Not valueless, but a liability.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 23, 2005 5:52 AM PDT

Too often I've found a poor owner "stuck" with some data trapped on Zip or LS120 media. We keep a few spare drives in the storeroom to swap the drive out, reclain the data and then eject the unit.

You too can help people move to cheaper, mainstream storage without the costs of Zip blanks or unreliable 1.44M diskettes.

It's deadend stuff.


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PS - Of interest regarding manufacture, see
by Edward ODaniel / July 23, 2005 4:46 AM PDT
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