I just sent my sister in law an external 100 MB Zip drive and two disks. I never used it much when I had it so I don't really have any experience with them. Before long she started complaining that some of the disks were giving her headaches. She couldn't write to one of them, some files she copied to another disk cannot be retrieved, and now the Tools disk has become unreadable. We tried to install on a second PC and got permanent read errors and later, system hangs. (The Tools disk even causes MY system to hang, when I try to read it in my 250 MB external drive.)
What's the deal with Zip drives and disks? Are they known to be flakey or is this some kind of fluke?
Perhaps the drive is defective. I currently use a SCSI ZIP 250 for my office computer and home computer and haven't had a single problem with the drives themselves or the disks (I have over 50 250MB medias. I also have a Zip100 Parallel Port model that's almost 3 years old and it's still running strong...
Search this forum for "Click of Death".
You may be eligible for a replacement from Iomega.
Yeah, I got 3/4 through your first sentence and I thought click of death. I've been using my 100mbzip drive as a temp storage spot for dl's before I move them to cd for over a year, and I haven't experienced it, but I'm just lucky.
I hope you're eligible for a replace.
I just had to return a zip drive I had ordered as a present. It would not install correctly...even in place of a working zip I removed as a test. When I finally managed to get it to install, it showed up in Windows as drive B:, and wouldn't read a disk with data on it..said the disk was not formatted..
I returned it.
Go to the following URL, read the FAQs...download TIP, a small file to test zip drives.
Btw, if you have a disk with bad sectors, just call Iomega and they'll send you a new one. You don't even have to send the broken one back.
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