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Can't read specific Diskette

I have an Iomega 100MB parallel interface Zip Drive. I have one 100MB Diskette that I can not read. No problem with other ones. Any suggestions?

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It sounds like the one diskette has gotten corrupted. If there is no problem reading the others then it is not a drive problem but a diskette problem. Sorry.

Posted on Jan 22, 2009

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