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Zip drive every time i insert my zip to the zip drive its keep on stateing i need to format it, but i have alot of data that are very important how can i retrive the data, as the zip will not open.

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Assuming you have connected the drive and then restarted the computer with the drive connected and powered on... if it is model 31714 (not the same as the picture no power supply is required - if power supply is required make sure unit is powered on prior to connecting)

First guess at your problem. Your disks are formatted for a operating system other than what you are using. (Mac formatted disks on a PC or the other way around)

If you don't know how the disks were formatted you could test this by letting it get to the "insert disk" and then trying to right click and see if you have a format option ... note this will erase all information on the disks.. you will likely need to long format

Second guess the drive is bad... have seen cases where the drive is bad. If you have another computer you can use try hooking the computer up to another computer and see if you get the same result.

Let me know if this does not work and specific model number and op system I might have more ideas. I can also point you to a replacement If I know more about your system.

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My Z100atapi Zip drive is recognized by Windows 7, but the old disks are not in a recognized file format. I need to get the old data ..

Greetings - According to Iomega your 100 MB ZIP drive media should be fine at being at least readable (the Iomega software does not work with Win 7) natively by Win 7 and Vista. Since the drive is recognized I suspect the problem is actually the discs themselves.

It turns out that the discs were not very good at long term storage and are notorious enough to have a term referring to the problem as the "Zip Burp" where:

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The only way that I know to find out for sure if your discs are good is if you can find someone with an XP machine that will let you temporarily install your Zip drive (including the latest drivers) and see what happens.

Good Luck,


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I have a Zip 250 disk that will not read. When I insert the disk in the external disk drive, it will spin and stop a few times and that's it. When I try to access the disk/drive letter via "My Computer",...

If the disk is unreadable this means that the format or the files extensions on it are not readable in the operation system you use..either are damaged or the disk itself is damaged or it wasn't finalized like it should ...If other disks inserted run ok than the disk it is damaged and it is nothing wrong with the drive itself..When it says to insert a disk this means that it is not seeing the disk at all and it sounds like a drive problem ..but if other disks are ok ..than it is just a damaged disk or in a format unreadable ..beware if it a cd unit ..will not read dvd-es..or if it a dvd kind will not read large dvd-es (dual layer) or blue-ray disks..

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Format on your old Macintosh using standard Mac HFS, then your new Mac will read the files without problems. Reformat the discs if they came pre-formatted for DOS as the filenames won't copy properly and will be very slow to read/write If your new Mac is FireWire/USB only, then you'll need to track down a USB Zip drive (the 100Mg or 250meg versions will read your discs ok.)

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check your pend drive on some other system if the message is the same, it has become corrupt,replace it

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you can always try to format and delete all the data, then recover it, recuva can help you recover it, its free from but that would be last resort

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1. Insert a blank disk into the zip drive
2. Give this disk a password (it can be any password, as long as you
remember it)
3. Using the Ioega toolset, set the zip drive's sleep time to a large
value (such as 1 minute)
4. Wait a while until the drive "spins down". You will hear the drive
stop spinning.
5. Take a pin or a straighten paper clip and stick it into a hole in
the back of the Zip drive. This will manually eject the blank disk.
6. Insert the disk you want to access (the one you don't know the
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7. now use the IoMega toolset to remove the password. When prompted
for the password use the password from step (2).
This is just a word of warning in case you store any important information like I used to on zip disks. Perhaps move to a more secure medium.

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