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Disc won't read

On the drive the light flashes, I could hear it trying to read the disc but nothing happens.

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  • ddanem Apr 01, 2008

    Problem not solved

  • Jimbo3625 May 20, 2008

    I am having the same problem: the drive clicks a lot and is definitely powered up, but nothing shows up on the desktop. I have an iMac OS 10.4 and a Zip 100 drive. The disk is also a 100MB disk.
    Thanks for any help you can provide.



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What type of zip disk are you trying to read? if it is larger than 100MB, the drive will not be able to read it.

can you read other disks? can you see the drive in my computer?

what operating system are you using, and how does does this drive connect to the computer? USB? Firewire?

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