My computer does not recognize my Iomega 35 GB Rev Drive anymore. Tech support says I have to buy a new one. Any ideas on how to get the information off the REV disk without spending $200 for a new Rev drive?
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so sad but hard drives are delicate precision pieces of technology and are not meant to be bounced from the floor
roughly put the laser eye that reads the disk is faulty and the hard drive is failed
any data is lost
these drives are so old, even I don't have the software. If I should haven I can't read it, because I done have any floppy disk connected to any computer. But if you really want the drive to run, why not try a program from Novastor. Or connect them, to check your drive is still supported. But first make sure your computer can connect the drive. Because newer computers don't have floppy connectors nor SCSI interfaces.
Is it possible to find an old computer running an old version of Windows, and then to connect the tape-drive to that computer, and then to copy the files onto a folder on that computer?
Then, if that computer has a network-card, you can "share" that folder, so that all computers on your network can then access that "shared" folder, i.e., to copy the files, and then to burn them to a CD-recordable.
If the machine hasn't been altered in all those years, retrieving the data shouldn't be a problem. If I remember correctly from my days with one of those, the driver software made the tape drive appear as any other drive in Windows so it was just a matter of copying data to and from the drive just like any other hard drive in the system.
I'm having this exact same issue and according to the DELL tech it is common. What I had to do is keep using the tapes until they started passing. I bought 2 brand new cleaning tapes and ran two cleaning jobs before it would pass. My daily tapes are passing, and after several retrys my weekly tapes are passing. Since my Monthly tapes occur so infrequently, I'm just taking one of the Daily tapes out of the rotation and using a Monthly tape until it passes. It's either this or buy a new tape drive.