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Zip disk The zip disk will not eject when I press the button on the right side.

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Do a hard reset and then try it again

it may work.

else try some sharp obhect to move the lever carefully

Posted on Jun 23, 2008

  • dewan nafees ahmed Jun 23, 2008

    If you have problems ejecting your zip disk make sure you are following
    the correct procedure for doing so. First off, you need to unmount it -

    Properly unmounting the removable media is necessary to avoid the risk of data loss.

    also read this from direct iomega site

    How do I manually eject a disk from my Zip external drive?

    If a Zip® disk will not eject due to a power failure or the eject
    button fails to operate properly, use the following steps to manually
    remove the disk:

    Warning: Never manually remove a disk while the power supply
    is connected to the Zip drive or force a disk in or out of the Zip
    drive, as this could damage the drive.

    1. Straighten out the end of a paper clip.

    2. Locate the emergency eject hole on the drive (refer to the pictures below)
    Zip USB
    Zip Parallel Port
    Zip SCSI External

    1. Insert the straightened end of the paper clip into the emergency eject hole.

    If you are still unable to manually eject the Zip disk from your Zip
    drive, please contact an Iomega Technician by selecting the ‘Additional
    troubleshooting and support options’ link at the bottom of this page.

  • dewan nafees ahmed Jun 23, 2008

    reference for the help was from here

    dont forget to accept MY solution if u go by it.

    feel free for asking any doubts u have.

    thank u for ur cooperation.

    good luck for getting fixed soon


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