ZIP Disks---do they just go bad overnight?

Discussion in 'Computer Support' started by PowerPost2000, Jan 21, 2006.

  1. Two ZIP 250 disks quit working last night. They worked 2 days ago,
    now they won't. I get the "disk not formatted" message. It's an
    external USB drive. I tried it on another computer, wouldn't work
    there, either. Then I tried some older 100MB disks and they do work.

    Any idea what might be going on?


    Oh, one more thing...we see these messages in almost every group "Is
    that deleted file really gone?" If they aren't really gone, where can
    I find my 500MB that the ZIP thinks isn't there?
    PowerPost2000, Jan 21, 2006
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    ng_reader Guest

    By no means an expert, but Iomega caught some very negative flap back in the
    day. Something along the lines of "clunk:" of death or something. But, I
    think it meant the drive was bad, not the media. I know it's really stupid,
    but can you try another drive?

    I bought a new PC about 4 months ago, I didn't even consider moving over my
    zip drive. Why bother, any more?
    ng_reader, Jan 21, 2006
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    Toolman Tim Guest

    In PowerPost2000 spewed forth:
    Sure. You're drive or your disks are going bad. Do you have access to a
    different /drive/ to test the disks in?
    I do hope you aren't using the ZIP device as your sole copy of your data
    files? Critical files should never be trusted to just one location. If you
    drive is going bad, you might be able to recover data using a different
    drive. And there may be data recovery programs that work on ZIP drives, but
    I've not run across one.

    Typically, when people say the deleted file isn't really gone, it's because
    the space on the drive where the data physcially resides still exists. Given
    the tools, that data space can be read. Unless, of course, physical damage
    to that space has occured, or that space has been over-written with new
    Toolman Tim, Jan 21, 2006
  4. COD: Click Of Death

    But you're right -- that was a drive issue, not a medium issue.

    IIRC, they did a recall or issued discounts on replacements or some such,
    as a result of - or to stave off - a class action suit.
    I just made a SuSE/W2K dual boot box with clean installs, and while I was
    doing that, I happened to stick some old 100MB Zips in my external drive.
    What a trip down memory lane. I had three disks of downloads of much of
    the Win freeware I used back in the day (I went 98% Linux in 2002).
    They actually served a purpose; while they weren't the latest versions,
    they did provide a pool of quickly-available apps for the W2K side, that I
    didn't have to screw around downloading on my dialup connection. I can
    upgrade them as I feel like it; but that got me going with the essentials
    Irfan, PSP, Belarc, etc., right away.

    It also brought up a quirk on my old Win98SE laptop. It's got it into its
    pointy little head that any storage I plug into USB is that drive. Even
    when I plug in my Lexar jump drive, it shows in Windows as "ZIP 100". :)
    It works, though. :)
    Blinky the Shark, Jan 21, 2006
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    Whiskers Guest

    All magnetic media can 'wear out'.

    Fading of magnetic records also happens; if these discs have seen a lot of
    use without being re-formatted then the 'marks' setting out the 'reference
    grid' used by the disc drive to find its place, may have faded just enough
    to drop below the threshold of sensitivity of the drive. (That is a long

    You can also damage the data by letting the disc get too close to a
    magnetic field such as a CRT monitor, TV set, electric motor, generator,
    alternator, transmitter, high voltage cable, ...
    Search for 'data recovery service'.
    Whiskers, Jan 21, 2006
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    Budweiser Guest

    Where do you store them?---next to a pair of speakers or near the
    just a thought
    Budweiser, Jan 21, 2006
  7. ....vibrator... :)
    Blinky the Shark, Jan 21, 2006
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    Parko Guest

    The ultimate ;)

    a). At the moment I miss the middle click option, desperately.
    b). I need to re-assemble the Linux-max Gruntmaster5000, like last year.
    c). I need to drink more beer. It's 20C now(@ 2340), was 41C(= 105.8F) @
    1600 in the shade, and 54C (= 129.2F) in the sun. Ow! I need an air
    conditioned radiation suit.
    Parko, Jan 22, 2006
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    Whiskers Guest

    V guvax gurl ner zrnag sbe n qvssrerag fbeg bs sybccl ;))
    Whiskers, Jan 22, 2006
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    Whiskers Guest

    Whiskers, Jan 22, 2006
  11. Well, you probably don't want something that'll rip flesh or cause an exit
    wound. If you do, Black & Decker probably has something for you. :)
    Blinky the Shark, Jan 22, 2006
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    Whiskers Guest

    This thread is getting a bit messy.
    Whiskers, Jan 22, 2006
  13. Q: How can you spot a butch dyke?
    A: She jump-starts her vibrator.
    Gary G. Taylor, Jan 22, 2006
  14. My rice steamer is a Black & Decker. I'm still looking for where the saw
    and drill attachments plug in.
    Blinky the Shark, Jan 22, 2006
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    Nov 27, 2012
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    Ooh a post from 2006! Bump!
    old_post_bumper, Nov 27, 2012
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