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I/O Error on Zip Drive

Posted on 2006-06-23
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Hi!  I connect my IOMEGA Zip drive via USB to a IBM Thinkpad and go to My Computer and click 2x to open the Zip drive that has files on it.  When I double click on it...I get I: not accessible - I/O Device Error.

I have scanned and cleaned the computer of any/all spyware.

This Zip drive has worked in the past.  But all of a sudden, I am getting the I/O Device Error...

Any help is MOST appreciated!!!
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by:SuperCPlus
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Oops...The Device Manager says this hardware is working properly.  I do not have another Zip disk on hand...(but can purchase one - if needed!)  I usually disconnect it when I have finished copying files to it.  So the computer recognizes when I connect and disconnect it.
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by:Expert4XP
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Here is a free utility to test your zip drive:

http://www.grc.com/tip/clickdeath.htm
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by:seehear
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click o death test was for jazz drives, IIRC.  Check your cables and plugs, make sure they are in good shape.  Then try that new disk you got.
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by:rindi
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I'd get another cartridge. Then also download knoppix and but your PC with it. If you can access the zip drive within knoppix, the hardware is ok.

http://knoppix.net
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by:ECNSSMT
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did you put a password on the zip disk?

Regards,
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nobus earned 100 total points
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an i/o error points to the in/output of data being wrong.¨
Possible causes are :
corrupted data on the disk  --> try to format the disk
bad disk                          -->  try another disk
bad drive, or cable.         --> try another one
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by:ded9
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try formating the zip drive

Reps
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by:ded9
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oops format zip dsik
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by:SuperCPlus
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Sorry for the delay in responding.....I am trying to purchase a zip disk....they are becoming a rarity!!  I will respond as soon as I try a new zip disk in the drive.  Hope that is what the I/O device error is!!

Thanks!!
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by:ECNSSMT
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On some systems; if the ZIP disk has a password on it; it gives an error if you just doubleclick on it instead of going via the zip utility to provide the password...
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by:SuperCPlus
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I don't think this zip disk has a password - I use the zip disk to "download" information from a CD drive -

Usually, when I attach the zip drive via USB to the laptop - the contents of the zip open up and I can see the files on the zip drive.  I select all the files, delete all the files, then a program on the CD will transfer new information (files) from the CD to the zip drive (It is a program called Avidyne - aironautic information - for an airplane navigation system)

I attached the Zip Drive to an open USB port actually on my computer - the contents of the zip disk did not appear, but the Zip drive was listed in My Computer - under 'Other Removable Devices' - so I went to My Computer, clicked 2x on the Removable Disk I:  (I did have a USB 4-Port hub attached to the other USB port on my laptop - thus the Drive I:  ( USB 4- Port hub took up E, F, G, H readings) and got the I/O Device Error (no error number though).

I am using an IBM Thinkpad laptop - come to think of it....I never had this problem until I added the 4-Port USB hub to the other USB port on my computer....hmmm.  Would this cause a problem of an I/O Device Error?
 
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by:nobus
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actually, i have zip disks around. if you're not too far away, i could send you some.
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by:SuperCPlus
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Thanks nobus ! Anywhere near Sag Harbor NY........?
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by:nobus
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belgium i'm afraid . .
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by:seehear
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Too bad I didn't read this earlier - I go to sag on weekends.  Too much rain this week end, though;  I didn't go.
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by:ECNSSMT
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can't imagine it being the USB-hub, but anything is worth a shot.

If you don't recall entering a password, then I'm barking up the wrong tree.
but this is the info referencing password protection on zip disks.  

Regards,
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by:SuperCPlus
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My apologies for the late reply .........  got an excuse...but have a solution too now....I am sure you would rather hear the solution!

Another disk did not do the trick.   There seems to be a problem with the IOMEGA ZIP 100 drive.  

I have purchased another drive - actually a ZIP 250 so that my original 100Mb disks would continue to work (I only use this for the aeronatic software....)

Thank you all for your contributions!   I will try not to be as long in responding again!!

I will split the points....thanks again for your input!!
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