This site describes one problem with the drives failing, then only after reading up on the history of the problem, you can run his utility to recover some of the cartridges messed-up due to the drive problem. This may, or may not, be the cause of your troubles.
Brian Hoort | 517-355-3776
ANR Technology Services, MSU
From: STeve Andre' [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
Sent: Monday, January 09, 2012 4:47 PM
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: Re: [MSUNAG] 100 mb ZIP Disk Recovery
On 01/09/12 16:40, Kim Geiger wrote:
>>>> On 1/9/2012 at 4:07 PM, l duynslager<[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>> Hi a user from another dept. contacted me about a 100 mb ZIP disk he
>> wants to recover files from. The files contained are genetic
>> sequences. I've got a little experience with that equipment, so I tried seeing if a 250 mb USB
>> ZIP drive would recognize the disk it wont. He says windows asks if the
>> disk should be initialized as it doesn't see it as formatted. I saw the
>> same thing happening when I tried.
>> From what I understand head misalignment in those drives was a
>> problem inserting your zip disk in one drive after another.
>> I tried using get data back and all of the other data recovery techniques I
>> know with a USB 250 drive which is all I have. Get data back could not
>> recover anything.
>> Has anybody out there dealt with similar problems? Any suggestions
>> other than sending the disk to Iomega Data Recovery.
> I think you need to read it with a Zip 100 drive. I don't think I have any of those anymore, but I'll look in the graveyard.
I have one, on a running OpenBSD box next to me. If the disk is FAT32 or NTFS, I should be able to read it. Contact me in email if you want to come over.