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Zip Disk Jam

Friday, August 25th, 2006 by | Filed Under: File & Disk Management

Zip Disk Jam

Do you use zip disks often? (Read here for some information on zip files if you’re not sure). If you do, you may have come across the problem of them getting stuck every now and again. Am I right? It’s probably one of the most frustrating things that’s happened with your computer too and I bet you all would just love an easy fix for when (or if) it happens again. Well, you’re in luck, because I’ve got a couple things you can try.

Before you do anything, you need to shut down your computer the proper way. Don’t restart it, but actually power it down by selecting Shut Down (or Turn Off) from the Start menu. This will cut off all the power to the zip drive so it can reset itself. Let your computer sit for awhile and then turn it back on. Usually, the zip drive will eject the disk when the computer is started back up from a complete power off state.

If that doesn’t work, straighten out a paperclip and insert it in the little hole in front of the zip drive. Do this until you feel a spring-like resistance. Then push a little harder with the paperclip and with any luck, you will force the drive to eject the disk. The first method works the best, so make sure you try that first, because it will work about 99 percent of the time.

Now, if your zip drive happens to be making any loud clicking noises, you may have a damaged drive and you should then take it to a computer repair store for further assistance.

~ Erin

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