Zip® Tips

Here are a few tips you'll want to keep in mind to care for your Zip® drive and disks!

  • Always make sure the power supply is connected to the drive before inserting a Zip® disk.

    CAUTION! If a Zip® disk is inserted without the power supply connected, and power is then applied, it could damage the Zip drive. If you accidentally insert a disk when the power supply is not connected, eject it using the disk eject procedure, then connect the power supply and reinsert the disk.

  • Never use ordinary 3.5" floppy diskettes or floppy head-cleaning disks in your Zip® drive. They will cause severe damage to the drive.

    CAUTION! Never put anything into your Zip® drive except 100MB* Zip disks with the genuine Zip symbol. Using disks that do not have this symbol may cause damage to your drive or loss of data.

    *100MB where 1MB=1 million bytes. The capacity reported by your operating system may vary.

  • For best results, operate your Zip® drive on a level surface when a Zip disk is inserted and in use.

  • Always remove the Zip® disk from the drive when you are transporting your Zip drive.

    CAUTION! Use only an Iomega Zip® power supply. Other power supplies might damage your Zip drive.

  • Avoid exposing the Zip® drive and Zip disks to dust, direct sunlight, high temperature, moisture, or magnetic fields (such as monitors and some speakers).

  • Before connecting or disconnecting your Zip® drive, always shut down the computer and disconnect power from the Zip drive.

  • If you have a printer or scanner connected to the Zip® drive, make sure the power supply is connected even if you are not using the Zip drive. Power to the drive is required for correct data pass-through.

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