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    Zip Disk (Word 2003)

    I copied some files on my 250 MB Zip Disk. I don't want to delete these files by miskate. How do I make my Zip Disk read only? When I had a 3 1/2 inch floppy (In the past) I would just pull up the plastic level in the left hand corner and it was read only. Is there anything like that on a Zip Disk??

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    Re: Zip Disk (Word 2003)

    You definitely have to use the Iomega software to make them write-protected, as there are no physical write-protection tabs on Zip disks, unlike floppy diskettes.

    Edited to Add: Just found the following page about write-protection, IomegaWare, and Windows XPSP2. It might behoove you to read this if you're using Windows XP. Write-Protection & Iomegaware

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    Re: Zip Disk (Word 2003)

    I was going to suggest setting the Read-only Attribute (General tab on the file's properties), but I see that on my XP box anyway, windows is happily chucking read-only files in the Recycle Bin, so this may not be a complete solution.

    I realize that you may have your own reasons for continuing to use Zip drives, but have you considered upgrading to CD or even DVD? For under $50USD for a dvd-writer, under $25USD for a CD-writer, you can write much more information on more solid media that's basically read-only by default.

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    Re: Zip Disk (Word 2003)

    are the cheaper dvd-writers good?

    i'm thinking about picking one up... I was originally waiting for them to get cheaper (they started around here at $200-400USD) and if they are $50 now, i'd say its about time i bought one!
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    Re: Zip Disk (Word 2003)

    i found a lite-on for $37.99 <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>

    i have a few other lite on drives so i'll probably order that this weekend. Thanks! <img src=/S/joy.gif border=0 alt=joy width=23 height=23>
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    Re: Zip Disk (Word 2003)

    Before you start fooling with those disks, I might suggest copying the contents somewhere else. A "Do Not Delete" folder on the hard drive, for temporary safekeeping or, better still, a CD or other media you can't easily erase.
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    Re: Zip Disk (Word 2003)

    In addition to thinking about what others have said about backing up to CDs and DVDs, you might want to make sure your Zip drive is functioning correctly, and that all of your Zip disks are in good shape. One of the reasons that Zip and Jaz drives lost popularity was their unfortunate tendency to develop "Click of Death" syndrome. I know -- I lost both a 1 GB Jaz drive and a 100 MB Zip drive - as well as multiple disks - to Click of Death. I don't want to alarm you, but you should probably download Steve Gibson's small program, Trouble in Paradise. It will diagnose both hard and soft errors on your Zip disks, and will give you a good idea as to their remaining life. Oh, there was a class action suit by owners of Zip drives against Iomega - you may be eligible. See the Iomega site for details. Iomega Main Page.

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    Re: Zip Disk (Word 2003)

    Yes, I've bought plenty of Lite-on drives for home and office. Good brand, no problems.

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