I had an internal 100 Mb zip drive that died; i.e., it began telling me that all my zip-drives were write-protected. That property is set in software and my zip software (is there an abbr. for software v. hardware?) definitely said these drives were not write-protected. I called my OEM (Gateway) and they immediately sent a replacement. Oh yeah, old drive did produce the clicking sound assoc. w/click-death. My understanding of this phenomenon is that we are seeing something you could call a mechanical virus where a flaw in the drive causes a flaw in the disk that causes that disk to induce the same flaw in the next drive that tries to read that "bashed" disk. Zip drives are hugely popular so I don't as yet accept that they are unviable media.
OK, my questions:
1.) Am I going to damage the new Zip drive if I try to use (read) drives written by the dead drive; &...
2.) If the above is TRUE, what alternatives are there for recovering the data on those drives?
Thankfull for any help, & sorry for the long post.