Completing a zip disk data recovery of lost or deleted files can be done using software in the majority of cases. However, mechanical faults to disks can hinder this process greatly. In this article I’ll show you what types of faults can occur and how to work around these issues. Ultimately, you may have to contact a data recovery expert.
Regular data recovery applications such as Remo Undelete are capable of doing a post format data recovery of files that have been lost on the zip disk. However, all types of software will need the disk to be in a functionally healthy state in order to read the contents.
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Getting Your Data Back
The great thing about zip disks was that they had very closed enclosure in comparison to floppy disks. This meant there was less chance of dust or particles getting into the media itself. However, the downside to this is that if there are mechanical faults on the inside of the product then there is less that we can do to repair the faults.
If you do hear a rattling noise inside the device that may indicate that components have come loose. The danger is that they could start to scratch the disk surface. In this case, contact a data recovery specialist directly to open the zip disk and attempt a mechanical recovery of your data.
Other damage may be less obvious such as exposure to magnetic fields or damage to the read/write heads. Even a power spike can lead to internal components being effectively fried and made useless (again, contact the experts).
One thing you can however consider is the possibility of your zip drive itself being damaged. You may not need to do a zip disk data recovery if the problem is actually with your zip reader hardware. Try using a different device (if available) to double check the reader is not to blame.