Problems with Iomega Zip drives in the US, commonly referred to as the “click of death”, have not been reported in either New Zealand or Australia.
The problem leaves Zip disks unreadable and may damage the drives themselves. A loud clicking noise accompanies the failure, hence the nickname.
Tech Pacific, which distributes Iomega in New Zealand, reports no instances of the problem here. An Iomega Australia spokeswoman said levels of return were “nothing out of the ordinary” and that had no information had been received from the US about the problem.
US reports suggest it occurs more often in external drives than internal. It may result from disks being damaged or mishandled and may or may not cause a domino effect in other Zip drives or disks.
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