Checking the status of the Zip drive
TIP.EXE is a Zip disk surface quality test. The principle of the program is as follows: this program reads each sector of data from the disk, enters them into the computer’s memory, and in the free sector writes / reads special test sequences. Your data is saved when the device functions and the surface condition of this cartridge allow.
The process of reading, overwriting, and restoring data in each sector of the cartridge is absolutely safe for the Zip cartridge, while it is possible to detect and recognize any slowly developing malfunction and take security measures before the data becomes inaccessible to read.
Even if you do not aim to determine possible damage to the drive or cartridge, this program will help you maintain the cartridge in good condition.
For this program to work correctly, the Zip Iomega drive and cartridge must be in good working order. If the drive or cartridge is damaged, this program will immediately inform you … But in cases where malfunctions do not lead to the complete failure of the drive, TIP will not be able to determine which of the two components – the drive or cartridge – is the actual source of problems .
The program can be used:
To check the status of unknown cartridges with a fully functional Zip drive.
To check the status of an unknown drive by installing a proven cartridge in it. It should be remembered that testing a good cartridge on a knowingly bad (with a “click of death”) drive can damage the cartridge. If the damage to the cartridge begins to expand, then you can stop the test before the damage becomes extensive.
Work with the program TIP.EXE
TIP.EXE runs on Windows. Work with the program consists in monitoring errors displayed on the screen and making decisions about the degree of operability of the device and the quality of the cartridge. Unlike, for example, Norton Disk Doctor programs or a regular program for checking disks in Windows, TIP.EXE captures all failed situations in the device and shows the type of the last error, which gives good information for an objective analysis of the quality of the drive, as well as quality assessment floppy disks.