Disabling write caching on IDE ZIP drive
I have an old 500MHz P3 Dell Dimension with an IDE ZIP-100 drive. A while ago I updated it from Win98 to Win2k. I've just had reason to use the Zip drive and have found that when writing to the disk the data is not all written out straight away. If I eject the disk immediately the operation is finished, I soon get error messages about delayed writes failing.
On an even older SCSI-based system I have, the Zip drive is locked until all the data is written, but this doesn't seem to be the case on the IDE system.
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I've tried turning off Write Cache Enable in the drive properties, but the setting doesn't persist: if I immediately re-display the properties, the tick is already enabled again.
I've tried loading IomegaWare, but that makes no difference.
Can anyone tell me how to turn off delayed writes for the Zip drive completely under Win2k? Thanks!
Cheers Tony -- Tony Mountifield
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