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What is the purpose of the prism-ish piece of plastic on the underside corner of a Zip disk? It doesn't seem to move, and I've tried to remove one, just to see if it was some sort of write-protect, but it's pretty well stuck in there. So what's it for?...

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    What is the purpose of the prism-ish piece of plastic on the underside corner
    of a Zip disk? It doesn't seem to move, and I've tried to remove one, just to
    see if it was some sort of write-protect, but it's pretty well stuck in there.
    So what's it for?
    Del March Guest

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    Del March <delmarchaol.comBITEME> wrote:
    > What is the purpose of the prism-ish piece of plastic on the underside
    > corner of a Zip disk?
    What is the purpose of posting this question to _this_ newsgroup?

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    >What is the purpose of the prism-ish piece of plastic on the underside corner
    >of a Zip disk? It doesn't seem to move, and I've tried to remove one, just
    >to see if it was some sort of write-protect, but it's pretty well stuck in
    >there. So what's it for?
    The drive detects the disk that way, by shining an LED and looking for the
    reflection.

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    On Fri, 18 Jul 2003 09:08:54 -0400, [email]mikePOSTTOGROUP.inva[/email]lid (Mike
    Rosenberg) wrote:
    >> What is the purpose of the prism-ish piece of plastic on the underside
    >> corner of a Zip disk?
    >
    >What is the purpose of posting this question to _this_ newsgroup?
    'Cuz his server doesn't carry
    storage.disk.iomega-zip.random-silly-questions?

    forge Guest

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    [email]tacitraol.com[/email] (Tacit) writes:
    >
    > The drive detects the disk that way, by shining an LED and looking
    > for the reflection.
    I think it also identifies the disc's capacity.

    IIRC, the Zip-250's lens is red (the Zip-100's is white). I don't
    know what color a Zip-750 disc is.

    -- David
    David C. Guest

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