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Iomega CD-RW USB 2.0 Drive User's Manual

Welcome to the Iomega CD-RW USB 2.0 Drive. This drive uses the latest USB 2.0 technology to achieve the following speeds:

USB 2.0 technology is capable of running at speeds up to 40 times faster than the standard USB 1.1 technology. Connect the Iomega CD-RW USB drive to a USB 2.0 port to achieve the USB 2.0 speed. Connected to a standard USB 1.1 port, the drive runs at the standard USB 1.1 speed.

The Iomega CD-RW USB drive is capable of reading and writing many types of CDs, such as audio CDs, CD-ROMs, CD-Rs, and CD-RWs. The Iomega CD-RW drive can:

System Requirements

Your system must meet the following minimum requirements to support the Iomega® CD-RW USB 2.0 drive.

Upgrading from Windows 98 to Windows Me/2000/XP

If a previous version of Iomega CD-RW software is installed on your system, remove it before installing Windows Me/2000/XP. Use Add/Remove Programs in Control Panel, uninstall all the Iomega CD-RW software, then restart Windows. Install Windows Me/2000/XP according to the instructions included with the Windows Me/2000/XP package. Install the Iomega CD-RW software included with your Iomega drive after the Windows Me/2000/XP installation is complete. See Installing Iomega CD-RW Software for help installing the Iomega software.

Getting Started

IMPORTANT: To operate the Iomega® CD-RW drive at USB 2.0 speeds, you will need to purchase and install a USB 2.0 adapter card.

Before installing or using your Iomega CD-RW drive, read and follow the USB guidelines to ensure reliable performance from your USB drive.

Here's how to get started using your Iomega CD-RW drive:

  1. Unpack the Iomega CD-RW drive and accessories.

  2. Iomega Solutions CD, Quick Install booklet, and Blank CD-R disc

    USB Cable

    Audio Cable

    External Power Supply

    Iomega CD-RW Drive

  3. Install the Iomega CD-RW software.

    NOTE: Installing the Iomega CD-RW software installs the drivers needed on your computer to support the Iomega CD-RW drive. If the necessary drivers are not installed, the Iomega CD-RW drive might not be recognized or might not work correctly.

  4. Connect your Iomega CD-RW drive.

Installing Iomega® CD-RW Software

Installing the Iomega software installs the drivers and tools you need on your computer to support your Iomega CD-RW drive. See Selecting and Using Discs for information about the additional software applications included on the Iomega software CD.

NOTE: You must connect the Iomega CD-RW drive to a USB 2.0 adapter card and install the correct drivers before the CD-RW drive will run at USB 2.0 speeds. Check with the manufacturer of your USB 2.0 adapter card to find the correct drivers for your operating system. The Iomega CD-RW USB drive will run at USB 1.1 speed when connected to a USB 1.1 connector.

  1. Start your PC and wait for Windows to finish loading.

    NOTE: If Windows is already running, close any open applications before proceeding.

  2. Insert the Solutions CD (label-side up) into the CD-ROM drive.

    The software setup program should start automatically. If the Iomega software setup program does not start automatically:

    1. Open My Computer or Windows Explorer.

    2. Double-click the CD-ROM drive letter (usually D:, E:, or F:).

    3. Double-click Iomega_CD-RW.

  3. Select Install CD-Ware Software to install the required software for the Iomega CD-RW USB drive.

  4. Follow the instructions on the screen to install the software.

  5. Connect your Iomega CD-RW drive.

Connecting the Iomega® CD-RW Drive

  1. If you have not already installed the Iomega CD-RW software, install it now.

    NOTE: You must connect the Iomega CD-RW drive to a USB 2.0 adapter card and install the correct drivers before the CD-RW drive will run at USB 2.0 speeds. Check with the manufacturer of your USB 2.0 adapter card to find the correct drivers for your operating system. The Iomega CD-RW USB drive will run at USB 1.1 speed when connected to a USB 1.1 connector.

  2. Connect the power supply to your Iomega CD-RW drive and then plug it into an outlet. The green power light on the front of the drive should flash momentarily when you plug in the power supply.

  3. Connect the Iomega CD-RW USB cable that came with your drive to the Iomega CD-RW drive. Squeeze the side buttons to attach the connector or remove it from the drive.

  4. Connect the other end of the USB cable to the external USB 2.0 port on the back of your computer. The USB 2.0 PCI card external connectors might not be marked. If you do not have a USB 2.0 adapter card, connect the drive to a standard USB connection. However, this reduces the speed of the drive.

Congratulations!

USB Guidelines

USB (Universal Serial Bus) is an interface designed to make it easy to connect mice, keyboards, joysticks, printers, digital cameras, and other devices to your computer. Because of its ease of use, USB is also used to connect high speed storage devices, such as the Iomega CD-RW USB drive.

The Iomega CD-RW USB 2.0 Drive uses the latest USB technology, USB 2.0. This technology is approximately forty times faster than the previous USB 1.1 technology.

Follow these guidelines to ensure optimal and reliable performance of your Iomega CD-RW USB drive and other USB devices.

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Using the Iomega® CD-RW USB Drive

About the Iomega CD-RW Drive

Performance

CD drive performance is measured by how quickly the drive can copy a 74-minute audio CD. A standard 1x CD recorder can record an entire 74-minute audio CD (650 MB) in 74 minutes.

Disc Type
Speed
Description

CD-R
Write once

24x

Your Iomega CD-RW drive can record a full CD 24 times faster than a standard 1x CD recorder; or in about 3 minutes.

CD-RW
Rewritable

10x

Your Iomega CD-RW drive can create a full rewritable CD 10 times faster than a standard 1x CD recorder; or in about 8 minutes*.

CD
Read

40x

Your Iomega CD-RW drive can read data from a CD-ROM 40 times faster than a standard 1x CD-ROM.

* Assuming that the CD-RW media is preformatted.

Drive connectors

The connectors on the back of the drive are listed below.

  Connector Function
1. Power Connector Use the provided power supply cable to connect to the drive and then to a wall outlet.
2. USB 2.0 port Use the provided USB cable to connect the drive to a USB 2.0 port or to a standard USB port on your computer.
3. Factory Test Port Do not connect anything into this port.

Drive Controls and Indicators

The Iomega CD-RW drive has controls and jacks on the front and back panel of the drive that are labeled with various indicators. The following section describes these controls and indicators.

  1. The View Window lets you view the CD.

  2. The Write status LED (left) flashes red if the drive is reading from or writing to a disc.

  3. The Power LED (right) will be green if the drive is receiving power.

  4. The Eject Button opens the Iomega CD-RW drive to insert or remove a disc.

  5. The Emergency Eject Hole opens the Iomega CD-RW drive to remove a disc during a power failure.

  6. The Volume Control raises and lowers the volume output.

  7. The Audio Jack enables you to use the provided audio cable to connect to an audio port on your computer and listen to audio CDs.

Iomega CD-RW USB Drive Power

When you shut down your system, you can disconnect power to the Iomega CD-RW drive; however, it will not harm the drive to leave it powered up. Disconnecting the power supply from the drive is an easy way to power down the Iomega CD-RW drive.

If you disconnect power from the drive, but leave the power supply plugged in, the power drawn is less than 2 Watts. To power down completely, plug the power supply into your computer's power strip and use the switch on the power strip to power down both the computer and your Iomega CD-RW drive.

Identifying the Drive Letter Assigned to your Iomega CD-RW Drive (PC Only)

If you have more than one CD drive connected to your computer, you might not know which drive letter is assigned to your Iomega CD-RW drive.

To find the drive letter for your Iomega CD-RW drive, double-click the My Computer icon on your desktop. Right-click the CD Drive icon and select Eject from the menu. The tray of the selected CD drive will open.

Inserting or Ejecting a CD

Press the eject button on the Iomega CD-RW drive to insert or remove discs. When you insert a CD into the Iomega CD-RW drive, the red activity light flashes.

Ejecting a Disc in Case of Power Loss

The Iomega CD-RW drive must be receiving power for normal disc insertion and removal. However, if you need to eject a disc during a power failure, use the following steps:

CAUTION! Never remove a disc manually while the power supply is connected to the Iomega CD-RW drive.

  1. Turn off your computer and Iomega CD-RW drive.

  2. Disconnect the power to the Iomega CD-RW drive.

  3. Insert a straightened paper clip into the emergency eject hole to eject the CD.

Disconnecting Your Iomega CD-RW Drive

Always close any open files and remove the CD before disconnecting the Iomega CD-RW drive. Disconnect the cable first, then remove the cable from the drive.

Using the Drive as an Audio CD Player

NOTE: The following instructions enable you to listen to audio CDs through your computer speakers. You can also connect headphones to the audio jack on the side of the CD-RW drive. Plug in headphones only while listening to audio CDs.

Connecting the Audio Cable:

  1. To avoid damage to your computer and Iomega CD-RW drive, turn off the power to both your computer and the Iomega CD-RW drive.

    Print this User's Manual as a reference before shutting down your computer.

  2. Locate the "audio out" jack on the side of the Iomega CD-RW drive. Connect the audio cable included with your Iomega CD-RW drive.

  3. Locate the "Audio In" or "Line In" port on your computer and plug in the other end of the audio cable. Check the documentation that came with your computer or sound card if you are not sure of the location of this port.

    NOTE: The location of the line in port on your computer might not be exactly as shown in the illustration below.

  4. Reconnect the power to your system and the Iomega CD-RW drive.

Selecting and Using Discs

Selecting CDs

Your Iomega CD-RW USB drive is capable of reading and writing many types of CDs, such as audio CDs, CD-ROMs, CD-Rs, and CD-RWs. Your Iomega CD-RW drive can be used in the following ways:

  1. Play/Read most types of CD media.
  2. Write CD-R discs.
  3. Write and Rewrite CD-RW discs.

Your drive is compatible with the following types of CDs:

Media
Description

CD-DA
CD-ROM
CD-R
CD-RW

Compact Disc-Digital Audio
Compact Disc-Read Only Memory
Compact Disc-Recordable
Compact Disc-Re writable

Your Iomega CD-RW USB drive is compatible with the following CD formats:

Format
Description

CD-DA
CD-ROM
CD-Extra
CD-ROM XA
Photo CD*
CD-i*
CD+G
CD Text
Video CD

Compact Disc-Digital Audio
Compact Disc-Read Only Memory
Enhanced Music CD (formerly CD Plus)
Multitrack CD-ROM
Photo CD
Compact Disc-Interactive
Compact Disc Plus Graphics
Compact Disc Text
Compact Disc-Digital Video

*Might require special software.

When to Use CD-R Discs

CD-R discs enable you to permanently store data in a format that is readable on virtually all CD-ROM drives. This information is stored permanently on the CD and cannot be erased. Use CD-R discs for:

Advantages of CD-R over CD-RW:

When to Use CD-RW Discs

CD-RW enables you to record information to a CD, then rewrite new information to it. Use CD-RW discs for:

Advantages of CD-RW over CD-R:

NOTE: Only CD-RW drives can read and write data to CD-RW discs. Multi-read CD-ROM drives can read (but not write) to CD-RW discs.

Selecting High Quality CD-R Media

Caring for Your CDs

Follow these general guidelines when handling CD-Recordable and CD-ReWritable discs:

Using the Software on the Iomega CD

The Iomega Software CD includes several applications to enable you to create different types of CDs.

Using Iomega HotBurn® Software

Use the Iomega HotBurn software to do the following:

Iomega HotBurn software has an interactive User's Manual. Open the HotBurn software and click on the Help Icon for instant help on using the software. The HotBurn User's Manual is also on the Solutions CD.

Additional Software

Check out the additional software applications included on the Solutions CD. Use this software to convert music to MP3 files or play audio CDs on your computer. Insert the Iomega Solutions CD and select one of the software icons for details.

Technical support for additional software applications is provided on the software manufacturer's Web sites.

Troubleshooting

Problems Burning CDs

Try these suggestions first:

A Buffer Underrun Error Occurred

CD writing is a process that must run constantly at the selected recording speed, without interruptions. The Iomega CD-RW drive's buffer is constantly filled with a reserve of data waiting to be written, so that small slowdowns or interruptions in the flow of data from the computer do not interrupt writing.

A buffer underrun error means that the flow of data from the source (e.g., hard disk, CD-ROM drive) to the Iomega CD-RW drive was interrupted long enough for the Iomega CD-RW drive's buffer to be emptied, and writing was halted. If this occurs during a write operation your recordable disc might be ruined.

To Avoid Buffer Underrun Errors

If you are using a CD-ROM drive as the source for CD to CD copying, enabling DMA (Direct Memory Access) might improve system performance. Check the documentation that came with your computer to see if your hard drive and CD-ROM drive support DMA.

To enable DMA on Windows® 98/Me:

NOTE: On some systems, you need to change the BIOS settings to add DMA support, check the user's manual that came with your computer for more information.

  1. Right click My Computer on the Windows desktop and select Properties.

  2. Click the Device Manager tab.

  3. Double click CD-ROM.

  4. Double click the icon for your Source CD-ROM drive.

  5. Click the Settings tab.

  6. If the box next to the DMA setting does not already have a check mark in it, click the box to enable DMA.

  7. Click OK.

  8. Double click the Disk drives icon.

  9. Double click the icon for your computer's hard drive.

  10. Follow steps 5-7 to enable the DMA setting for your hard drive.

  11. Click OK to finish.

  12. Allow the system to reboot.

  13. Begin the recording session again.

To enable DMA on Windows 2000/XP:

NOTE: On some systems, you need to change the BIOS settings to add DMA support, check the user's manual that came with your computer for more information.

  1. Right click My Computer on the Windows desktop and select Manage.

  2. Click Device Manager.

  3. Double click IDE ATA/ATAPI controllers.

  4. Double click location of your source CD-ROM drive.

  5. Select the Advanced Settings tab.

  6. Select Transfer Mode and highlight DMA if available.

  7. Allow the system to reboot.

  8. Begin the recording session again.

If Enabling DMA Does Not Fix the buffer underrun problem, open the HotBurn software, click Settings. Change the burn speed to a lower setting.

Possible Causes of Buffer Underrun Errors

Causes of buffer underrun errors include:

Poor Media Quality

Use brand name CD-R and CD-RW discs. Using top brand name discs helps to ensure the optimal performance of your Iomega CD-RW drive. Check the Iomega website for a list of recommended media brands. Verify the media is not scratched, dirty, or damaged.

USB Problems

NOTE! The Iomega CD-RW USB drive is designed to the latest USB specification. However, some USB devices (including controller chips and hubs) currently available on the market do not conform to the USB standard. If you experience problems after connecting the Iomega CD-RW USB drive, your system might contain an old driver or a non-compliant USB controller. Contact the manufacturer of the USB controller or your computer for possible solutions. We also recommend checking the Iomega web site (www.iomega.com) frequently for updated software and the latest information on USB.

Network Problems

File Problems

Hard Disk Problems

Problems Creating Digital Audio CDs

CAUTION! Digital Audio Extraction (DAE) is designed to assist you in reproducing material in which you own the copyright or have obtained permission to copy from the copyright owner. Unless you own the copyright or have permission to copy from the copyright owner, you might be violating copyright law and be subject to payment of damages and other remedies. If you are uncertain about your rights, contact your legal advisor.

Copying audio digitally from a CD requires a CD-ROM drive or Iomega CD-RW drive which supports DAE. All Iomega CD-RW drives can perform DAE. Many CD-ROM drives do not support DAE at all; others do it, but not very well. Few (if any) high speed CD-ROM drives can extract audio successfully at or even near their top-rated data speed.

Unsuccessful audio extraction is easy to detect: it sounds bad (clicks, pops, or hissing within the track). The most common reason is that DAE was performed at too high a speed for your source CD-ROM or Iomega CD-RW drive to maintain proper synchronization of the audio data it was passing to the hard disk or Iomega CD-RW drive. Audio samples are skipped or repeated, causing errors which sound to the human ear like clicking, popping, or hissing.

The solution is to slow down DAE. However, with some drives, getting a clean audio extraction requires reading at very slow speeds, with lots of going back and rereading the same audio samples over again to make sure that everything is in the right place (this is called audio-resynching or jitter correction). Sometimes the read will be so slow that it becomes impossible to copy directly from your source audio CD to the Iomega CD-RW drive—the read speed is slower than the Iomega CD-RW drive's write speed. In this case you will have to copy the audio tracks to the hard disk and then record them back to the CD.

For more information, Open the HotBurn console and click the Help icon. Go to troubleshooting and read through the section What is Digital Audio Extraction?

The Iomega CD-RW Drive Writes at a Speed Lower than the Speed Setting

Other USB devices connected at the same time as the Iomega CD-RW drive can affect the Iomega CD-RW drive's performance, especially digital cameras or scanners that are processing large amounts of data. If you are using a hub to connect several devices to your computer, disconnect the other devices and connect the device directly to either of the computer's USB ports.

Your Iomega CD-RW USB 2.0 drive has the capability of writing data to both CD-R and CD-RW discs at 24x speed, when connected to a USB 2.0 adapter card. This means that it can write the equivalent of 24 minutes of audio data in one minute. An audio CD can contain up to 74 minutes of audio data. For example, in 24x mode, it will take around 3 minutes to write 74 minutes of audio data. Writing non-audio data might be even slower.

If the Iomega CD-RW USB 2.0 drive is connected to a USB 1.1 port, it will run at a much lower speed.

Average write speeds for a 1x CD writer are:

Any CD recorder will seem slow compared to an average Ultra DMA hard drive which can write about 33 MB/second. The speed difference stems from the difference in technologies. A hard drive uses magnetics to store its data. The CD recorder uses a laser to burn pits into blank CD discs.

There are several additional causes for slow write speeds:

HotBurn Doesn't Recognize My Disc.

HotBurn software comes with a system test that checks different parts of your system for compatibility. This helps to make sure your system is configured for optimal performance with HotBurn software and improves the likelihood of successfully making a CD.

Open Hotburn and click the HotBurn Tools icon, then click Run System Test. Follow the instructions on the screen.

If you are still experiencing problems, read the section in the HotBurn User's Manual about Buffer underruns.

I Want to Change the Drive Letter Assigned to the Iomega CD-RW Drive

Drive letter assignments are controlled by the operating system—in order to change a drive letter assignment, you must work with the procedures required by your computer's operating system.

NOTE: Changing your drive letters might cause letters assigned to other devices to be reassigned. Some links and dependencies might be broken. It might be necessary to reconfigure the software that came with your Iomega CD-RW drive after following these step, since changing drive letters may break some links within the software.

Windows 98/Me Users:

  1. Right click the icon for My Computer and select Properties.

  2. Click the Device Manager tab.

  3. Click the plus sign (+) next to CD-ROM drives, then click the icon for the Iomega CD-RW drive to select it.

  4. Click the Properties button located at the lower left of the Device Manager window.

  5. Click the Settings tab.

  6. The Settings window displays the current drive letter for the Iomega CD-RW drive. To set a specific drive letter, select the desired drive letter in the dialog box for Start drive letter. Note that the same drive letter should appear in the dialog box for End drive letter.

  7. Reboot the system.

Windows 2000/XP Users:

NOTE: You must have administrator privileges for the computer in order to change drive letters under Windows 2000.

  1. Select Control Panels, Administrator Tools, Computer Management, then Disk Management.

  2. Right click the icon for the Iomega CD-RW drive and select Change Drive Letter and Path from the shortcut menu.

  3. Click the Edit button.

  4. Click Assign a drive letter and select the letter you want to use for your Iomega CD-RW drive.

  5. Reboot the system.

Problems Reading Recordable CDs on a Standard CD-ROM Drive

Sometimes, it appears that you wrote a CD without trouble and can read it on your Iomega CD-RW drive; however, when you put it in a standard CD-ROM drive, one of the following happens:

The problems might not appear when you use the disc on different CD-ROM drives.

The lasers of some CD-ROM drives, especially older ones, are not calibrated to read recordable CDs because their surface is different from that of factory-pressed CDs. If your CD-ROM drive reads mass-produced (silver) CDs but not recordable CDs, check with the CD-ROM drive manufacturer to determine if this is the problem. An upgrade might be available to resolve the problem.

Problems Reading Recordable CDs on Any CD-ROM Drive

If you have successfully written a CD but have problems reading it, there are a number of possible reasons:

Problems with File Systems and File Names

Not all CDs can be read by all operating systems because of the file system and file names you use when the disc is created.

Search the World Wide Web for the most current information about file formats.

The following are the file naming conventions supported by different operating systems.

ISO 9660 (8+3 characters set)
If you are going to make an ISO 9660 Level 1-compliant disc, take ISO 9660's filename limitations into consideration from the start when creating your files and applications. Use this option to record discs with filenames which comply strictly with ISO 9660 Level 1 restrictions.

Any MS-DOS 8+3 filenames (unrestricted character set)
Windows 95/98/Me/2000/NT allows you to use file and folder names up to 255 characters long, which may include spaces. To maintain DOS compatibility, a DOS-standard (8+3) filename is associated with each file; these names are created automatically by Windows and can be viewed in Properties for each file. To create these DOS-standard names, long filenames are truncated and the tilde (~) character is added; a number may also be added to distinguish between files which would otherwise have identical names when truncated. For example, the filename "Letters to Send.DOC" might become "LETTER~1.DOC."

Joliet
Joliet is an extension of the ISO 9660 standard, developed by Microsoft for Windows 95, to allow CDs to be recorded using long filenames (it also allows for using the Unicode international character set). For files recorded to CD, Joliet allows you to use filenames up to 64 characters in length, including spaces.

Versions of Windows NT up to 3.51 build 1057 do NOT read the long filenames on Joliet discs. Windows NT 4.0 does support Joliet. If you select this option, filenames up to 64 characters long will be allowed. If a filename is longer than 64 characters, a message will appear allowing you to edit the filename.

Long File Names (30 characters max)
In Windows 95/98/Me/2000/NT long filenames are used, but converted to upper case. Filenames longer than 30 characters are truncated and the tilde (~) is added; a number might also be added to distinguish between files which would otherwise have identical names when truncated.

Romeo
Romeo allows you to write to disc filenames up to 128 characters long, including spaces. This is not part of the Joliet standard, and the Unicode character set is not supported. If read under DOS or Windows 3.1, file and directory names will appear truncated to 8+3. (However, if two or more filenames become identical when truncated, you will probably be able to see only the first.) Romeo long filenames can be read on Windows 95 and Windows NT 3.51 systems.

When you select this option, your disc can include filenames up to 128 characters long. File and directory names are automatically converted to uppercase for maximum compatibility with Windows NT 3.51 and DOS.

File Version Numbers
In strict interpretations of the ISO 9660 standard, all directory entries of files must contain the file name followed by a semicolon and the file version number, "1." Most operating systems automatically remove these two characters from the filename when accessing a file or displaying a directory.

Some UNIX systems require a setting to make the version numbers "disappear."

Windows System Problems When Creating CDs

If you are experiencing problems with your Windows Operating System when creating CDs, try one or more of the following:

Problems Using CDs Created on The Iomega CD-RW Drive on Any CD player.

CD-RW discs created on a Iomega CD-RW drive can be read on Multi read CD players. Virtually all CD-RW drives sold today are Multi read compatible. Many PC OEMs provide Multi read compatible CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drives as standard equipment with the computers they sell. Check with the owner's manual that came with your computer equipment to verify that the CD player is Multi read compatible.

NOTE: CD-R discs are read by virtually all types of CD drives sold today. If in doubt as to which type of disc to use, use a CD-R disc.

The Iomega CD-RW USB Drive Is Not Assigned a Drive Letter Under Windows 98/Me.

  1. Check all connections.

  2. Verify that the drive is receiving power.

  3. Verify that you are using the USB cable that came with your Iomega CD-RW drive.

  4. Verify that the Iomega HotBurn software is installed. The Iomega CD-RW software package shipped with your drive includes drivers required for Iomega CD-RW USB drives.

  5. Restart the computer after installing the Iomega HotBurn software.

  6. Try reinstalling the software. If you are using Windows and the Iomega CD-RW software is already installed, remove it using Add/Remove Programs in Control Panel, restart Windows, then reinstall the software.

  7. If you are using a USB 2.0 card, check Device Manager to verify that the card is installed and working properly.

  8. Check to see if your USB controller is enabled and is working properly.

    1. Right click the icon for My Computer and select Properties.

    2. Click the tab for Device Manager.

    3. Double click Universal Serial Bus Controller.

    4. Universal Host Controller and USB Root Hub should be listed.

    5. If either of these has an exclamation or a red X next to it, or if the Universal Serial Bus Controller is not listed, there is a problem with the USB Controller. Call your computer manufacturer for information on getting it fixed.

  9. If you are connected to a USB hub, ensure the hub is connected correctly and has power.

  10. Try connecting the Iomega CD-RW drive directly to one of the USB connections on your computer, rather than a USB hub or keyboard.

  11. Try manually assigning a drive letter to the Iomega CD-RW USB drive: Windows 98/Me.

  12. Check your BIOS to ensure USB is enabled. Refer to your computer's User's Guide or manual for directions.

NOTE: If you disconnect your Iomega CD-RW USB drive and reconnect to the same USB port, the drive should be reassigned the same drive letter automatically. If you reconnect to a different USB port, you may have to manually reassign the drive letter.

If the problem continues, there may be a driver conflict on your system. Please contact the Iomega web site (www.iomega.com) or go to the How To Get Help section.

The Iomega CD-RW Drive Is Not Assigned a Drive Letter Under Windows 2000 or Windows XP.

  1. Check all connections.

  2. Make sure the Iomega CD-RW USB drive is receiving power.

  3. Make sure you are using the Iomega CD-RW USB cable that came with your Iomega CD-RW drive.

  4. If you are using a USB 2.0 card, check Device Manager to verify that the card is installed and working properly.

  5. If you are connected to a USB hub, ensure the hub is connected properly and has power.

  6. Try connecting the Iomega CD-RW USB drive directly to one of the USB connections on your computer, rather than a USB hub or keyboard.

  7. Try manually assigning a drive letter to the Iomega CD-RW USB drive:

  8. NOTE: You must have administrator privileges for your local computer in order to change drive letters under Windows 2000.

    1. Select Control Panel, Administrator Tools, Computer Management, then Disk Management.

    2. Right click the icon for the Iomega CD-RW USB drive and select Change Drive Letter and Path from the shortcut menu.

    3. Click the Edit button.

    4. Click Assign a drive letter and select the letter you want to use for your Iomega CD-RW USB drive.

    5. Reboot the system.

Green Power Light Does Not Come On.

  1. Make sure you are using the Iomega universal power supply that came with your Iomega CD-RW drive. Ensure that it is connected to the Iomega CD-RW drive as shown in the instructions for connecting your drive.

  2. Verify that the power supply connector is completely inserted into the Iomega CD-RW drive power connector.

  3. Verify that the power supply is plugged into a working power outlet.

Windows Stops Responding When You Disconnect the Iomega CD-RW USB Drive.

This might occur because Windows is trying to access a file that is on your Iomega CD-RW disk. Make sure that no files on the disk are in use when you unplug the drive. Eject the disk before disconnecting the USB interface cable and Iomega drive to prevent any data loss.

The Iomega CD-RW USB Drive Stops Responding (Locks up), or Information Gets Lost or Corrupted While You Are Saving or Copying Files.

The problem is probably due to a non-compliant USB controller chip or other USB device on your computer system. Try the following suggestions:

CAUTION! USB devices (including controller chips, hubs, cables, cards, mice, joysticks, and peripherals) that do not comply with the USB specification may cause system lockups or possible data loss when used with your Iomega CD-RW USB drive. If you are not sure that a USB device complies with the latest USB specification, contact the manufacturer of the device.

The Iomega CD-RW Drive Does Not Work on an Older Laptop Computer.

Some older laptops use a USB port called an "Open Host" that is not compliant with the latest USB specification. If your laptop has an Open Host USB port, your Iomega CD-RW drive may not be assigned a drive letter when connected to the laptop. Try following the USB guidelines. They are designed to help you avoid some of the problems caused by non-compliant USB devices. If you continue to have problems, contact the manufacturer of your laptop computer for additional information.