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should i buy a zip drive

Discussion in 'Desktop & Laptop Computers Forum' started by Will Hunting, Jan 29, 2003.

  1. Will Hunting

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    hello, i am thinking abuot buying a zip drive for my pc, but i'm not sure if i need one. i already have a cd burner. what r the advatages pls? thank u for yr help :)
     
  2. Sinzer

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    Not a lot really, they tend to be a little more robust. And obviously are re-writable as standard.

    Getting an external one is kind of handy as you can take it anywhere, and again tends to be a little more hard wearing than a CD-ROM drive.
     
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    I've got an internal SCSI Zip drive and an external Parallel drive.

    They were damm usefull.

    You can have both fi you want them:D

    However, I've moved to a USB Flash Disk. They are the best thing since sliced bread!!!!

    I bought a 256Mb model. Plugs directly into the USB port (or hub) and if you have win95 (with usb support) or win98 onwards it just pops up in explorer.

    drag and drop like a normal hard drive anf then just unplug it (or use the dismount system tray icon on non-XP).

    Thats it. wander over to another pc and do the same.

    I download all my patches and games and .... at work on our fast link, copy them to the flash disk and then go home and plug it in. Super Easy.

    It cost be about £60 for a 256Mb, most guys here got a 64Mb for around £35/£40

    Zips come in 100mb and now 250Mb so they are equally as versatile and are for you of you haven't got USB

    In XP if you insert the flash disk and it has piccies on it, it automatically pops up a menu allowing print view or slideshow.

    I assume it'll do that with a zip but I haven't plugged one into my XP machine.
     
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    I have an external zip drive. Don't like it because I find it very slow.
     
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    Don't like zip drives, not very reliable. After a while they get the 'death click' and cease working.

    USB flash is the way forward, great little toys if you need them.
     
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    I have 2 zips, which I dont use anymore, the newer of the 2 I'm about to flog, as it gathers dust. I use a small usb smartcardreader nad cheap compact flash cards instead, soooo much easier, and smaller
     
  7. Will Hunting

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    thnx every1 so far. i've seen 750mb zip disks & drives. are these reliable?
     
  8. Adlopa

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    Zip 750 disks are essentially the same as other Zip disks, only bigger. Don't count on finding anyone else that uses Zip drives though -- the Zip format has all but been superceded by superior CD-RW technology.

    CDs have greatre capacity (excepting Zip 750, of course), are more robust (Zip disks can be damaged by dropping them), cheaper, and can be read in 99% of computers.

    Stick with your CD-RW drive and if you want to spend money needlessly, buy a solid-state USB storage device for a quick and easy way of carrying useful files around with you.
     
  9. Will Hunting

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    thnx. how much r the usb solid state devices & where is good place to buy them from? what is largest size they come in? thnx :)
     
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    thnx! is this the largest size u can get or do they come in 512mb or higher?
     
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    A few of us have zip drives at work, and home (not me) for when we take work home (I hardly do any at work, why would I want to do any at home? :D). Seem fairly reliable tbh, but given the vhoice I think we'd go for solid state.
     
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    I've seen them go upto 1GB but at this capacity they are expensive and the limitations of USB transfer speed will come into play. I'd wait for them to get a USB2 interface before getting one with >256MB capacity.
     
  14. Will Hunting

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    thnx every1 for yr advise :)
     
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    we got our usb memory from www.ebuyer.co.uk

    64mb was £23ish
    128mb £39ish
    256mb was £60ish
     
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    Komplett has a 256 MB USB pen drive on the weekly offers page for £57 inc vat + delivery , just incase anyone was going to buy one.

    Mark.
     

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