Re: Are Zip drives obsolete?

Subject: Re: Are Zip drives obsolete?
From: Jeff Hanvey <jewahe1 -at- yahoo -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 13 Nov 2000 08:58:43 -0800 (PST)

--- "Peter Shea (USF)" <pshea2 -at- luna -dot- cas -dot- usf -dot- edu>
> I was pondering getting one, but I thought about
> writable CDs. Opinions?

I recently bought a cd-writer.

It all depends on how much sharing you plan to do.

Zip Drives
-Generally cheap and easy to install.
-Most publishers have them.
-Easy to use.
-Small capacity. 100 MB isn't a whole lot, but
generally is enough to share files (especially if used
in conjunction with a ZIP application).

CD Writers:
-Glitchy. Rewriters, especially, often don't read on a

"standard" cd drive. Recorders are better, but can
have problems.
-Slow. You can spend thirty minutes to an hour and a
half formatting the drive - and still have to copy the
material to them (of course, this depends on how fast
your system is).
-Resource hogs - your system will slow noticeably.
This knocks out multi-tasking in many cases.
-More permanent.
-Large capacity. No need to ZIP files for sharing.


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