Re: Are Zip drives obsolete?

Subject: Re: Are Zip drives obsolete?
From: "David Berg" <dberg -at- dmpnet -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 13 Nov 2000 11:03:18 -0600

The *only* reason I own a Zip drive, and the only reason I can see for
having one, is to have the capability to transport information from someone
else's computer with a Zip drive. I strongly favor CDRWs. CDRW drives offer
a much cheaper form of storage, and you can share data with anyone with a
CD-ROM (though you will have to use a CDR instead of a CDRW for folks with
an older CD drive). Zip disks cost $10-15 for 100 Mb vs. $2 or so for
500-700 MBA (depending on the configuration) for a CDRW disk. I'm not sure
what the 250 MBA Zip disks cost. Also, CDRWs are reasonable durable, whereas
Zip disks and drives are far too prone to "click-of-death" type problems.

If you decide for some reason that you want a diskette type storage, take a
look at the Imation Superdisk. It holds 120 Mb, and the drive is backward
compatible with 3.5" floppy disks.

David Berg

> I was pondering getting one, but I thought about writable CDs. Opinions?

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