RE: Are Zip drives obsolete?

Subject: RE: Are Zip drives obsolete?
From: "BethK" <kanerb -at- concentric -dot- net>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 13 Nov 2000 10:56:16 -0700

I was wondering if Zip is becoming obsolete, too. I do my personal backups
on Zip disks, and I'm disappointed; I think it takes too long, and the disks
don't hold enough info. My backup -- files only, no apps -- requires 12
100MB Zip disks right now. That's too much disk shuffling. I use the Iomega
1-Step Backup, and it's fine for incremental backups (adding changed & new
files to an existing full backup), but sometimes it fails and forces me to
redo the whole backup. Then, since I don't have 24 disks, I have to erase
the old disks as I go, which temporarily leaves me with NO backup. I
hesitate to buy more (expensive) disks because I'm not sure I want to stick
with this b/u method.

I have not tried a CDRW; seems like it ought to be much faster, yet some of
you are saying it's slow, too.

What about tape backup drives -- are they obsolete? Too slow?

Beth Kane
Senior Communications Specialist
PersonalGenie Inc., Tucson group
bethk -at- personalgenie -dot- com

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