RE: Are Zip drives obsolete?

Subject: RE: Are Zip drives obsolete?
From: Richard Smith <rsmith -at- rapidlogic -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 13 Nov 2000 10:33:16 -0800

CDRWs work fine. I use them regularly. Speed depends on the amount of data
to backup and the speed of the drive you purchase. I've never used a Zip, so
I have no basis of comparison.

When I backup, I use the Joliet FS type, I don't use the UDF file system.
UDF is the write 1 file at a time, like it is a floppy disk type of burning.
I have personally found the UDF writing utilities (DirectCD, InCD) to be a
bit flaky, and unreadable on many systems without the right software.

But stick with basic ISO-9660 file system (or Joliet-what most CD's are) and
it works great. As far as time to burn, I have an older two speed and it
takes about 35min. to burn a whole 650MB disk.

Not that anybody asked, but hard drives are very cheap these days. Adding a
second hard drive is a very easy way to provide redundancy, albeit without
the portability of a CD.

Richard Smith

> From: BethK [mailto:kanerb -at- concentric -dot- net]
> Subject: RE: Are Zip drives obsolete?
> 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

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