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Iomega 10919 Zip 100 Drive (Parallel Port)
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- Complete backup and restore utilities
- Supports 100 MB Zip disks
- Parallel interface
- Portable, external design
- Maximum sustained transfer rate of 1.40 MB/sec
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NOTE: IomegaWare is not compatible with Windows Vista, Windows 7, or Windows 8. Zip Parallel Port drives are not supported on any current computers or operating systems.
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The strongest competetitor to the zip disk standard is the 120 MB super-drive, which is a drive that is backwards-compatible with 1.6 MB (traditional)3.5 floppies, so you can totally replace your old floppy drive and still have it when you need it. A couple years ago it was expected that this drive would blow Iomega zip out of the picture, but super-floppies haven't really caught on.
In terms of exchanging data between computers in the same house, it is suprisingly simple to run an ethernet network instead- and there are other advantage besides transfering files- such as printer sharing and web sharing.
-Note. I think the zip 100 is more functional for the price than the 250 zip. -(For backing up really large files, the best thing these days is a cd writer or re-writer.)
There are definite pluses and minuses. Some will say get a CD-R(W) drive - but burning a CD is definitely not as immediate as a Zip. The parallel port is a major bummer because of the thru-speed. But those of you who are not major speed demons won't be disappointed compared to a floppy. The Zip drive allows daisy chaining so you can connect/output to other peripherals.
Iomega cut cost on the power on/off (it's always on when plugged in). But really the overall design is very good - you can place it flat or vertical. Even though the thick parallel cord may tend to twist the main unit.
There are a plethora of other Iomega choices. And I would really ask yourself if you are planning on USB or SCSI - each are noticeably faster. On the plus side, the 100MB format is so common in print shops, university labs, and copy places that you can't go wrong. Plus the price of each disk is recognizably less than the 250MB. Seriously think about your file formats. If you plan to do a lot video - you'll need to go with a Jaz. And you can get these refurbished for about the same cost and hold 1Gig. The only barrier to entry is the SCSI necessity and the extra cost of disks. Overall, the Zip100 has been a major workhorse for me - back and forth between work and home/Mac and PC MS98/NT. It has performed flawlessly.
Fact is, if you need to be mobile with your ZIP, you should go the USB route these days. Every new PC and Macintosh comes with USB connectivity, and the difference in access speed is great enough to justify the minimal extra cost. This parallel port machine is the very slowest ZIP drive available. If you download files of any size (1M or more) you will notice the difference.
You'll also notice the difference between this model and an internal model. Make sure that you really need to be mobile with the drive itself before you choose an external model. As has been stated in other reviews, the ZIP-100 has become something of a standard nowadays, and many machines come with a ZIP drive pre-installed.
Also, even though the price is attractive, think carefully about choosing this model if you plan to do much printing. Most printers use the parallel port, and although you can hook up both a printer and this drive to the same port, you can't use both simultaneously. This is disasterous if you attempt to print a file from the ZIP drive. It can be done, but it takes a lot longer than printing from other drives. Also, forget about accessing the ZIP drive if you've sent a print command. Your parallel ZIP drive will be unavilable for the duration of the print.
Having said all this, I absolutely agree with other reviewers who praise the ZIP-100 format.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Wow. Super impressed with the seller and the product. Worked exactly as advertised and the seller made sure it arrived when I needed to. Would buy from this seller again.Published 5 months ago by dp_am5
This unit not compactable to my computer. Returned to AmazonPublished 7 months ago by Joseph P.Galea
This item is supported on Windows 95 and earlier operating systems :( I bought this to transfer data from old disks only to find that this device isn't supported on anything later... Read morePublished 17 months ago by GracieLou731
Did not work at all had a tech look at it and said it was fried. I am not to happy right now with Amazon. Spend money and doesn't workPublished 17 months ago by Kindle Customer
PURCHASED A USB TO PORT CONNECTOR AND STILL UNABLE TO USE IT, NO POWER SOURCE CAME WITH IT.Published 17 months ago by Mike Akers
NOT THE RIGHT CORD HAD TO BYE 1 ON AMIZON I HOPE ITS RIGHTPublished 18 months ago by Russell DeYoung sr