Iomega 31310 Zip 250 MB USB-Powered Drive
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- Powered through your computer's USB connection
- One 250 MB Zip disk (not included) holds the equivalent of 170 floppy disks
- Data transfer rate of 0.9 MB/sec
- Uses either 250 MB or 100 MB Zip disks
- PC and Mac compatible
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Compared to backing up files on CD-R there's more instant gratification and less media handling to just copy files to the Zip drive, just as I would a hard drive. I develop web sites and want the security of having immediate copies of changed files on a removable medium and this fills the bill adequately. In my view it beats recording on multi-session CD-R's, waiting for the CD to finalize, and ... in all, can be a faster process actually.
Why the 250MB model? I wanted compatibility with the old 100MB media, and there are plenty of those out there. Otherwise I would have purchased the 750MB Zip for its USB 2.0 capability, but it can only read, not write, 100MB media. I primarily use 250MB media for my own purposes and I've noticed that it seems much faster on this drive than with the 100MB media. I don't know why yet.
Capacity? All of my web sites and important data folders are much less than 250 MB so that's not an issue for me.Read more ›
--Having said that, we may be switching over to a CD burner. For one thing, I'm not sure how long the format will last and I don't want to be stuck with a bin full of zip discs if our machine ever breaks. The discs are more expensive and more bulky than CD's, and it's tough to share files with a friend unless they have a zip, too. We won't be getting rid of our zip but will probably relegate it to editing photos.
--I rate this product highly because of its simplicity and reliability, but be aware it is getting dated (it's hard to stay one step ahead of storage formats). It makes a very decent backup system for files and some photos, but if you have tons of photos, you may want a CD or DVD. Hope this helps.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Doesn't work on my Windows 7 SP1 machine. It's recognized to the point of identifying the device. And if you insert an unformatted Zip100 it will tell you it needs to be formatted. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Briscoe County
Just what I needed, and I got on time and when I was told I should receive it.Published 2 months ago by Anthony Calandra
At present time drive not compatible with any operating system I have. Nothing gets it going Vista , 7, xp, 8. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Robert Proulx
Works fine except I found my original one. Needed to read a Zip disc.Published 6 months ago by Neil Mahony