- Brand Name: Iomega
- Model Number: 31310
- Hard Disk Size: 250.0 MB
- Hardware Platform: PC, Mac
- Hard Disk Interface: IDE
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 27 days ago by Briscoe County
Just what I needed, and I got on time and when I was told I should receive it.Published 3 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 7 months ago by Neil Mahony