Chuck Guzis cclist at
Wed Feb 27 19:17:37 CST 2008

On 27 Feb 2008 at 19:01, Jerome H. Fine wrote:

> Although both the drive and media have the word "Zip" on them,
> I didn't notice until you helped me to remember that they are
> indeed called Zip drives.  I feel I was fortunate to have the
> internal SCSI version.  For the PC, there is a full set of software
> tools available.  For the PDP-11, they are just nice ordinary
> drives with removable media - although the software WRITE
> PROTECT feature requires the PC software tools to toggle the
> status of the media.

The thing that was nice about the Zip drives was that they 
represented 100MB of inexpensive storage when most of the 
alternatives were pretty pricey.  Very popular with the Macintosh 
crowd, Apple offered them as an option.  There is a 250MB Zip drive 
also, but they seem not to be as popular as the 100MB version--and I 
don't know a thing about their reliability as compared to their 
smaller cousins.

Nowadays, if I need a few hundred megabytes of temporary offline 
storage, I use a USB flash drive.  In the 1GB size, particularly at 
clearance prices, they offer a fairly good bang for the buck.


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