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      10.01.2002 20:45
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      This 250MB Zip drive is a dream to use, there is no annoying power cable (thanks to USB) and you don’t need to restart your PC just to use it. Its access speed is a little slower because of the USB (compared to the Parallel Port) but who cares, it’s only a few nano seconds difference. You’re talking about 2mins for 250MBs! The drive will cope with 100MB discs and 250MBs quite happily, meaning you don’t have re-buy your discs again if you’re upgrading. It’s lightweight and small, you could hold it in your hand and use it! The obvious advantages of having portable 250MB discs on you are well, obvious. You can move large amounts of data about quickly, or backup lots of your data quickly. I personally use it for taking home lots of MP3’s from work and uploading onto my computer at home. I find this easy and quick, the zip drive doesn’t make much noise, so no one notices. And it is quick enough so that although it slows my computer down, it isn’t for long.
      My Brother uses it for his business for backing up purposes. He and his fellow workers understand nothing about computers and regularly need help to send emails. But even they can cope with the Zip drive. They leave it plugged into the back of the computer all the time. They drag the documents they want backed up onto the drive. Remove the disc and take the data home. Easy! All in all, a great little piece of machinery simple and easy to use, and quick. And for some reason doesn`t seem to cost the earth. (Must be a mistake)

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      25.10.2001 00:13
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      Since I took up digital photography earlier in the year, I have been increasingly worried about losing my computer files. It's relatively easy to back-up a few word-processed documents or a few hundred e-mails because you can use floppy disks for the small sizes of most text-based documents, but when it comes to hundreds of large digital photographs it becomes a different matter. My mind was concentrated on the problem when after a recent family event including a canal boat trip and a restaurant meal at which lots of photographs had been taken, a couple of days later I had an accident with a glass of lager and the keyboard on my laptop computer. Fortunately on that occasion the situation was recoverable but I realised that my wife would not be pleased to discover that all our family photographs from the year 2001 onwards had been lost due to me spilling beer on the keyboard. I began to look around for a suitable back-up device. Many people seem to be going for CD writers/re-writers these days but I actually required something which would allow me to add and delete files and sometimes to change them in transit. I did not want to make permanent records of files on CDs and build up a stock of dozens each with different versions of sets of photographs on them. In fact I was looking for something like a floppy disk drive but with larger capacity. I was also looking for a machine which could be easily transferred from one computer to another. Not only did I want to back-up my photographs onto disks, I wanted to copy them onto another computer. Speed of data transfer was going to be important because digital photographs can result in very large files, particularly at higher resolutions, and I didn?t want to wait several hours while say 100 photographs were transferred from the computer onto the zip drive. I was pleased to discover that the Iomega zip drives come with a USB port which would make it speedy to transfer files and also easy to mov
      e the drive itself from one computer to another (and also to power the drive without the need for another mains connection as mentioned below). I began to look at the Iomega range of zip drives and realised that these could be the job. In the past Iomega zip drives have come in 100 megabyte format, which is about equivalent to about 70 floppies. However the later versions support 250 megabyte disks equivalent to 173 floppies - and at that size you're getting to a capacity suitable for digital photographs. So after a few days of worrying about the cost of the thing I finally decided to invest in an Iomega Zip 250 megabyte drive "Mobility kit". This consists of the drive itself, a USB lead, three 250 megabyte disks and a nice nylon carry case with room for both the drive itself and one disk . the cost of the mobility kit is about £20 more than buying the disk drive on its own but as the disks cost about £15 each by reckoned it was quite good value . The drive itself is a very compact device and it has a neat little clip-on stand so it can rest vertically on your desk and take up very little space. Its takes its power from the machine its plugged into, via the USB cable, and this works fine with both my desk-top and my lap-top computers. The publicity material seems to suggest that you need to buy a PC Card connection for a laptop computer but this is not the case, unless your laptop doesn?t have a USB port. Installing the zip drive is very easy. You just run the installation software from the CD-ROM and then plug in the disk drive. The drive whirrs away to itself for a short time and then when you put a blank disk in it is very easy to format it from the right click menu. I quickly copied about 150 photographs onto the disk and also the source files for three of four websites which I run. These easily fitted onto one disk . Later on I high transferred the zip drive onto my desktop computer and copied the files from
      there onto the hard disk it was just as easy . It would be nice to say there were lots of other things you could do with your Iomega zip drive but basically it does what it says on the box and not a lot else. The software that comes with it is not particularly imaginative and I think some sort of user-friendly back-up management application would be a useful addition. I?d also like a printed manual to go with the drive, but this is provided on the CD ROM for you to read online or print off on your own printer. If you want a secure way of backing-up fairly large quantities of data the IOMEGA zip drive seems a very good solution to me. It's not cheap but I was unable to find anything quite as good and certainly for ease of use it is difficult to beat .

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        21.05.2001 01:44
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        I had waited to purchase the host powered version of the drive to go with my Dell laptop (read opinion) to provide a good portable drive solution which gives me access to all my data. Boy was it worth the wait, and it was also cheap as well. Opening the box sees a new shaped Zip 250 disk providing immediate use of the drive, a stand to hold the drive vertiacally, two CDs with system software and an application disks and a USB cable to connect it to the PC. Where's the power cable? Well this drive doesn't need one. The drive is powered by the USB port and so ideal for portable use. No need to fork out another 25 quid for the PMCIA connection. The drive is the same size and has the slim sexy shape of the previous drive. It feels lighter and hence slightly more flimsy as the connections at the back from the previous drive is replaced with a solitary USB connection. The colour is slightly different if you look carefully and the added printed USB host powered differentiates this from the previous model. Installation with Win Me was painless though it wasn't recognised first time, as Win Me insisted of installing its own drivers initially. Anyway a reboot later and the drive was up and running. The applications software, to be honest I haven't bothered to install, it includes a demo version of Quiksync which is a shame and MP3 ripping software and other bits and bobs. Also different from the previous version is the lack of IOMEGA dominated options with the right mouse click and icons which is a good thing in a way, but a bit unnerving and feels as though something is missing, but I can live without it. The drive is typically the same but powers down very quickly. Its slightly noisy. In use writing to the Zip 250 drive is quick about 0.9Mb/min and reading of both 100 and 250Mb disks was quick. However like its previous models, writing to 100 Mb disk is painfully slow anour 0.1Mb/min. Anyone wi
        th a large collection of 100Mb disks may be better considering the 100Mb version instead, but like me if speed is not that important and backward compatibility is essential then this is an ideal drive. Overall an excellent addition to my system, light and easy to use. Only problem is the media is rather expensive compared to CDs now (IOMEGA are you listening) but otherwise an essential purchase.

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        30.01.2001 04:18
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        Back in 1996 I had a PC built for me by a local company. I was fairly vague about the specification, but one thing I did specify was for an internal SCSI Zip 100 drive to be included. Fast forward to February of last year. I obtained a new Hewlett Packard laptop and my brother bought himself a new desktop machine. The logical progression was to buy a Parallel Zip 250. Another six months passed and then I finally got the unit that we are reviewing here, the Zip 250 USB. If the Parallel Zip 250 drive was like the family saloon car, then the USB model is like the sports coupe. Not only is it faster, but the technological advances mean that the drive mechanism is also now smaller, so the case has been re-designed. There was anything never wrong with the original blue plastic casing, as used on the Zip 100 & 250, but the sleek translucent blue casing of the new drive is rather nice. I think the iMac has more to do with the design than the PC! If you are using this drive with a laptop, spend a little extra to buy the PCMCIA cable (£30). It is a lot easier than using the USB lead and it replaces the power cable as well, as the PCMCIA cable draws the power for the drive from your computer. OK, enough waffling. Iomega had a great idea with the original Zip 100 drive. The Zip 250 drive is the same familiar and easy to use drive, but bigger and yes, it is better. The 250Mb discs are about £15 each, whereas the 100Mb discs are about £9 each. If you are unsure that you actually need the larger drive, buy one anyway, because you will use all that storage space and you can use the 100Mb discs with the drive too. It is not as fast as your hard drive, but it is a lot faster than your floppy disk drive and holds a lot more data too. It is easy to set up too!

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        10.12.2000 03:40

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        Well this is a nice product. It looks fab, and is much slimmer and more ergonomic than the old zip 100 parallel model that I had. It is also much faster, but I think not nearly as quick as Iomega make out. The increase in the capacity of the disks to 250 mbs or there about was a real boost, and really about time, as if you are working on anything involving multimedia, video or audio, you will find that 100mbs of storage goes nowhere. It was also wise of them to make the drive backwards compatible with the older disks, so if you are upgrading and have a stack of disks knocking about you haven't wasted them. One thing that I will say, is that if you want to use it with a laptop which does not have a USB drive, the PCMCIA card adaptor will set you back another 30 quid.

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        03.12.2000 17:38

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        I upgraded to a USB 250 Zip from my old parallel port 100 ZIP. There were several reasons for this. The connection (USB) is far faster than a parallel port connection, allowing for a quicker transfer of files. The fact that its USB means its a lot easier to connect, and therefore to move to other PC's, it all makes the use of the zip drive even easier. The way files are going now (getting bigger) soon a 100MB drive might not be big enough, take game demos, some are over 100Mb in size now, and this means you need a bigger disk. Tye zip drive is something every PC owner should have. It allows safe backup, and easy file transfer, and at the price you can get them now, its a bargain !

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        11.07.2000 04:33

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        I rate the Iomega Zip 250 as one of the best portable storage device that Iomega has ever designed. I am using the Iomega Zip 250 via USB for my work and I really like this storage device compared to the earlier one, the 100 MB Zip which I find it insufficient at times. The look of this portable device is sleek and the blue transparent case gives it some class of its own. Connecting via USB is lightning fast, I have no problems transferring data from my harddisk to the drive. In fact, I could also played music from the zip disc. This storage device is handy if you are planning to move large files or data from one computer to another which is not physically connected at all.

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        05.07.2000 19:56

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        This zip drive is great. There is 250mb capacity which is the same as 170 floppies worth of information. It works backward compatibly 100mb disks. You can hot swap USB devices without rebooting your computer. It has Easy Connection for Windows 95/98 NT 4.0 and higher also Mac O.S 8.6 or higher. Dual interface USB PCMCIA you can also connect it to your laptop. The disk are cheap and so are the drive the transfer rates are quick

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        17.06.2000 01:30
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        I have just bought this device today 15/600. Installation was easy I had previously downloaded the latest drivers from the net (didn`t bother with the cd). I plugged it in to the usb port windows asked me for the drivers and that was it away I go. I wanted this device because It is now dead easy to take work home from the office as they have a zip drive. Advantages: Very portable will plug into anything with a usb port 250mb disks although i still think these are rather expensive they should lower the price (my opinion anyway. I liked the colour of the device a see-through. Formating was done via the software and once done I was suprised how fast on my machine this drive was. P2 300 32 mg tnt2 ultra 196mb ram 6gb hard drive ect I was seriously considering getting a 100mb zip drive but that is not enough storage for me. One fault i did note a rather short usb lead with my drive it just to say fitted from my hub to the desk beware. My drive came with one 250mb disk and it will support the 100mb disks The one will do for now till the price drops. Clear instructions were also supplied with the drive which makes a change. There are better alternatives Cd-rw ect but for work between the office and home its ideal.

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