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    1. LaCie 706018USB Ext Floppy Disk
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    2. Iomega 31653 Zip 250 MB USB-Powered
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    3. Iomega 31310 Zip 250 MB USB-Powered
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    4. Iomega 31714 100 MB USB-Powered
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    5. Iomega 13047 Jaz 2GB Portable
    6. Iomega 31191 Jaz 2 GB External
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    7. Iomega 31308 FotoShow Digital
    8. Iomega 31197 Zip 100 Portable
    9. SmartDisk USB Floppy Drive Color
    10. Iomega Zip 250 MB USB External
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    11. Iomega 31475 4x4x6 External USB
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    1. LaCie 706018USB Ext Floppy Disk Drive

    our price: $28.49
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    Asin: B00006B938
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Lacie
    Sales Rank: 527
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    Product Description

    MODEL- LACUSBEXTFDD VENDOR- LA CIE FEATURES- USB Pocket Floppy Disk Drive External USB 1.44M ... Read more


    • Hot-pluggable for Windows & Mac OS
    • USB 1.1 powered: no power cable needed
    • Plug and play: no need for specific driver
    • Compatible with Windows 98SE, Me, 2000, and XP, or Mac OS 8.6, 9.x, or 10.1

    2. Iomega 31653 Zip 250 MB USB-Powered Starter Kit with 3 250 disks
    list price: $199.99
    our price: $142.99
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    Asin: B00005B6TT
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Iomega
    Sales Rank: 4884
    Average Customer Review: 3.87 out of 5 stars
    US | Canada | United Kingdom | Germany | France | Japan Product Description

    The Zip 250 MB USB-Powered Drive Starter Kit from Iomega includes an ultrathin, portable SuperFloppy drive and three Zip 250 MB disks. Providing high-capacity removable storage for PC and Mac computers, the Zip 250 MB drive comes with a USB cable that transmits both data and power; no external power source is needed. At 1-inch thick and weighing just under a pound, the Zip 250 USB drive is easily transported.

    Compatible with most major operating systems, standard Zip 100 MB disks, and all 250 MB Zip disks, the Zip 250 MB USB drive comes with a one-year limited warranty. Iomega offers a 10-year limited warranty on the Zip U250 MB disks. ... Read more


    • Powered by USB cable
    • No external power supply needed
    • Compatible with Zip 100 MB and 250 MB disks
    • Ultraslim, portable, lightweight design
    • Comes with 3 Zip 250 MB disks

    Reviews (15)

    5-0 out of 5 stars It's Little, It's Blue and it Zips too!
    I have had my USB Zip 250 for year and it is great, its easy to use and easy to carry. The USB powered drive makes it great for any PC and Laptop and can be easily removed from any PC you need to grab data. The problem with 100MB is ok but another issue might come laptop users who don't plug their laptops in. Not to mention that this drive is useless on any PC older then 4 years that lack USB. Overall a darn good product from the people who made high capacity drives so simple.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Iomega Does it Again!
    The Iomega Zip 250 USB-Powered Starter Kit is excellent and a great value. The new powered zip drive is a breeze to install. Just load the software, attache the cable, reboot, and wha-la!! The drive installed immediately on my Win98SE Gateway laptop, with Win98 recognizing the drive and loading its drivers immediately. It is intuitive to use with the Iomegaware 2.8 software (the primary zip application) and creates another drive in your computer. You can drag and drop to your heart's content! I found no difficulty with compatibility at all, as did one reviewer - but perhaps going from PC to MAC or vice versa (as he/she apparently did) does cause problems. The only minor drawback I see is that it is a little noisey. I don't even notice that its particularly slow using older zip 100 disks, but I'm comparing it to a zip 100 parallel - now that's slow! Great product!!

    3-0 out of 5 stars Almost Great
    This is a neat little drive. The only reason I got this was because the new Macs don't come with built in zip drives anymore, and I have alot of data on zips. I didn't get the 750MB drive because the specs say it won't write to 100MB zip disks, which this one will.

    At first I was concerned with the funny noises I heard coming from this little drive (remember, my previous experience was a built in 100MB version). It took me a while to realize these were the same sounds that came from the old drive, only much much louder. I don't know if click of death is still an issue with Zip drives, but those noises sure had me worried at first.

    The portability is great, not only can you take the disks anywhere, but the drive itself is small enough to be transported easily. Simply unplug the thing, and you're good to go, it'll work on any computer with a built in USB port.

    Compatibility is another story. I've had no problem reading and writing to Mac100 zip disks. On PC100s and PC250s, disk access is much slower. That's why this is only getting three stars, instead of four or five.

    5-0 out of 5 stars What you're looking for
    If you need an exterior Zip drive, you've found it. This is perfect for your every zip need. It is very small- not much wider then an actual zip disk. In addition, it comes with a rubber stand that can make it take up even less desk space by making it vertical. It is extremely light and therefore portable and easily plugs into your computer with a fast USB cable. There is no necessary installation either. Also, it is good to note that this is a good MB zip drive to get for two reasons- it can still take 100MB ones (the size smaller) and there is no real need for most to get a 700 MB drive (the size larger) because if you're dealing with that much information most people would use a CD instead and it is very hard to find a 700 MB disk. Also, take into account that this is a very good price especially considering it includes 3 disks- which can run $$$ each sometimes.

    1-0 out of 5 stars ZIP 250MB Starter - 3 U250 Disks not included
    This starter kit doesn't contain the U250 disks (10 year guarantee), but the regular 250 MB zip disks (5 year guarantee). I am sending 2 kits back today. Iomega quit making the U250 Zip disks. Someone at Amazon knows about the problem, but the website has not been updated. Don't waste your time ! ... Read more

    3. Iomega 31310 Zip 250 MB USB-Powered Drive
    list price: $179.99
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    Asin: B000058EGT
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Iomega
    Sales Rank: 3421
    Average Customer Review: 3.58 out of 5 stars
    US | Canada | United Kingdom | Germany | France | Japan Review

    Nothing beats a Zip drive for transporting large files or makingbackups, as it combines proven speed and reliability with the most widespreadcompatibility. In our tests, we found that this extremely versatile 250 MB USB-powered Zip drive makes it child's play to add this capability to your PC orMac. And its small, lightweight design makes an excellent travel companion,especially since it doesn't even need batteries or an external power source.

    The drive comes with detailed, easy-to-follow installation instructions, but youprobably won't even need them. Just run the setup program and plug the driveinto your USB port; your PC will automatically assign a drive letter to it andrecognize it as a removable disk drive. There aren't any jumpers or switches toset; in fact, the drive has only one button, which ejects the disk. Once it'sinstalled, you use it just like a floppy drive to save or copy files.

    Physically, the drive sports a very thin, light plastic case, measuring 169 by117 by 26 millimeters and weighing only 1.5 pounds. It draws all its power fromthe USB port, so there's no need for batteries or an external power supply. And,like any USB device, it's hot swappable: you can plug or unplug it withoutrestarting your computer. It can sit flat on a table or stand upright with theincluded plastic stand.

    Once we started playing with the USB-powered Zip 250, we immediately saw manysituations in which it would come in handy. For example, say you wanted to dosome work at home. You could easily copy the files to a Zip disk, take the drivehome with you, and then just plug it into your PC and be ready to go. Since it'scompatible with both PC and Macs, it's perfect for sharing files acrossoperating systems. And of course, its compact shape makes it ideal for taking onthe road.

    The drive performed well in both our read and write testing; we didn't encounterany glitches, and it took just a little over 2 minutes to copy 100 MB of MP3files to the drive. That's fast enough for most uses, and much faster than a Zipdrive hooked up to a standard parallel or serial port, but not as fast as aninternal IDE or SCSI Zip drive.

    Iomega includes some valuable backup utilities with the Zip drive, as well assome other useful applications. Iomega Backup lets you create and schedulecompressed backups of specific folders or entire drives. MusicMatch Jukebox isan excellent utility for ripping CDs and organizing your digital music files.And Adobe's ActiveShare offers a slick interface for manipulating photos andsharing them on the Web.

    The USB-powered 250 MB Zip drive offers an inexpensive and simple way to addremovable storage to your PC or Mac. Its slim, light design makes it absolutelyinvaluable for road warriors who needs to take their data with them. --KenFeinstein


    • Slim and lightweight
    • Very simple installation
    • Works with PCs and Macs
    • Gets all its power from the USB port


    • Not as fast as internal drives
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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

    Reviews (48)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent choice for portable, removable storage
    The 250MB USB-Powered Zip drive is great for backing up personal data (obviously not entire hard drives) and, thanks to the easy portability, for transferring data between computers. This drive costs the same as the Zip 250 USB drive that draws power from an AC adapter instead of the USB bus, which is of course less convenient, but that other model has a couple of advantages: 1) it can be upgraded to a FireWire interface using a... adapter from Iomega, which Iomega says doubles the read spead over using the drive in USB mode; and 2) the AC-adapter-powered drive can be used with USB hubs operating in unpowered mode, while this USB-powered drive has to be used with a powered hub or a PC's built-in USB port. But I think that the convenience of the USB-powered model outweighs the disadvantages, especially if you travel a lot. The stand that allows the drive to be oriented vertically (see the photos) is a nice touch that saves desk space.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Neat, compact and easy to set up
    This zip drive is really slim and draws power from the USB CABLE - which is very cool for my laptop.

    Installation is a piece of cake - although the backup software by IOMEGA is a 30 day trial only !!

    One very neat future - software actually allows you disconnect the drive from the USB port on the computer every time you disconnect - re-connecting simply requires plug in.

    This way - you dont block a USB port on your machine. Accepts both 100MB and 250 MB disks - thank god !

    5-0 out of 5 stars Fast, convenient, and a bit sexy too!
    I fell in love with my internal 100 MB disk on my prior computer. My current computer was sold as a package on HSN for a tremendous price, but had not Zip drive. So, for the price, I went with this drive.

    The set-up on my XP machine was a snap. I just attached the included cable to the drive and my machine. Voila! Instant success. (Later, I realized that there was a set-up CD included. Everything works just fine, so I haven't bothered to use it.)

    For those of you, who like me, haven't been keeping up with the technolog, USB-Powered means just that. There is no separate power cable for which to find a plug. ALL that you do is to attach the drive to a USB port. And, oh yes, then you put a disk into the drive.

    Zip drives are aptly named. Copying files is a quick thing indeed. Quicken backups are so quick that I thought nothing had happened.

    I can't speak to how reliable this version of the zip drive would be. My prior drive never had a problem in five years. No backup was ever unreadable.

    In summary, the drive is consumer-friendly. It just gets assigned the next available drive letter by the system. You use it exactly as you use a diskette drive except there is no waiting around and no formatting. The drives come pre-formatted.

    And did I say that they're quick? Oh, I know, you're waiting for the "sexy" part. Well, just look at it. It fits in your hand and is . . . well, cute!

    There is just one warning. Have nothing in front of the drive when you eject the disk. It ejects less like a dampened CD drive than like a jet. The disk is spit out five-sixths of its length with a quite of bit of force. It may well harm the mechanism should it meet some resistance, but I haven't tried to find out. (They must have gotten a low bid on the eject mechanism from the same company that makes the ejection seat.)

    I think you'll like it. I've paid far more from tape drive back-ups that were far slower and no fun whatsoever.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Reliable and easy to use, but getting dated
    --We've used a Zip 250 for well over 2-1/2 years now and are on our 33rd disc, and can't think of a single technical problem with the drive. After reading the horror stories about other electronics gear on Amazon, I can't believe this has been such a troublefree device (when reading about burnable CD's, words like "frisbees" are often used, and software is often cursed, but I don't think we've ever lost a photo or a file with ours). We haven't dropped ours or sat on it, like some reviewers have with theirs, but we have covered over 20,000 bumpy miles in an RV and live in a dusty climate, and it's been as eay to set up, as easy to use, and as reliable as an anvil. We bought ours because we heard editing photos was easier than with a CD, and have not been disappointed.
    --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.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Warning! Read the tech specs before you buy!
    This device's warranty is limited to one year. And mine stopped working properly shortly after one year from the purchase date. I asked a few other people from the university I am going to now who had this zip drive. They had encountered the device failure around a year or a little over a year as well. It was stupid of me for not reading the tech details. This zip drive's lifetime also depends on how many times you insert or remove a cartridge.

    Unless you are planning on throwing it away shortly after the warranty expires, purchase the internal zip drive. It's much faster and reliable. ... Read more

    4. Iomega 31714 100 MB USB-Powered Zip Drive

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    Asin: B00005U7RB
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Iomega
    Sales Rank: 2441
    Average Customer Review: 3.25 out of 5 stars
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    • Powered through your computer's USB connection
    • One 100 MB Zip disk (not included) holds the equivalent of 85 floppy disks
    • Data transfer rate of 0.9 MB/sec
    • Uses 100 MB Zip disks
    • PC and Mac compatible

    Reviews (8)

    1-0 out of 5 stars Home User
    Boy am I sorry I ever bought this item. As mentioned by another user - it lasted less than 2 years - then it started to destroy any zip disk you attempted to write to. When I contacted customer service - instead of admitting they had a problem - I got - it sounds like maybe your drive is damaging your disks. You are out of warranty - but for $55.00 or so we will send you a reconditioned one with a 120 day warranty - and you pay for shipping. Forget it - save your money - buy a flash drive from Sony or use CDs - but don't buy anything from Iomega. They do not back their products - and their quality is highly questionable.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Defective design
    I own this drive for 2 years, but recently it broke my 5 diskes. I know anorther drive is with same problem.So basically it only last 1-2 years.You can buy a more space usb memory for same price.

    2-0 out of 5 stars I don't like it
    On my pentium 4 running windows XP, USB 1.1 connection it works only about 25% of the time.. There seems to some ZIP 100 mb disks that it will read reliably, but other ZIP 100 mb disks are not recognized. The age of the disks makes no difference.

    Another computer running win 98 with an internal zip drive reads all disk without problems.

    I have had to mark the disks that it will read and use only them in this drive.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Impressively fast.
    I got this drive to save on wasted CDs, which mount up, when loaded with lots of small incidentals. Not having used a ZIP drive before I was expecting something like a floppy disc performance on a larger scale, but was surprised at its almost hard drive read / write speed.

    It's also good not to have to lug another power unit around with my laptop, as is the negligible demand on system resources unlike that of some portable CD burners. The 100MB capacity may appear paltry by today's standards, yet is sufficient for the majority of instances. The 100MB media is also easier on the pocket.

    A disc can be electronically write protected, and read /write protected by using a password. This feature is not available for a CD unless the files are encrypted inside a .ZIP or some other kind of archive file, or an encrypted file, such as ABIcoder. So security is simplified with your ZIP drive.

    By plugging the ZIP drive into a USB port it will be recognised as a removable drive, that can be read and written to by dragging and dropping in the normal fashion. Any Iomega features will not be available, for which you have to install the Iomega software.

    My experience of this installation is as follows: When the installation is complete, choose the Reboot Later option, and manually restart your computer to finish. The Iomega auto option tends to hang the computer and things don't work out as expected. After re-booting, confirm - in windows - that the Send To drop down, displays the ZIP drive along with your floppy drive, etc. If not, the installation will need to be re-done.

    So far I've installed the Iomega software onto a laptop running Win 98 SE and two desktops. One of the desktops - a Win 2000 machine - didn't like it, and will need to be sorted out, since something has gone amiss with the services detection. It works okay after the alert times out, after a couple of minutes, but is irksome. The other desktop, also a Win 2000 machine, installed okay. The problematic machine has been through the wars, so why a problem arose is impossible to say at present. So... if the straightforward removable drive option is sufficient, stick with that: especially if it's someone else's machine your plugging into.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Sweet
    I have owned this drive for almost one year and have had zero problems with it. Windows XP recognizes the device when you plug it in and you can use it immediately. 100mb is usually plenty of space for most things. I highly recommend this device! ... Read more

    5. Iomega 13047 Jaz 2GB Portable Ultra Drive (PC/Mac)
    list price: $349.95
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B00000J3T4
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Iomega
    Sales Rank: 21575
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
    US | Canada | United Kingdom | Germany | France | Japan Product Description

    Enormous storage with a compact footprint. The fast, portable, ultra-reliable 2GB External Jaz(r) Drive gives you up to 2GB of storage space per disk, yet it's still compatible with 1GB Jaz disks. ... Read more


    • Saves up to 2GB
    • Plugs into SCSI drive
    • Universal Power Supply
    • Uses 1GB or 2GB Jaz disks
    • PC and Mac compatible

    Reviews (3)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent product for r/w speed + reliability
    This is a great unit for backups and read/write data. The throughput is one of the best I've seen for removable storage devices. The only wait time is at the disk spin boot up/down. Make sure you set your preferences for no spin down if you access the Jaz often.

    I've had mine over a year and it hasn't given me any problems. The disks perform flawlessly - they should at the premium price. I use it for file and application backups - both PC (98/NT) and Mac. I haven't had any problems with read/write transfer. If you do any video or animation - this is a must buy, unless you intend to lug around an external harddrive. Personally, I've had great product experiences with all 'external' Iomega products. Internal products are another story...

    My only pet peave is the mega thick cord if you go SCSI. 1) Because the standard cord that it ships with, it limits the places you can place your drive - especially if you have no case cover. 2) It is a true struggle to wrestle it gently without tearing out your scsi card + your other daisy chained peripherals.

    The price for this unit is very good - however, I've seen 1gig Jaz for around $100 refurbished. Be wary though, I've seen the 1 gigs in many repair shops (I'm unsure of what the symptoms are though). Also, watch out for the transformer - there was a recall about a year ago on the units catching fire; check Iomega's site for this info.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Iomega does it again..
    This piece of equipment is a MUST... Not only is it an integral part of my system now and with the "traveler" it is totaly portable from one place to another without having to have a SCSI interface available... ;-)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Best product on the market! Absolutely the most reliable!
    As always Iomega has the best products. They always make a reliable product. They have great support for their products and this is no exception.

    This is an extremely fast 2GB drive that is faster than 90% hard drives out there. ... Read more

    6. Iomega 31191 Jaz 2 GB External Hard Drive
    list price: $349.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B00004YMGX
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Iomega
    Sales Rank: 30726
    US | Canada | United Kingdom | Germany | France | Japan Product Description

    Compatible with both Macs and PCs, the Iomega Jaz 2 GB external harddrive is a high-performance removable storage system for storing, transporting,and using digital files. Designed for professionals in graphic design andpublishing, industrial 3-D CAD/CAM, enterprise management systems, andentertainment authorizing markets, this drive lets you store up to 2,000pictures (640 x 480 pixels, 24-bit full color), 3.2 hours of CD-quality stereoaudio, or 111 minutes of video (2x CD-ROM quality) per 2 GB disk--and there's nolimit to the number of disks you can use. With an average seek time of 10milliseconds and transfer rates up to 8.7 MBps, this SCSI-interface drivedelivers the speed and capacity to accommodate the most demanding audio, video,multimedia, and software development applications.

    Iomega includes the comprehensive IomegaWare suite of software tools and driverson CD-ROM for operating your drive. Weighing just 2 pounds, the portable drivecomes with a one-year warranty. ... Read more


    • Expands the capacity of your hard drive, 2 GB at a time
    • Stores 2,000 photos, 3.2 hours of audio, or 111 minutes of video on 1 disk
    • Faster than many hard drives
    • Lets you run your entire computer as well as individual applications from a disk
    • Backward compatible with Jaz 1 GB disks

    7. Iomega 31308 FotoShow Digital Image Center
    list price: $129.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B000056L2Q
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Iomega
    Sales Rank: 20379
    Average Customer Review: 3.31 out of 5 stars
    US | Canada | United Kingdom | Germany | France | Japan Product Description

    The Iomega FotoShow Digital Image Center displays digital photos in JPEGformat on a TV so that you can edit, organize, enhance, and share digital photoswithout the need of a personal computer. FotoShow fits snugly in anentertainment center, or on top of a TV on its supplied stand. It comes with aremote control so you can relax while you create.

    Quickly copy your digital camera memory cards onto inexpensive Zip 250 MB or 100MB disks, then keep on shooting. You can also connect FotoShow to the USB porton your PC or Mac and use it as a 250 MB Zip drive to store and back up alltypes of files and applications. FotoShow uses 250 MB or 100 MB Zip disks andaccepts CompactFlash, SmartMedia, and IBM Microdrive digital camera memorycards.

    Iomega provides a one-year warranty on parts and labor for the FotoShow DigitalImage Center. ... Read more


    • View digital photos on your TV
    • Display PowerPoint slides when saved as JPEG files
    • Organize, edit, crop, and enhance photos without a computer
    • Use as external 250 MB Zip drive for your computer
    • Compatible with PC and Macintosh

    Reviews (13)

    3-0 out of 5 stars Does what they advertised, but...
    I bought FotoShow to take with me on an international trip, figuring that zip disks would be cheaper than buying a few 128MB compact flash cards for my digital camera. When I got it, it turned out to be VERY big for traveling. It's a large unit with a heavy power supply, which is not what I had in mind.

    The alternative was something like a digital wallet; smaller footprint (I assume) and one disk to hold lots of 128MB downloads. However, a digital wallet won't let you view the pictures unless you have a PC with you.

    Having said that, it does seem to work well when viewing pictures on a TV. It has good resolution and useful features. The remote control is lousy, though. Cryptic buttons and cumbersome menus that I never seem to be able to remember without help from the manual.

    Note: I have not yet been overseas with FotoShow. I am assuming it will work where I'm going, but an earlier review said that it's incompatible with foreign TVs. I'll find out soon, I guess...

    4-0 out of 5 stars Three years experience
    A friend asked about mine and wanted to buy one. On checking the Iomega site to send him a link I discovered they no longer make this. It is a grat product. I don't know of any other way to view digital pictures on a TV other than directly from the camera if it has a video out jack. The Iomega software works pretty good except that you have to put the pictures in viewing order from the Fotoshow. If you put them in order from your computer in Windows Explorer for example the pictures will revert to the order that Fotoshow had them. Other than that it's a great product.

    4-0 out of 5 stars It does what I need it to do.
    I got the Fotoshow mainly to serve as a zip drive and as extra storage for my digital camera when I go on vacations. As a zip drive, it works as expected. It's nice to have the option to take it with me as additional storage for my digital camera. I thought of going with a digital wallet, but the thought of carrying (and dropping) a harddrive with all my pictures in it worries me.

    There are a few things that I think would make the Fotoshow better.

    1. The card slots are useless when the Fotoshow is connected to the computer via USB cable. It would be nice to be able to use the Fotoshow as a card reader.

    2. The power transformer is big and heavy. It should be smaller and lighter for travel.

    3. Option for battery/portable power.

    4. Faster operation when using the TV.

    Overall, I like the Fotoshow. I would like it better if Iomega would fix the items above.

    2-0 out of 5 stars CF tranfer too Slow
    It have nice resolution, but the transfer time to Zip drives are extremely slow!, it take about 30min to transfer a 128mb Compact Flash to a 250M ZIP drive.

    4-0 out of 5 stars 3 features add up to a decent product.
    Feature 1. USB zip drive.
    Feature 2. Compact Flash/Smart Media to zip drive transfers.
    Feature 3. Television Display of Images.

    The biggest reason I got this was the ability to dump my compact flash card to disk. A 20 gig hard drive digital wallet would be
    nice but, its about 3 times the cost.

    I plan on going to Australia from the US, and did not want to lug by laptop with me. I bought it for this reason alone, although since it was a ZIP drive as well that gave me extra incentive.

    I tested it this weekend on both smart media and CF flash and it worked perfect.

    Copy of 38 images off smart media took less than a minute. It seemed the same for compact flash.

    Retrieving the images from the Zip drive to a computer was efficient. The photos are under a folder called originals.

    Hooking it up to your TV and having it display is simple, it just takes a bit of time to process NEW images.

    The TV display is so so. SOme of the editing capabilities are nice, but a bit cumbersome.

    It was a big plus to display the images on the TV for my wife and parents.

    AS a sample of the usefulenss. A friend had about 150 pictures on A CD of my daughter playing baskeball. I copied the images from the CD to the zip drive, (when it was hooked up to my computer of course). I brought the unit to "grandma's" house. Hooked it up to the TV turned it on, and it took about 15 minutes to "process" the picutres. After that we had a nice slide show....

    I think grandma is going to buy one......

    The only minor issue I had is

    The AC power adapter is only 110 60 cycle. Most digital products these days the AC power adapter is 110/220 60/50 cycle. I have a UNIVERSAL power adapter so I should be OK. ... Read more

    8. Iomega 31197 Zip 100 Portable USB Drive (PC/Mac)
    list price: $149.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B00005A7GU
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Iomega
    Sales Rank: 17935
    Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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    A USB connection provides simple plug-and-play capability for the 100 MBZip drive from Iomega. Compatible with Macs or PCs, this compact externalstorage device works like a hybrid floppy and hard drive, letting you easilyaccess files and applications on removable 100 MB disks. Weighing just a pound,the 100 MB Zip drive is easy to carry, and like any USB device it's hotswappable: you can plug or unplug it without restarting your computer.Delivering a data transfer rate of 1.2 MBps, this drive offers fast, unlimitedstorage for your computer, an easy way to extend the life and capabilities ofyour computer.

    This drive comes with a one-year limited warranty. ... Read more


    • USB connection for easy hot-swapping
    • 100 MB Zip disk holds the equivalent of 70 floppy disks
    • Data transfer rate of 1.2 MB per second
    • Use it like your hard drive
    • Compatible with PCs and Macs

    Reviews (8)

    3-0 out of 5 stars Not the most elegant solution, but it does the job
    I've never found Zip drives to be very speedy, despite the name, but this particular drive is quite slow and quite loud.

    However, in its defense, it is extremely reliable even though I've dropped it and knocked it over several times. It doesn't take up much space on my desk. It is so lightweight and flat that I can throw it in the pocket of my laptop case and take it anywhere.

    The Zip disk has been a good solution for me in terms of sharing files between my desktop and laptop, and this drive is an adequate, reliable, affordable way to do that.

    4-0 out of 5 stars yep, works fine
    The price is right and it owrk.s what else is there to say?

    5-0 out of 5 stars useful!
    a very useful thing to have, it works beautifully and was very easy to install, a must have it you are intending to format your computer and have to move all your precious files to disk!

    4-0 out of 5 stars Perfect except for support
    I have had my zip drive for a while now. I purchased the external type so I could swap it between my laptop and desktop. I use it to backup data along with having the capability to read disks that are sent to me by clients and workmates.

    So far I have not had any major problems I could not work out with the zip drive. The one drawback I have found is that Iomega's Web site is not very clear at times.

    Otherwise for me on both a Windows 98 and 2000 system it has been simple plug and play!

    3-0 out of 5 stars Zip 100MB Drive
    good for home, but requires an electrical supply, so it's not very good for notebook computers and the mobile user. ... Read more

    9. SmartDisk USB Floppy Drive Color Kit

    Asin: B00004SPUY
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: VST Technologies
    Sales Rank: 21474
    Average Customer Review: 3.33 out of 5 stars
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    The VST floppy drive brings more functionality to your USB-equipped Mac or PC. This drive reads and writes standard 1.44 MB floppy disks and has a data transfer rate of 500 KBps. The USB port eliminates the need for an AC adapter, so you can swap files on multiple computers. Six snap-on covers modeled after the iMac colors are included. The VST floppy drive supports Mac OS 8.5 or later and Windows 98 and CE. A one-year warranty covers parts and labor. ... Read more


    • USB-interface floppy drive
    • For Mac OS 8.5 or later and Windows 98 and CE
    • 500 KBps transfer rate
    • Reads and writes standard 1.44 MB floppy disks
    • Includes 6 snap-on drive covers based on iMac colors

    Reviews (6)

    4-0 out of 5 stars Just what I needed for an external USB floppy drive
    We have an iBook and an iMac, both running OS9. We installed the VST external floppy in minutes and were up and running, easily moving the drive from one computer to the next (although, as the documentation warned, the floppy drive must be directly connected to the USB port or a powered hub, for example daisy-chaining off the iMac's USB keyboard does not supply enough power to the drive). Unplugging the drive while the disk is mounted on the desktop automatically dismounted the drive too. This drive was simple to setup and and is easy to use - just what we needed!

    2-0 out of 5 stars Mixed impression
    I ordered this floppy drive in order to save data to an external media with an iMac running OS X. The drive itself seems well constructed, although I was disappointed that it did not come with a grape "skin".

    OS X interoperability is poor, however. OS X recognizes the drive when it is plugged in to the usb port, and recognizes the disk if it is inserted when the drive is plugged in. HOWEVER, ejecting a disk after it is connected to the computer doesn't work.

    Some of this may be because OS X is expecting software-controlled ejects, but it is still disappointing. VST still doesn't have an OS X driver available (as of 7/30/01). Unfortunately, this seems to be the only game in town.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great product!!
    Great product. I installed the software without issues on my g4 and was up an running in a few. Also it recognizes both pc and mac formatted discs!!WOW its about time!!

    4-0 out of 5 stars A good basic floppy drive
    I have these drives on all our new Macs because many still use floppies to bring work home. All have functioned properly so what can I say? If you need a floppy drive on a new Mac this is a good one to buy. It is thin and travels well if you need it on the road. It does not read 800K disks.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Defective product
    I'm not sure whether the software is buggy or the disk drive itself is just not able to read disks, but I wasn't able to read either PC or Mac disks with this disk drive. I double-checked everything from the USB plug to the software installation and used disks I knew were good. No matter what I did, the disk drive insisted that the disk was damaged and refused to read it.

    Furthermore, when the disk drive wouldn't read my disk, it would affect my entire USB network and put my printer on the fritz as well. It's literally worse than useless.

    Time for me to enter the new millennium and maybe get one of those flashy Zip drives. This floppy disk drive, though, is getting returned. ... Read more

    10. Iomega Zip 250 MB USB External Drive (PC/Mac)
    list price: $199.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0000300QN
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Iomega
    Sales Rank: 5030
    Average Customer Review: 4.12 out of 5 stars
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    The Zip 250 USB drive offers an ultrathin, mobile design that meets the high-capacity storage needs for both PC and Mac users. At an inch thick and weighing just under a pound, the Zip 250 USB drive can accompany the most demanding mobile computer user. Connect the drive conveniently with the industry-standard USB port. Mobile users can connect with a host-powered PCMCIA interface. ... Read more


    • Ultrathin, mobile design
    • Compatible with USB-enabled PC and Macintosh systems
    • Compatible with both 100 MB and 250 MB Zip disks
    • Up to 900 KBps transfer rate
    • Includes IomegaWare 2.1 with Quik Sync instant backup utility

    Reviews (26)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Choosing between the USB and SCSI versions of this product
    The Zip 250 is perhaps the most rational choice for anyone looking to bridge the gap between Macintosh and Windows based machines. In both the SCSI and USB forms, it invites portability. It's the ideal solution for anyone who creates anything but video on one platform for use on the other. (For cross-platform video editing, a Jaz drive is more appropriate.)

    It's also great if you're living on a budget. Though your initial purchase is more expensive than buying a Zip 100, you'll spend far less on disks. Since 250mb disks are essentially the same price as 100mb ones, your overall storage costs will be cheaper in the long term.

    Perhaps more importantly, you won't have to abandon your existing Zip library to upgrade. The product's much vaunted backwards compatibility with Zip 100s is real and mostly trouble free. The only glitch with it is that if you're trying to save large (over 15mb) files to a Zip 100, it will take substantially-even painfully--longer than if you were using a Zip 100 drive. For many people, this won't be a consideration. But if you have large multimedia files in your 100mb disk library, you might consider transferring them over to 250mb disks. To put it simply, I definitely wouldn't recommend either version of this product if you plan to use only 100mb disks. The real question, though, is whether you should get the SCSI or the USB version. Out of the box, the SCSI external is twice as fast as the USB, but less portable. To use the SCSI version, you've got to have SCSI cards installed in every machine on which you're going to use the drive. Virtually no computers, PC or Mac, come with pre-installed SCSI cards, so you'll immediately have to spend money to bring your computer(s) up to speed. And you'll have to deal with the fact that most unknown computers won't have a SCSI card.

    Meanwhile, the entirely more portable USB version, though slower by default, can be brought up to the same speed as the SCSI. With the addition of a FireWire adaptor, there's no difference between the two drives. All Macs since the G3, and an increasing number of PCs come with FireWire built-in. And if you happen to encounter a computer without FireWire, you can easily remove the adaptor and go back to the default USB connection-which isn't exactly "slow", anyway.

    With either form, you're going to have to spend some more money to get both top speeds *and* portability. If you don't plan to travel outside computers you already know have SCSI capability, it's probably cheaper to go with a SCSI Zip. But if you want the fastest, largest-capacity Zip drive that you can use on the highest percentage of computers, buy a USB Zip 250, and add on a FireWire adaptor.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Fast set-up, faster back-up.
    Iomega's Zip 250MB USB External Drive (with included 250MB zip disk!) boasts a sleek design that doesn't disappoint performance-wise. For those of us with iMacs, it's a joy to use: just plug it into the keyboard and back-up files FAST. Excellent for transporting larger files from one place to another. (I've had no problem using 100MB discs in it.) In fact, the drive itself is quite portable. Very light but solid, and easily carried. It's also nice to see a design that complements the iMac without imitating it. Iomega Zip 250 stands--literally--on its own as a must-have system component.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Easy to use and reliable but getting outdated
    --I've used one of these for the last two years to back up files and store photos, and I can't recall a single technical problem with it. After reading some of the problems with other electronic gear rated on Amazon, I can't believe this device has been so reliable. When discussing burnable CD's, words like "coasters" or "frisbees" often arise, and reviewers often curse software editing, but I don't think I've ever lost a photo or a data file on a Zip (although you'd better not forget your password if you protect your files). We haven't dropped ours or sat on it, like some other reviewers have done with theirs, but it has done over 20,000 bumpy miles in a Recreational Vehicle and we live in a dusty climate, and the drive has always performed flawlessly. The Zip is also as simple to use as an anvil. We bought it because it editing photos was said to be easier than with a CD, and we weren't disappointed.
    --I may, however, be shifting over to a CD in a short time as my photo collection has grown (I sure won't throw away my Zip but may limit its use to photo editing). For one thing, I'm not sure how long the format will last and I'm not sure I want a bin full of files without a backup system in case this one ever does break. The discs are far bulkier than a CD, and they are getting expensive. It's also pretty tough to share files or transfer data to another computer, unless the partner has a 250 Zip.
    --I rate this product highly, but it has become somewhat outdated. I would recommend it as a very decent backup system for files and some photos, or as a photo-editing device, but if you have tons of photos you may want a CD or DVD. Hope this helps.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Useful but fragile
    If you have an older computer without a built-in Zip drive, this is a cheap and easy way to add a useful feature. The fact that it's USB powered means you only have one cable to mess with. Setup is easy and performance is good.

    On the down side, these drives are fragile. I have had two. I wanted to use the drive with my laptop. However, each one broke within a few months. I packed the drive in an outside pocket of my laptop carrying case. With the case standing upright on the floor, if the case fell onto the outside pocket the weight of the laptop inside was enough to break the Zip drive. In each case there was no visible damage on the outside but the drive could no longer read or write disks.

    If you need a Zip drive for your laptop, paying for a more expensive built in drive may be worth it.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Fast and reliable
    I've got my Zip 250-USB running on a 1Ghz Pentium 3 with Windows ME and had no trouble getting it installed. Have not had any system locks, either. It's much faster than my old Zip 100 that ran on the parallel port, though the 250-USB reads Zip 100 disks with no problem (though slower than 250 disks). I'm using Iomega's Quik Sync back-up software and it's great to have it operating automatically in the background, without me having to remember to do it.

    When I bought mine, the USB-powered version was not yet available, so mine uses an AC power adapter. The USB-powered version would be nice to have for running on my laptop. ... Read more

    11. Iomega 31475 4x4x6 External USB CDRW Drive
    list price: $149.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B000059ZZD
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Iomega
    Sales Rank: 15835
    Average Customer Review: 2.97 out of 5 stars
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    • Store up to 650 MB data or 74 minutes of music on CD
    • External USB connection for Macs or PCs
    • Fast 125 millisecond access time
    • 2 MB buffer
    • Writing methods: disc at once, track at once, multisession, packet writing (fixed and variable)

    Reviews (60)

    2-0 out of 5 stars Hit or Miss
    I'm using it with an early iMac (Mac O.S. 8.6). I've made more "coasters" than CDs. Called Mac. I have the extended warranty on the iMac. They said that they get calls all the time about using Toast, the software included with this product. They said Toast has a problem with alot of Mac extensions.

    For every CD i've "burned", i've ruined at least 1 blank CD. And i do it the same way everytime. One time it gives me some sort of error message. I do the exact same thing again, and it works fine. Yes, i am using the brand of blank CDs that Iomega recommended.

    Had a little bit better luck storing data on a CD, but i've ruined a few blank CDs doing that also.

    The guy at Mac said if i had at least O.S. 9 (or better) and got iToons it should work better. Maybe. Maybe not.

    If you're using a slightly older Mac and want to "burn" music CDs, this will work. And when it works, it works great. But, you may need 50 blank CDs to actually "burn" 20. As far as data storage, 50 blanks will probably get you about 40-45 good discs. Well, at least that's been my experience.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Don't Waste Your Money and Time
    Even when it was brand new I had about a 75% success rate with this burner. After wasting many hours and blank CDs, that rate, 10 months later, is 0%. You'll easily make up the savings of this inexpensive burner if you spend a few dollars more and get a better burner--I've shelled out $50 in discarded CD-Rs since I got this.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Unreliable
    I recieved this drive as a gift Christmas 2001. Right off, burning CD's turned out to be a huge hassle as I had to "coaster" about half of the 50 or so CD's I attempted to burn in the first month. As it was pretty much the burner I was stuck with, I kept it, only to have it [fail]me by September 2002. Go with another brand.

    1-0 out of 5 stars DO NOT BUY
    I was able to use my Iomega RW drive for a few months after I bought it. Then, one day, it would not recognize the drive. I have uninstalled and reinstalled many, many times and it still will not work. I have not been able to get any help from Iomega support. Also, sometimes the door to the drive would not open. I wish I had looked at the reviews before I bought it.

    5-0 out of 5 stars what's all the fuss about?
    Now, I'm sure I'll get a rash of unhelpful votes for this, but sometimes I wonder if when people complain about problematic, inconsistent hardware and software, the actual problem is human error.

    Then again, I really don't understand how anybody could screw up installing and using this drive. Having read many of the comments on this page before buying it with some trepidation over a month ago, I went through the documentation on Iomega's site throughly. After a few hours of reading I realised that I should have just plugged in the drive, connected the USB, and turned on the computer and installed the sugessted software. It's that simple, despite what some would have you believe.

    The drive has worked well for me so far, writing more than a dozen CDs in both audio and data format at the 4x max, and while this is rather slow, I'm using it primarilly for back-up and for the price (this drive is now available cheap as a refurbished product on Amazon) it was well worth it. Also, no coasters yet. Some have suggested using only quality media for burning, though I did try a no name disc and it burned without a problem. Mostly I've used HP media.

    Some people have pointed out compatability problems with Toshiba notebooks, so if that's your system, beware, but for someone looking for a cheep external it's really rather hard to beat this product ... Read more

    12. Iomega 31119 Predator 4x4x6 External USB CD-RW Drive
    list price: $169.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B000056L2R
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Iomega
    Sales Rank: 11045
    Average Customer Review: 2.59 out of 5 stars
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    Featuring an ultra-thin top-loading design, the Iomega Predator 4x4x6 External USB CD-RW Drive offers the convenience of hot-swapping with PCs, Macs, or laptops. The Predator utilizes a fast USB interface with FireWire and PCMCIA coming out in Spring 2001. The drive reads up to 6x, writes at 4x, and rewrites at 4x. Utilizing a 2 MB buffer memory, the Predator has quick disk access times of only 125 milliseconds. It is capable of disc-at-once, fixed and variable packet writing, multi-session, and track-at-once methods.

    The Predator is compatible with both PC and Macintosh computers. System requirements for the PC include a Pentium 166 or higher processor, Windows 98, 98 SE, 2000, or Me operating systems, 110 MB hard disk space, and Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.0 or later or Netscape Navigator 4.5 or later. For the Mac, requirements include a G4, G3 (blue and white G3 only), or iMac computer, OS 8.6, 9.0, 9.03, or 9.04 operating systems, 98 MB hard disk space, and Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.0 or later or Netscape Navigator 4.5 or later.

    The Predator comes with Iomega CD-RW software, quick install disc, a blank CD-R disc, a blank CD-RW disc, USB cable, USB adapter, audio cable, and an AC adapter. It comes with an abundance of software titles including: (for the PC) Adaptec DirectCD 3.0, Adaptec Easy CD Creator 4.0, Adobe ActiveShare, Iomega Quik Sync 2 30-day trial version, MusicMatch Jukebox Plus; (for the Mac) Adaptec Toast 4.1.1, and MGI PhotoSuite.

    Iomega provides a one-year parts and labor warranty on the Predator 4x4x6 External USB CD-RW Drive. ... Read more


    • External, ultra-thin, top-loading CD-RW drive for PC and Macintosh
    • USB interface using included adapter
    • Hot swappable with PC or Macintosh
    • Drive speeds of 4x4x6
    • Compatible with Windows 98, 98 SE, 2000, or Me, or Mac OS 8.6, 9.0, 9.03, or 9.04

    Reviews (87)

    2-0 out of 5 stars Mac Owner
    I bought this CD-RW a little less than a year ago. I thought the price was right at the time, since it included a rebate at the time. I own a Mac G3 (blue & white) running OS 8.6. I bought this so I could back-up some of the more important things from my hard drive. I think it's a bit slow, and I agree with what others have said about waisting most of you CDR's. I have been able to save my photos folder fine, but I can't seem to back-up anything like Palm Pilot info, e-mail, or any of the other things I want stored before doing a fresh install of my OS. When I try a burn in "simulation mode", many times my computer just locks up. I'm hoping the OS upgrade will help with some of these bugs.

    If you are buying a CD-RW for it's looks and don't plan to use it for anything too big, this will work fine. If you need a serious machine, that you can use for back-up, don't bother with this.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome!
    This burner rocks. Very simple to set up and use, works perfectly with my Macintosh. I had the whole thing installed and was burning my first cd within 30 minutes. Yes, you will receive buffer underruns if you try to burn an audio cd at 4x - but I challenge you to find a USB burner where you don't - it's the nature of USB.

    The USB interface is modular, so if you upgrade to a new computer with Firewire, or the forthcoming USB 2.0, simply buy a new module and the burner is ready to go with the new interface.

    I highly recommend this burner, set-up was a snap, the included Toast software is very intuitive - and it looks FIERCE sitting on the desktop.

    2-0 out of 5 stars I hink the Iomega Predator 4x4x6 Sucks
    Last year I bought from the said ext CDRW, initially I've had no probs & thought it great.Once one learns to burn music at the slowest speed.
    Now though I'm going through backup of backups of CDR discs as well the drive's conflicting with the PC ie causing it to freeze.
    Iomega support are no help, to them their drives are perfect, it's the PC's fault.
    I think not.
    The moral is DON'T BUY IOMEGA....

    1-0 out of 5 stars Stay away from Iomega
    Firstly, a pain to install. I thought maybe my fault and let go. Then some CDs burn fine, some CDs end up in trash. On calling their support, they said to shut down everything else(luckily I was allowed to breathe) while the burning is happening. That did not help and I had to buy certain CDs from certain manufacturers. But no, that does not help buffer overrun issues. Still I could backup the lovely photos of my first baby sometimes. And then one fine day the damn thing stopped working. Support said buy another device. And here I am shopping again.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Iomega 31119 Predator External USB CD-RW Drive
    Very compact and fast CD Drive. The only setback that I have noticed is at times the computer needs to be re-started in order to retrieve the CD from the drive. It doesn't happen often. I would highly recommend this for anyone who wants a reasonably priced, compact, easy to use, fast CD Drive performer! ... Read more

    13. Castlewood Systems ORB2SE09 2.2GB External SCSI PC Removable Media Drive

    Asin: B000031VQT
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Castlewood Systems
    Sales Rank: 43765
    Average Customer Review: 3.14 out of 5 stars
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    Castlewood's ORB uses 3.5-inch removable media with a capacity of 2.2 GB, more than any other product in its category. The drive has an impressive transfer rate of 12.2 MBps.

    ORB disks can be used in a variety of applications that require storage of large amounts of large files and digital data, such as music and video editing, graphic design, publishing, and multimedia presentations. Information technology markets are expected to use ORB drives as a way to easily and quickly back up data and increase PC storage.

    Castlewood also provides ORB Tools, a feature-rich suite of functions designed to help manage your ORB disks and make backups as intuitive for the novice as the professional. ORB Tools feature write protection, disk partitioning, formatting, a file archive called "tracker," ORB disk duplicator, SCSI mounter, and other useful maintenance functions. The ORB Tools Backup Suite includes one-click backup, volume copy, image copy, and professional backup. For the novice, ORB's one-step backup sets a standard for thoroughness, simplicity, and security by automating system disk and file backups. Also, ORB drives use a new design that eliminates the need for disk formatting. ... Read more


    • Affordable removable storage with 2.2 GB capacity
    • Infinitely rewritable
    • Truly portable, so you can take it anywhere
    • Each ORB disk holds 3.5 hours of audio or more than 2 hours of video
    • Each disk holds more than 1,500 1.44 MB floppy disks or 3 CD-ROMs

    Reviews (7)

    4-0 out of 5 stars ORB 2.2 as a boot disk
    The Castlewood ORB external SCSI drive was a solution to my need for an easily replaceable boot disk. I boot a dual PIII to WIN98SE, Linux 6.1 and 7.0, Solaris 7, WIN2000, and WinXP. Each on a seperate ORB disk. I have had the ORB for over 1 year and it has worked very well. I had to do some tweeking with Linux 6.1 and Solaris. All others installed with no problems. Because this system is used for development, I don't demand high activity rates from the OS. (C/C++ Libs are on SCSI fixed HDs. The only complaint I have is the availability of media at less than MSRP.

    1-0 out of 5 stars SCSI Orb misses the mark
    My first SCSI Orb was actually a USB connected unit that I chose to use in its SCSI connection for speed. (The USB Orb is just a SCSI with a special cable attachment.) It lasted more than a year. Apparently, I was lucky. When it misbehaved, finally, it flashed the amber light continuously. I could hear the motor turning on for an interval, and then turning off. After some time, the disk ejected. I never got that green light that indicated the drive was ready. The Orb was essentially dead.

    Since I was outside my warranty period, I purchased another; this time a straight SCSI unit. It exhibited the same difficulty as my last drive, but this time right out of the box. I tried a number of disks, including a brand new one and nothing helped. I sent the unit back and three weeks later -- received its replacement. Imagine my chagrin when I found this new one exhibiting the very same difficulty? Is it possible I received two faulty drives? Was it possible I was doing something wrong, (after successfully doing it right with my first unit for better than a year)? Or was there some design and/or quality control difficulty with the SCSI unit itself?

    Attempts to contact Castlewood by phone were all in vain. I even sent an extensive explanation of my difficulties via E-mail; but to date, there has been no answer. I recently asked the vendor for my money back. I simply gave up.

    In the meantime, I have 130.00 dollars worth of Orb disks that are totally useless -- to say nothing of the backup material thereon.

    I often wondered why Castlewood did not swamp Iomega in their sales, since with the former, one got so much more for the money. Now I know. I still my have SCSI connected Zip drive after four years. It works just fine.

    The Orb is, apparently, poor quality merchandise. It is a great idea, but it simply doesn't measure up in practical terms. Further, I find now that both the product and the company -- with reference to its customer support -- leave much to be desired.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Never had one problem in the last 15 months
    I bought the original aqua-blue version of the Orb Drive about 15 months ago. I got the USB version, and I recomend this one for a very important reason: The USB version is actualy the SCSI external drive with a USB - to - SCSI adapter. Meaning, you can use it BOTH ways as a SCSI or USB.

    With Win98, I average around 1.4 MB per second transfer. I have yet to try the SCSI interface, but it's probably six times has fast. (I'm basing this on the fact the old legacy SCSI interface is itself six times as fast as USB.)

    in Windows ME, I average about 1.2 MB per second. With Windows 2000, I get about 1.9 MB per second. The nice thing about Windows2000 is it automaticaly detects the orb drive at OS installation time. I never once had to install the driver. (Although you do have to manualy install the driver for Win98, but it's easy and painless.)

    I HIGHLY recomend this drive to anyone.

    1-0 out of 5 stars bad product, worse customer support
    I bought one of these a year or so ago, and 1 of the 3 discs I bought didn't work right out of the box. The drive itself lasted about 3 months before it broke completely. I've been calling orb constantly ever since trying to get them to replace the drive (under its warranty), and have finally resorted to writing them letting them know I'm contacting my lawyer. Luckily, I had a friend who had an orb drive of his own, so I was able to get my data off of the discs that did work.

    Don't be fooled like I was by these people.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Inexpensive, Fast, High Capacity Removable Storage
    I have been using the external SCSI ORB drive since April. I have found it to be reliable and reasonable high performance. Occasionally a disk does not load correctly the first time but a re-insertion solves the problem. I use mine through an Adaptec PC-Card and it has survived traveling in a laptop bag. I plan to buy a Cardbus SCSI card to improve performance.

    I highly recommend this product. ... Read more

    14. Floppy Drive 1.44 USB98/wme/w2k/xp/mac

    our price: $59.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B00006B89D
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Imation
    Sales Rank: 25476
    Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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    Reviews (1)

    4-0 out of 5 stars Great little backup floppy drive
    I bought a used computer from a co-worker and everything was great except that the computer had no 3.5 floppy drive. I was considering buying an internal drive, but I saw the Imation 1.44mb external drive at an electronic stores and decided to get it. The unit is has a very small form and will sit happily on top of your computer case. You attach a USB cable to it and to a USB port of your computer. There is a supplied disk included for installation. The floppy drive worked on the very first boot. The only downside of the unit is that the USB cable that comes with the floppy drive is a little short so if you are thinking about putting this drive on your table, it won't be possible. Other than this, the unit is rock solid and a good alternative to buying an internal floppy drive as a backup. ... Read more

    15. SmartDisk 6GB Portable FireWire Hard Drive (Graphite)

    our price: $369.88
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B00004SPV1
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: VST Technologies
    Sales Rank: 36897
    Average Customer Review: 4.25 out of 5 stars
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    VST's new graphite-colored 6 GB ultraslim FireWire hard drive features a small, lightweight, high-performance design while offering a color to match your G4 or limited-edition iMac or give any FireWire-equipped Macintosh that professional look. Ideal for those searching for a portable solution for their high storage needs, this IEEE 1394-compliant hard drive is bus powered, so no external power supply is needed. (However, an AC adapter is required when daisy-chaining more than two drives together or when using the drive with a PCI/CardBus card.) Plus, it has plug-and-play ease of use with no device IDs or termination, and it supports hot plug and unplug. This drive is compatible with both Macintosh and Windows 98 (second edition) FireWire-enabled computers. The drive sports dual 6-pin FireWire ports, so up to 63 devices can be daisy-chained together. ... Read more


    • 6 GB hard drive for FireWire-equipped Macintosh computers
    • Average data transfer rate of 14 MBps
    • 12-millisecond seek time
    • 4,200 rpm rotational speed
    • Graphite color matches iMac or G4

    Reviews (4)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Durable
    Have used a different color version for two years now, bringing back and forth from home to work everyday. No problems whatsoever. Speed is about the same as other firewire drives

    4-0 out of 5 stars Bring work home
    This is the first VST product I've bought---since then, i've only bought VST brand HDs---not just at home, but also at work. Unlike it's brother, it does not rely on a AC adapter for power, which is a real plus when bringing work home. The data transfer is great for a few files, but don't expect speedy transfers when trying to copy huge directories (ie number of files) but in single (or smaller #) large files, the copy speed is great. The hard plastic shell has proven time and again that this is a durrable drive, designed to take more than just desktop abuse. With the two FireWire ports on the back, this drive can be daisy chained with other FireWire products. With great customer support (VST) and my past experiences with their products, I would recommend this drive for both the office and home.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Makes too much noise
    I have the 30 GB portable firewire hard drive. The hard drive is great because of the size which makes it easy to carry around. The issues I have with my drive is that it makes a buzzing sound when it is mounted. It's louder than any drive I've ever had and becomes annoying after a few minutes. I wrote VST support to verify that it's suppose to buzz and have not heard back from them for 2 days. I call their support line (not toll free) and I'm constantly on hold forever.
    Also, I was disappointed with the color of the hard drive because all the pictures that are associated with the 'graphite' color looks gray. The actual color of the 'graphite' color is a light grayish blue. (It's less attractive then the gray, so don't get too hooked on the gray because you'll be pretty disappointed.)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great little drive
    VST make very nice stuff. Good software, useful website. This drive has been a workhorse, it's great for moving large files to and from work, it's been very reliable, I don't have a bad thing to say about it except that it's a little more expensive than other firewire drives. ... Read more

    16. CD Cyclone 2x1x6;8x4x24 External FireWire DVD-R/CD-RW Combo Drive for PC with Software

    Asin: B00006B7LU
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: CD Cyclone
    Sales Rank: 51534
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    17. CD Cyclone 2x1x6;8x4x24 External FireWire DVD-R/CD-RW Combo Drive for Mac with Software

    Asin: B00006B7LT
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: CD Cyclone
    Sales Rank: 40770
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    18. Pacific Digital U30098 4x4x8 External USB 2.0 CD-RW Drive
    list price: $199.00
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    Asin: B00005NIMD
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Pacific Digital
    Sales Rank: 32098
    Average Customer Review: 3.33 out of 5 stars
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    • External USB CD rewritable drive
    • Features 4x write, 4x rewrite, and 8x read speeds for CD
    • 2 MB buffer
    • Includes professional CD-recording and bonus software
    • Compatible with 95, 98, ME, NT 4.0, 2000, and XP

    Reviews (3)

    2-0 out of 5 stars Better than nothing, but there must be something better
    It seems odd that this CD-RW drive is still on the market, as it is rather slow for today's demands. The Adaptec software that shipped with my drive had some sort of conflict, which made it impossible to record music. Fortunately, Pacific Digital customer service worked with me and got me NTI CD-Maker, which worked well enough for burning CDs but not as well for printing labels. Once everything is up and running, putting together a disk is fairly straightforward, albeit time consuming for music CDs. The end result is great: your own music mix on CD or a handy way to backup data files and photos off of your hard drive. I was thrilled to get this drive a few years ago. Now I think I would look for something with more bang for the buck.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Weird, but it works
    This looks like an internal IDE that was put in a plastic box, with some conversion hardware that turns it into external USB. Maybe they're all like that - this is the only one I've ever bought. Makes you want to take it out of the plastic box and install it as an internal drive....

    The drive has worked great. I used it to back up my crucial data just days before my old hard drive crashed. Only four stars because, 1) the plastic box/cd drive are hard to get back together, after you take them apart, and, 2) the Adaptec Easy CD Creator 4 software that came with it, hangs under certain circumstances, when you're backing up data. I've personally never seen any 5-star burner software, but I haven't worked with CD burners a whole lot.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Great
    It's a really good buy for it's price. I bought it a few months ago. It's was really easy to install. It works great too. I use it to burn everything. For this price it's a great external drive! ... Read more

    19. SmartDisk USB 6GB Hard Drive (Black)

    our price: $319.88
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    Asin: B00004SPUZ
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: VST Technologies
    Sales Rank: 55376
    Average Customer Review: 3.25 out of 5 stars
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    The 6 GB USB hard drive from VST Technologies is designed for USB-equipped MacIntosh computers. Weighing in at half a pound and the width of a deck of cards, this drive copies files quickly and enables you to transfer information between different computers. The VST hard drive has an average data transfer rate of 667 KBps and a 12-millisecond average seek time. And because this drive supports hot plug and unplug use, you don't have to shut down or restart your computer or put it in sleep mode. Included with the VST USB hard drive are a USB cable, AC adapter, and installation guide. The manufacturer offers a one-year warranty that covers parts and labor. This model comes in black. ... Read more


    • 6 GB hard drive for USB-equipped Macintosh computers
    • Average data transfer rate of 14 MBps
    • 12-millisecond seek time
    • 4,200 rpm rotational speed
    • Includes USB cable, AC adapter, and installation CD

    Reviews (4)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Slow, but a good purchase
    I got this drive for less than 1/20 of the price Amazon is asking, which made the purchase at least seem a lot more worthwhile. The drive functions almost perfectly. It's a bit slow, but 12 Mbps can't really do much anyways. I would have rather had FireWire, but it's impossible to get cheap Firewire drives. This drive works fine for backup and storage.

    1-0 out of 5 stars [useless]
    basically, it stoped working, can't mount it, it [is bad], don't get it....\
    a complete waste of money,
    buy some books instead.....

    3-0 out of 5 stars USB versus FireWire; VST versus everyone else
    A great little HD, but when thinking of a FireWire drive (VST also makes a nearly identical HD using FireWire) go with FireWire. While this is a small drive, it is dependent upon an AC adapter to run, while the FireWire version does not need a power supply. Nearly all new computers are being shipped with FireWire support, both desktops and notebooks. VST has great support and make a very durable product-- If a USB drive is a must, I would suggest this brand over any other.

    4-0 out of 5 stars This Is Good
    USB drives are fast and reliable. They're better than parallel and even some scsi drives. If you run out of room, an external hard drive is a good way to go. This drive is reliable, and also portable which is great! And hey, it's even PC compatable. I recommend it! ... Read more

    20. Addonics AEPDVD2K8X24UM 8x;24 External USB 2.0 DVD/CD-ROM Drive

    our price: $130.99
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    Asin: B00006B9FJ
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Addonics
    Sales Rank: 28962
    Average Customer Review: 3 out of 5 stars
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    Reviews (1)

    3-0 out of 5 stars It was tough, but I got it working. Bad playback.
    Ok, the moral of this story is never buy electronics used. DVDs are okay, but when you open the package, it may not have all the pieces in perfect working order. I found that mine was missing its software, and the disc door was jammed. I had to open the outer casing (thus voiding my warranty) and unjam it as it was caught on something. Then I had to order the software to run it, which is still in the mail. From what I've seen of it so far it runs fine. I put a DVD in despite the software lack, and it immediately read it, and told me I needed software. This convinces me that despite the jam, the thing has no inherent running problems. I tried it and it had trouble reading discs without stalling out, so I wouldn't recoomend this. ... Read more

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