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1. Iomega 31653 Zip 250 MB USB-Powered
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2. Iomega 31310 Zip 250 MB USB-Powered
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3. Iomega 31714 100 MB USB-Powered
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4. Iomega 32324 Zip 750MB External
5. Iomega 10918 Zip 250 MB Parallel
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6. Iomega 32328 Zip 750 MB ATAPI
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7. Iomega 13047 Jaz 2GB Portable
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8. Iomega 10919 Zip 100 Drive(Parallel
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9. Iomega 31197 Zip 100 Portable
10. Iomega 31713 Zip 100 USB Powered
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11. Iomega Zip 250 MB USB External
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12. Iomega 32450 Zip 750MB Firewire
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13. Iomega 11113 Zip 250MB ATAPI Internal
14. Iomega Intl Zip 100 Par EXT Incl
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15. 20PK Zip 750MB Atapi Internal
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16. ZIP 100MB EXT USB DRV-STARTER
17. Iomega 31533 Zip 250 MB USB/FireWire
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18. 20PK ZIP250MB ATAPI INTERNAL
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19. ZIP 100MB EXT USB DRV-STARTER
20. 20PK Zip 750MB Atapi Internal

1. 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
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Amazon.com 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

Features

  • 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


2. 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
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Amazon.com 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

Pros:

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

Cons:

  • Not as fast as internal drives
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Features

  • 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


3. 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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Features

  • 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


4. Iomega 32324 Zip 750MB External USB Drive

our price: $166.99
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Asin: B00006JHY2
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Iomega
Sales Rank: 5190
Average Customer Review: 2.86 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Blazing fast 50x50x50 write/rewrite/read speed with 750 MB disk
  • Scratch-resistant
  • Password-protected storage that fits in your pocket
  • Use Iomega Automatic Backup software or drag-and-drop files--just like your hard drive
  • Reads all Zip disks

Reviews (7)

1-0 out of 5 stars Good while it lasted.
My 750MB Zip drive malfuctioned just after the warranty had expired. Beware!

1-0 out of 5 stars The click of death lives!
Omigod---just bought two of these drives and now they both, with regularity, destroy any disks used in them. But not immediately...everything works great for about 3-4 files, then at some point the drive starts to run, and run, and run---and at the end, you have no files, and 250 MB disks cannot be reformatted (can only do short format on these). Iomega gneraously replaced my disks; great, now all the replacements are corrupted. I guess it's the click of death--the symptoms are very similar in terms of what happens to the disks, but the drives do not click! Iomega tech support never heard of this, naturally. Although cheap, I don't care much for CD-RWs, so I've gone to MO disks---much more reliable, I've never had a failure.

4-0 out of 5 stars Big Capacity, Easy to Use
I have been happy with my three older zip drives, and this drive is continuing my unbroken string of satisfaction with Iomega products.

Installation: The software installed cleanly. I love boring installations!

Connectivity: The drive ran fine on a hub. It helps that it is self-powered and doesn't need to draw power off the USB line. It comes with an adapter-at least my drive did. (The "Technical Data" section of this site's product description says that the drive is powered by your USB cable. But if you choose to use the adapter, I doubt that that statement is correct.) I later installed a USB 2.0 card and gave the zip drive its own port, but it is still plugged into the adapter.

Speed: Speed is relative. Even with the obsolete USB 1, the 750 was faster than my 4x CD-RW, my previous backup engine. And now with USB 2.0, it writes a 175 MB zip file in 45 seconds.

Human Factors: Another reviewer complained that this drive is so lightweight that it just scoots backwards when you try to insert a disk. He's right. So I took a crude but effective approach to "planting" the drive. I took a big piece of duct tape and taped the drive to the top of my system unit. Now the drive is in a real handy spot, and it doesn't budge when I insert a disk. So what if it's no longer portable, and it's more like an internal drive. That's OK.

Vulnerable to static discharge? It is, according to one reviewer, who had a spark leap from his finger to the drive, and said spark temporarily knocked his drive out of commission. I have had no such problem because with the drive taped in place, I don't have to hold it down with one hand when inserting a disk. So I don't need to touch the case. Also, it may help that the drive is against my system unit's metal case.

Some nitpicking:
(1) This drive is much noisier than my previous three zip drives (all internal). Its "zip" noises are loud and raspy.
(2) Dust might get inside the drive because there is more air space around the door than I have ever seen on a drive. I hope it won't collect enough dust to damage it. I see no way to safely clean it out.
(3) Iomega innovates so quickly that any Iomega product you buy may soon be obsolete.

SAVE THE ANTI-STATIC BAG that the drive ships in. If you ever need to carry the drive somewhere, you can use the bag to protect it from static and keep that loose penny in your purse or briefcase from slipping into it.

1-0 out of 5 stars WINDOWS XP SP1 USERS BEWARE OF THIS DEVICE!
It performs v-e-r-y s-l-o-w-l-y !!!

Unfortunately this negative feedback is coming from someone who really likes Iomega products. I've had their Zip products for years, really like their Zip USB 1.1 250MB drive and the 128MB USB 1.1 Mini Drive, both acquired recently, yet this one is going back.

The problem, I'm pretty sure, is WINXP SP1's support for USB 2.0 disk devices when attached to USB 2.0 ports. Other combinations perform well. I have written several articles on USB 2.0 mini drive products here on Amazon giving those products great reviews, but NOT until I formatted those devices as "NTFS".

There's something about FAT and FAT32 formats that's in conflict with WINXP.

Nonetheless, I was optimistic about buying the ZIP 750 because I figured that if it runs slow like the 2.0 mini-drives, I'll just format it as "NTFS". However, six hours after buying it, it was back in its box; I had given up in frustration.

My benchmark was a web site that weighed 120MB, containing 2899 files. No point starting small given my experience with USB 2.0 mini-drives. Well, it took 10.5 minutes, which was an awfully long time for a 2.0 device on 2.0 ports on a fast Pentium 4. So, I tried to format it as "NTFS" and Iomega's software didn't support anything but "FAT". Not even "FAT32". I saw articles on Iomega's web site indicating that they don't recommend "NTFS" for Zip products, yet they provide instructions on how to use WINXP to do the formatting instead of their own software. It's not point and click, folks ... but never mind, because once I formatted it as NTFS this benchmark ran in 12 mins 50 secs. 10MB a minute is not good!

Before I packed it up to return it to OfficeMax, I ran this benchmark on my 5+ year old computer which has WIN98 and some seldom used USB 1.1 ports and it ran my benchmark on the Iomega 750 in 4 minutes or so, but not before hanging me twice. Not one to give up without a fight, I reinstalled my Iomega 250 USB 1.1 on the WINXP computer and the benchmark data ran at 4+ minutes. I was not at all surprised. By the way, since you asked, the benchmark ran in 1 min 25 secs on my PNY USB 2.0 Attache mini drive (NTFS, remember). Using that as a standard, the Iomega USB 750 should have run this benchmark in less than 2.5 mins ... if it did, I would have kept it.

In summary, if your computer has WINXP SP1 and USB 2.0 ports, you are extremely likely to have the same miserable performance I've had. Please buy the product from a dealer who will take it back. And ... don't be beguiled by reviews that say it was really fast when they copied a single 120MB file in only 1.5 minutes or so. That might be true, but it's not the way we use computers.

Thanks for your time.

4-0 out of 5 stars Very poorly documented greased lightning.
This is one very fine removable disk drive. It records files at a terrifying rate. My only gripe with it is the documentation. I know I am an old coot who stopped learning a lot about computers when it became unnecessary to wrestle with DOS and BASIC, and I still like the comfort of a manual that can be read to settle one's nerves while putting a new toy to work. The instructions accompanying this fine piece of equipment is something Iomega should be mightily ashamed of. ... Read more


5. Iomega 10918 Zip 250 MB Parallel Port

Asin: B0000300QQ
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Iomega
Sales Rank: 10956
Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

Remember when floppy drives ruled the land of backup storage? With hard drives becoming ever more cavernous and file sizes becoming more bloated each year, it's a wonder those atrociously slow floppy drives still come standard on every computer. Maybe it's time you moved up to something faster, better, and more capacious. A Zip 100, you say? Maybe last year. But why bother with that when you can get a Zip 250?

As you likely have gathered from the name, Iomega's Zip 250 uses 250 MB disks for incremental data backup. Since the media is removable, you can buy new disks when you need more storage instead of buying an entirely new drive. The 250 MB capacity is a much more reasonable standard for shuttling around files than the 1.44 MB diskettes used by a typical floppy drive.

You might be worried about purchasing a drive that uses a parallel interface, as that's the port most printers occupy. Iomega thoughtfully has designed the Zip 250 with a pass-through port, meaning you can attach the drive to the PC and then attach a printer to the Zip drive. It worked flawlessly in our tests. The drive comes with both an AC adapter and a parallel cable, along with one 250 MB Zip disk--everything you need to get started.

Zip drives always have been designed well, and the Zip 250 is exceptional in this regard. There's a well on the side for the power plug so it doesn't protrude from the jack. This makes it possible to stand the drive on its side if it's taking up too much space lying flat.

Zip products have been around long enough that the software for them has had plenty of time to mature. The included CD-ROMs contain useful tools like Copy Machine, which lets you copy a Zip disk using a single Zip drive, and a one-step backup/restore utility, which easily backs up files from your hard drive. We also liked the included Norton Zip Rescue Disaster Recovery software, which lets you make a working backup copy of your Windows installation so you can easily restore it if the system goes bad. It works much better than the Startup Disk utility included with Windows 95 and Windows 98.

The main drawback to the parallel-port Zip 250 is its abysmal transfer rate. Peaking at 0.8 MB per second, we're talking at least five minutes for a 250 MB transfer. That's under perfect circumstances, and we all know how often computer users encounter perfect circumstances. Regardless, it's better than the 1.44 MB floppy drive it replaces, and most users won't need to transfer more than a few megabytes worth of data at a time. --T. Byrl Baker

Pros:

  • Backward compatible
  • Smart design
  • Excellent software
  • Shares parallel port with printer

Cons:

  • Slow transfer rates
  • Compatible only with Windows PCs
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Features

  • 250 MB version of classic parallel-port Zip drive
  • 0.8 MBps maximum sustained transfer rate
  • 4 milliseconds minimum seek time
  • Detaches easily and goes where you go
  • IomegaWare CD-ROM includes all the Iomega software you need to operate your drive

Reviews (15)

4-0 out of 5 stars Good for backup
What is good about this zip drive is that it is very easy to install, and requires basically no configuration, just plug in, and install the software. The one thing I don't like about it is it sometimes freezes up your computer while you are backing up files. I mean you don't have to restart the computer or anything, you just can't do anything else for a couple minutes. Sometimes that can be a pain. All in all though, its still a good product.

3-0 out of 5 stars Parallel is so yesterday...
I loved the Zip 100 back a year or so ago but its now the age of USB! Having to shut down your machine, connect the drive and turn it on for this device is annoying when you move it around alot. You will also have driver problems on older computers so go internal or USB when possible.

4-0 out of 5 stars Does a really fine job!
I've now owned my 250 parallel port zip drive for over three years and could not manage without it. Yes it might not be as fast as some of the newer models but its the over all storage that I am please with. I use both the 100 and 250 zip disks and store a fair amount of data and photos. This machine has never let me down and I am very pleased with it! I now use it on my Windows XP without a problem although it was in the market place before XP was around. Good overall quality!!

1-0 out of 5 stars The Iomega drive engineers need a dope-slap
My Zip 100 suffered from the "Click of Death" and I lost about five disks and the whole drive before I learned on the Internet about this well-known problem.

I gave Iomega my email address when I registered my drive but they didn't tell me that using their well-documented defective drives ruins the disk with loss of all data.

But, I had to get my data off, so I bought a Zip 250 and today I had the Click of Death again with total loss of data and a ruined expensive disk. Arrggh!

Needless to say, I would NEVER recommend a Zip drive and I am planning on forever boycotting Iomega.

And, if you happen to run into a Zip drive engineer who designed this turkey, please give him or her a (gentle) dope slap for me.

Who at Iomega thought this piece of engineering garbage was suitable for valuable data?

(If you are tempted to by a Zip, anyway, search for "Click of Death" ...before buying a Zip drive. I wonder how many countless gigabytes of data have been lost?)

1-0 out of 5 stars Sloow
Do yourself a favor, set up any back-up(s) just before you go to bed. Backing up on any Iomega external device is the equivalent of watching paint dry. You can however use that time to see if you're one of the lucky few that can get decent tech support from Iomega. ... Read more


6. Iomega 32328 Zip 750 MB ATAPI Drive

our price: $132.04
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Asin: B00006JHY4
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Iomega
Sales Rank: 13325
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Complete with Iomega Solutions Suite software
  • Reads and writes Zip 750MB and Zip 250MB disks; read-only on Zip 100MB disks
  • PC compatible only
  • Internal drive

Reviews (2)

5-0 out of 5 stars Fast storage
The advantage of the Zip drive over a CDROM is the shorter time it takes to make a backup. CD burn programs require several minutes to make a backup. A Zip drive a few seconds - drag and drop. Yes, for an archive of files you a CDROM might be better. But if you simply want to a temporary backup (and I always backup the novel I am writing after even the smallest modification), you can't beat the speed of a Zip. Also the Zip 750's response time is much faster than the Zip 250. Hit the button and it pops out in a half second.

5-0 out of 5 stars WOW
now they have 250MB 100MB and they jumped to the 750MB wich hold 50MB more than a cd it was easy to install and setup and use and afordibale for those who don't have 400$ for a DVD-RW. ... Read more


7. Iomega 13047 Jaz 2GB Portable Ultra Drive (PC/Mac)
list price: $349.95
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Asin: B00000J3T4
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Iomega
Sales Rank: 21575
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com 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

Features

  • 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


8. Iomega 10919 Zip 100 Drive(Parallel Port)

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Asin: B00000J3II
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Iomega
Sales Rank: 9757
Average Customer Review: 3.76 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

Is your hard disk running out of room? Do you need to protect your valuable data? Consider Iomega's Parallel Port Zip 100 drive, an inexpensive and portable external disk drive.

Iomega says it has sold over 100 million of its 100 MB Zip disks, the floppy companions to the Zip 100 drive, and we believe them based on how easy it was for us to set up and use the Zip 100. We just plugged it in, connected a cable to our PC's parallel port, dropped in the CD-ROM, and followed the setup wizard.

The CD-ROM comes with the necessary software to make the Zip 100 act like any other drive on your PC--except the Zip 100 has a 100-MB storage capacity. We set the drive up on our test machine and copying files to and from drive F was just as easy as it was on drive A or C.

You can still use your printer with the Zip 100, as the external drive includes its own parallel port. Iomega recommends that you connect no more than one additional device to the Zip 100, but in our test, we "daisy chained" three peripherals--a printer connected to a scanner connected to the Zip 100 connected to our PC--without encountering any device conflicts.

We used the included 1-Step Backup and 1-Step Restore utilities to back up and restore several hundred megabytes of an old Pentium's hard disk. The process was entirely intuitive and flawless but slow. We did not even approach the claimed 25-MB-per-minute performance, but that's just the way peripheral life is when you're using a parallel port.

The Zip 100 is self-contained, and if you take along the parallel cable and AC power supply, it becomes portable. However, the real convenience comes from the Zip disks themselves. The disks have a tough plastic shell and come in a CD-type jewel box, so little protective precautions are required as you exchange data with Zip-owning friends.

Pros

  • Inexpensive
  • Easy to install and use
  • Portable
  • Rewritable media

Cons

  • Slow data-transfer rate
  • Impractical for backing up more than a few hundred megabytes
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Features

  • Complete backup and restore utilities
  • Supports 100 MB Zip disks
  • Parallel interface
  • Portable, external design
  • Maximum sustained transfer rate of 1.40 MB/sec

Reviews (21)

5-0 out of 5 stars If it's simple and works - then it's not stupid
The Zip100 is a minimum necessity for today's larger and larger file formats - MPEG, MP3, and multiple images files can easily run up to 100MB. I've used the Zip since its inception when it knocked old Syquest 88MB drives out of business about 5 years ago. The size and convenience is why there is really only one choice for removable media with easy and immediate read-write capability.

There are definite pluses and minuses. Some will say get a CD-R(W) drive - but burning a CD is definitely not as immediate as a Zip. The parallel port is a major bummer because of the thru-speed. But those of you who are not major speed demons won't be disappointed compared to a floppy. The Zip drive allows daisy chaining so you can connect/output to other peripherals.

Iomega cut cost on the power on/off (it's always on when plugged in). But really the overall design is very good - you can place it flat or vertical. Even though the thick parallel cord may tend to twist the main unit.

There are a plethora of other Iomega choices. And I would really ask yourself if you are planning on USB or SCSI - each are noticeably faster. On the plus side, the 100MB format is so common in print shops, university labs, and copy places that you can't go wrong. Plus the price of each disk is recognizably less than the 250MB. Seriously think about your file formats. If you plan to do a lot video - you'll need to go with a Jaz. And you can get these refurbished for about the same cost and hold 1Gig. The only barrier to entry is the SCSI necessity and the extra cost of disks. Overall, the Zip100 has been a major workhorse for me - back and forth between work and home/Mac and PC MS98/NT. It has performed flawlessly.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great for data storage but...
The Iomega Zip 100 has been around for some time and it's well established. It's a nice drive for data files so long as they are not too large. We're talking about a meg-a-minute transfer speeds here. Speed is not what this drive is about, but that holds true for any parallel port drive (although my old Syquest and Superdisk drives were much faster). Although CD-RW is the hot topic lately the Iomega Zip uses the familiar file techniques we all know by heart. Reading and writing to a Zip drive is second nature. Overall, it's a decent drive but still a bit pricey considering its performance and after all these years of production.

4-0 out of 5 stars power cord
I like the iomega zip drive for storing things and saving space
on my hard drive. But i don't have a power cord anymore. Where can i purchase a cord from.

5-0 out of 5 stars Sturdy workhorse for 4 years
I'm a Mac user, but I also have a Windows PC in my office. My workplace has over 1,000 employees and the majority of them are on Windows, while I am one of 3 people in the organization that consistently uses a Mac.

I am sent files all the time via the Network GroupWare e-mail system. I never wanted to hook my Mac up through all the logging in and everything involved in a Novell system, so I never got the Mac version of the software to connect my Mac fully to the network.

So, when someone sends me a file via GroupWise, I copy the attachment onto my ZIP disk and then eject that disk and put it in my Mac to work on the file. Not the most efficient way to go about things, but this 100MB Iomega ZIP drive hasn't failed me once in the past 4 years.

Since the Mac OS can read both Mac and PC ZIP disks, I use PC formatted disks and move them back and forth from Windows (the Parallel drive) to Mac (the factory installed 250MB drive) all day long.

ZIP disks can hold an equivalent of about 74 floppy disks and the speed is lightning fast when compared to floppies. My only gripe is that Iomega does not make these drives with an on/off switch... even if your computer is off for a week, you've got to unplug your ZIP drive if you don't want it to eat up electricity. Honestly, I doubt that a little ZIP drive that isn't spinning a disk uses more than a single kilowatt hour per month, but it's a waste nonetheless. This one gripe wasn't enough of a drawback to take a star away from the 5 star rating I'm giving this gizmo. It's dependable, it's fast and ZIP is an industry standard. Hats off to Iomega.

4-0 out of 5 stars Reliable, But Slow
Very easy to install and operate. Data transfer with larger files is slow. The zip disks and drives are very reliable! ... Read more


9. Iomega 31197 Zip 100 Portable USB Drive (PC/Mac)
list price: $149.99
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Asin: B00005A7GU
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Iomega
Sales Rank: 17935
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

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

Features

  • 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


10. Iomega 31713 Zip 100 USB Powered Value Series Drive

Asin: B00005ML56
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Iomega
Sales Rank: 10278
Average Customer Review: 3.33 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Powered through your computer's USB connection
  • Value-priced
  • Data transfer rate of 0.9 MB/sec
  • Uses 100 MB Zip disks
  • PC and Mac compatible

Reviews (21)

5-0 out of 5 stars Truly Mac and PC friendly!
I've been burned by Iomega in the past (Jaz drives that died mid-formatting of two different disks - had to trash disks and the drive) but I needed this unit for a design class. Great little drive. Solid performance. No frills on the documentation/software extras side, but works great on both my Win98SE PC and PowerBook G3. File transfers are quick. Exactly what you want in a USB device. Simple, plug-and-play, with no conflicts in either computing platform.
It's noisier than other Zips, but being bus powered I won't complain. Great way to get the MP3 library off the cable-modem PC and onto the CD-RW connected Mac! Save yourself the hassle of cross-platform networking software, and just swing this drive between computers. Bus powered, so no heavy AC adaptor to carry around. As light as my VST USB floppy drive.
Nice save, Iomega. Great price, Amazon!

4-0 out of 5 stars Infuriating packaging, lightweight construction, but works
This thing comes packaged in TWO (count 'em) thick, clear plastic blisters. Extremely hard to open even with scissors or a serrated knife; also a ludicrous choice environmentally. The drive works as advertised, with an easy-to-install software driver, a good set of updated Zip software tools, and idiot-proof USB plug-and-play compatibility with Windows machines and Macintoshes. I'm a tad concerned about the particularly flimsy construction; it's even a few shades worse than the other Zip drives I've owned, which weren't exactly bullet-proof themselves. If you need a (transportable) Zip drive, well, they don't come any more lightweight and compact than this one, but I'd still go for something sturdier. On the other hand, if your Zip is just going to sit quietly on a corner of your desk, this is a pretty cost-effective storage solution.

4-0 out of 5 stars great little drive!
This zip drive is extreamly easy to use and at half the price of the 250. Compact, portable, and great for large file transfers. I recently bought one for my imac so I wouldnt have to deal with my cd burner so often while saving photoshop and illustrator doccuments. Any one who has used a zip knows that it is much faster than burning cds because you can transfer individual files instead of having to burn every file you want on it at once. the few problems I see with this drive are:
1. Its very noisy and shoots your disk out at you like it just doesnt care.
2. I dont think this is a quality drive, for the price you pay you may want to take better care of it. I have heard of this drive being delivered defective.

I personally have not had any problems and I am very happy I have this little guy. I didnt have much money and I just love using zips so this was my choice.

1-0 out of 5 stars Don't waste your money
Installed in a minute, accesses one out of five of my old zip drives, (they all word fine on my IDE Zip Drive). The ones that it will access, the speed is so slow, you need to leave on overnight for a twenty meg download. Returned the next day.

1-0 out of 5 stars Do not buy
I could never get the device to work. Technical support was no help. It still does not work and I wasted my money. Not a very good value ... Read more


11. Iomega Zip 250 MB USB External Drive (PC/Mac)
list price: $199.99
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Asin: B0000300QN
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Iomega
Sales Rank: 5030
Average Customer Review: 4.12 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

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

Features

  • 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


12. Iomega 32450 Zip 750MB Firewire Drives

our price: $176.69
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Asin: B00006JHY0
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Iomega
Sales Rank: 17305
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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Reviews (2)

4-0 out of 5 stars A solid product
I ordered the zip 750 to go with a new computer, that would no longer recognize my old, parallel port zip 100. Overall, i have been extremely pleased with the drive. The 750 mb disks are massive, compared to my old 100mb disks. With the firewire connection, it is as fast or faster than another zip i have with a atapi connection. There are only a few things that prevent this drive from recieving five stars. Fist, in order to connect it to a computer with a four-pin port, you need to call iomega and ask them to send you a power supply. Although they send the adapter quickly, and it is free, the additional step is a pain. Another problem i encountered is that the drive only comes with a six pin cord. If you want to attach the drive to a computer with a four pin port, be ready to shell out another thirty bucks for another cord. Although this should be no suprise, for some reason, the new drives can read but not write the old disks. It is evidently clear on the packaging that this is the case, but i still am frequently annoyed by that. My final complaint is that occasionally, on startup, windows XP does not immeadiatly recognize the drive. If you pull out the chord, wait a few seconds and then plug it back in, the drive is accesible. Agian, not a serious problem but an occasional hassle.Other than these minor problems, the zip 750 drive is an exceptional piece of equipment, and a true heir to this long line of sturdy, well designed storage devices.

4-0 out of 5 stars Very Useful, But Slightly Dangerous
A year ago, I would have cheerfully told you that there was no reason for anyone to waste money on a Zip drive. The largest capacity model then available was the 250, which was less than half of what a CD-RW could hold. CD burners were shipping pretty much as standard on all new computers. I grudgingly shelled out the money for a Zip drive on my new machine only because I needed some way of transferring data from the old one, which had a Zip 100 drive but no CD burner.

It didn't take me long to realize what a very wise investment I'd made. I prefer to synchronize my important documents and system settings using something like Windows Briefcase (barely useful) or Scooter Software's "Beyond Compare", which does a tremendous job of not only synchronizing files and entire directory trees, but scanning each file byte-by-byte for any signs of changes and/or corruption. It's very easy to update or repair any file the program flags.

What I discovered very quickly was that CD-RW drives were utterly worthless for this task. It didn't matter whether I used Roxio's "Direct CD", which came with the computer, or Nero's much-touted "InCD". The former constantly and reliably corrupted my data, while the latter just as reliably crashed my computer every time I tried it. Windows XP has built-in CD-writing software, but it is useless for the kind of file synchronization that I do.

"You can treat your CD just like a giant floppy!!!" Yeah, right! Nice try, guys!

Worse yet, as I troubleshooted Roxio's software, I discovered their nasty little secret. CDs created under Version 4 of "Direct CD" could not be read by Version 5, and people running Windows XP couldn't load Version 4 without crashing their computers. I wondered: What would happen when Version 6 came out?

So suddenly I found myself using that Zip 250 as my main means of file backup, along with a spare external hard drive. But, of course, 250 MB is not, by today's standards, a great deal of space. I needed three disks to do the job, and these were almost full. Plus, the Zip drive was painfully slow.

Thus, when Iomega announced their new Zip 750, I took immediate notice. I have actually worked with two of these devices. The one at work is a USB 2.0 model running on Windows 2000, while the one at home, running on Windows XP Home, is the nearly identical FireWire model featured on this page.

Setup of the FireWire device on Windows XP is very simple. You plug it into your FireWire port, wait for Windows Plug-and-Play to recognize it, then insert a Zip 750 disk and start working. Windows XP has built-in support for Zip drives, so you don't need to install anything from the included CD for basic file system operations. If, however, you want to write- or password-protect your Zip disk, you'll have to install Iomega Tools from the CD. They also offer a basic file backup utility. Since I haven't done anything with these, I can't comment on how well they work.

I started using the Zip 750 at home on December 10th of last year, and basically I've been very happy with it. While not as fast as a hard drive, it's certainly a major improvement over the Zip 250. I have yet to see one file be corrupted, and "Beyond Compare" has done literally dozens of very thorough scans on my backups. This is the very first time in my nearly 20 years of working with PCs that I can say with reasonable certainty that my backups are secure.

One performance bottleneck I've encountered is, according to Iomega's web site, due to the way Windows XP operates. Namely, copying (or comparing) large numbers of small files is drastically slower than copying small numbers of large files, even if the overall byte count is the same. So I use PKZip in a few places to create larger archives for faster copying.

The only reason I don't give this drive five stars is because of a dangerous design flaw. This is a very handsome-looking drive with a bright, shiny, metal plate on top. Unfortunately, said metal is an excellent conductor of static electricity. The very night I installed the drive on my home computer, I zapped it with my finger while attempting to insert a disk. This immediately knocked the drive off-line, and nothing but turning the computer off, then back on, would get Windows to recognize it again. My heart about stopped until I was satisfied that no permanent damage was done, either to the drive or to the computer.

Considering how light the drive is, there is no way to avoid touching it while doing an insert. Otherwise it simply slides backwards as you push.

The solution? Decidedly low-tech! I powered everything down, unplugged the drive, took that handy little anti-static bag the thing shipped in, wrapped it around the drive, and Scotch-taped it in place! Since then, I've had peace of mind and no problems at all!

The Zip 750 will reliably read and write the older Zip 250 disks (albeit more slowly), and will even read (but not write to) my ancient Zip 100 disks. Unlike some of those CD writing programs, Iomega takes backward compatibility seriously.

So, if you want speed and reliability, this drive is well worth the money. ... Read more


13. Iomega 11113 Zip 250MB ATAPI Internal Drive
list price: $169.99
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Asin: B0000300S4
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Iomega
Sales Rank: 14106
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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The Zip ATAPI Internal drive was created with our customers in mind. Iomega has pulled out the stops to make the Zip ATAPI Internal a great value. And the best part is you don't have to be a computer wizard to install this internal drive.

The Iomega Zip 250 MB ATAPI Internal drive comes with an IomegaWare CD-ROM with all the software you need to operate your drive, welcome packet with quick-start guide, and a CD-ROM containing an electronic user's manual. ... Read more

Features

  • Data compression and storage drive
  • Internal IDE (ATAPI) drive
  • Up to 2.4 MBps sustained transfer rate
  • Includes IomegaWare 2.1 with QuikSync instant backup utility
  • Compatible with both 100 MB and 250 MB Zip disks

Reviews (2)

5-0 out of 5 stars Fastest type of zip drive there is!
Well, the SCSI zip drive is just as fast as the internal one, but I don't have any SCSI ports, and why spend the extra money for a card, so I can use a more expensive zip drive that sits on my desk. Portability is not necessary to me because most all my friends and co-workers have zip drives too. I did have a USB Zip 250 before, but I never took it anywhere so I sold it to my friend for cheap and got the internal 250. The speed is gerat - more than twice as fast!

If portability is an issue, get a USB drive. If you don't have USB ports, you'd better have SCSI ports, or lots of time to waste. The parallel port version is just too slow. They take over an hour to copy off a full 250MB Zip disk!

But in going beyond comparison of apples and oranges... Zip drives really are great, I would recommend one to anyone. They're fast (except for the parallel one, ugh) the 100/250MB per disk is great. Not to big, and most importantly - not too small. They're one of, if not the most reliable magnetic removable media I've seen. Out of all the disks I've had, more than I can count, I can only remember 1 going bad.

4-0 out of 5 stars An easy to use product that works well
I use one of these internal 250 MB Zip Drives on a daily basis. I am very happy with it.

Installation was a snap. I was able to install it in my Dell computer in under 10 minutes, and then install the software and have it functional in another 10 minutes. Initially, I had installed it in Windows 98, but have recently upgraded to Windows 2000 and it still works well. I have another of these drives installed in my Linux box and it works there as well.

I primarily use the Zip drive to carry data around with me (home, work, etc.) that changes too quickly to burn cdroms. It functions perfectly, seems very durable, and makes transferring data simple. Sometimes, I wish it were a bit faster (like at the end of the day), but my "go-home-from-work" routine of copying about 200 MB of data allows me to clean up the desk, turn off the light, etc., then grab the zip disk and go.

Eventually, they will probably make a 1 GB Zip drive, but for now, the 250 MB Zip meets my needs. ... Read more


14. Iomega Intl Zip 100 Par EXT Incl Dr Pwr Supl Iomega Ware CD

Asin: B00004Z85T
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Iomega
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15. 20PK Zip 750MB Atapi Internal Black Bezel

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Asin: B000085BD2
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Iomega
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16. ZIP 100MB EXT USB DRV-STARTER KIT CLAMSHELL

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Asin: B00006HXT3
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Iomega
Sales Rank: 12698
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17. Iomega 31533 Zip 250 MB USB/FireWire Drive Kit

Asin: B00005ICDK
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Iomega
Sales Rank: 29015
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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This Zip 250 MB USB/FireWire Drive Kit is perfect for the Mac or PC user who demands the speed of FireWire along with the near-universal connectivity of USB. Iomega's small and sleek 250 MB drive now has even more of the go-anywhere flexibility that mobile users demand.

The Zip 250 USB drive offers an ultrathin and mobile design that meets the high-capacity storage needs for both PC and Mac users. At 1 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, or for mobile users, the drive also provides a USB-powered PCMCIA interface.

The FireWire adapter will greatly increase the read speed of the Zip 250 USB drive from 0.9 MBps to over 2.0 MBps. It's plug-and-play, so you won't have to reboot every time you connect the drive to your PC or Macintosh. In addition, desktop systems with six-pin FireWire ports are capable of providing host power to the Zip 250 USB drive via the FireWire adapter. Hence, there's no need for a power supply. ... Read more

Features

  • 250 MB USB drive with FireWire Adapter
  • Ultra-thin, mobile design
  • Compatible with USB-enabled or FireWire-enabled PC and Macintosh systems
  • Up to 900KB/sec transfer rate with USB, 2.0 MB/second with FireWire
  • FireWire adapter connects to the Zip 250 USB drive via the ATAPI connector on the back of the drive

Reviews (3)

4-0 out of 5 stars Rear adaptor funky, but it works
I got the FireWire version of the Zip drive.
My previous purchase of the USB version has been flawless.
The FireWire version is a little funky because the firewire interface doesn't look "normal/integrated", there is this funky adaptor that attaches to the rear and appears to convert the firewire to something else (looks like SCSI).
The manner in which this adaptor attaches to the rear is a little precarious (looks like it won't stay hooked reliably).
But I in fact had no problem getting the software to work, and the drive has not given me any problems at all.

3-0 out of 5 stars not what I expect from a firewire/usb product
After first getting a USB portable zip and found it to be extremely slow, I returned it and bought a firewire Iomega zip. As I need it to be portable, I don't want it to require a power adapter. I was dismayed when I found out that the USB version requires a power adapter. While the firewire one does not, it is not that much significantly faster than the USB version. It is also bulkier than the USB version because of the adapter. It takes 7 minutes to transfer a 56 Mb file--not what I expect from a firewire connecting device.

5-0 out of 5 stars Superb!
I needed an external drive in a hurry, and initially turned to external CD burners. However, after reading numerous reviews across a variety of sites, it quickly became obvious that none of the external burners were up to the task. According to reviews, most of them (HP 8000 series, Iomega Predator, etc...) suffered from reliability problems, and to exacerbate the matter further, transfer speeds were reportedly slow. Hence, in desperation, I turned to other forms of storage. To my delight, Iomega's Zip 250 USB/Firewire drive has performed excellently! I haven't had a chance to test out the firewire capability, but all I can say is that I am extremely pleased with its USB performance! I have successfully transferred all my files from my work computer (running on Windows NT) to my home computer (running on Windows 98), and there have been no software or reliability issues at all. Good going, Iomega! Now, if only they could pull their stock out of the pits........ ... Read more


18. 20PK ZIP250MB ATAPI INTERNAL

our price: $1,482.99
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Asin: B00007KJUN
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Iomega
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19. ZIP 100MB EXT USB DRV-STARTER KIT W/ 4 DISKS

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Asin: B00006HXT2
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Iomega
Sales Rank: 22472
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20. 20PK Zip 750MB Atapi Internal White Bezel

Asin: B000085BD0
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Iomega
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