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Zip drive?

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I know these are rather ancient by now but unfortunately, I never got a chance to use them back in the day so I was left curious for years. I'm wondering if any of you on here have ever used one, if so, would you mind sharing your experiences with them? From my understanding, they were the more beefed up versions of floppy disks but not nearly as efficient as CDs.

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Yeah, the disks were 2.5 times larger I'd guess. I never had one of the drives, I always remember the media being so expensive and I didn't know anyone else who had one, so that defeated the purpose for file transfers. Adoption was a big problem. Some manufacturers would offer it as a point of differentiation early on, but it didn't work out. Optical media was so much better and didn't require proprietary hardware or license.

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I love zip drives. I am a big believer in them and I used them for many years. My last computer had a built in zip drive and I have two portable units. They worked beautifully. I have just bought a new computer and I actually purchased an adapter so I could still make use of the zip drives. In ways, I feel safer with it than with CD burning, and it's been quicker for me, too.

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They worked great when I used them.

as a removable media - they held 100mb to 250mb, small by todays standards, but at that time CD burners were expensive and floppies only held 1.5mb.

They were somewhat slow, but as a backup media for my own use, they worked good. as a "universal file transfer" .. it was a failure due to the cost of the drive, setup issues and then the cost of the media.

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Yeah I forgot about the cost. I remember spending $60 for 6 I think; it might even have been higher. They were the rage for a while. I've also had better luck with them this weekend with music transfers. The CDs aren't working very well.

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