Re: [PARPORT] Zip Plus status

Jay Jacobson (
Mon, 19 Jan 1998 20:55:16 -0700 (MST)

I have a question. Don't take this the wrong way -- I am not trying to be
condecending. I am just curious -- why do people buy Zip (or Zip +) drives
when they only hold 100 MB. Retail here (in Phoenix) the Zip + (external)
drive is $199. For the same price, the Syquest SparQ drive holds 1 GB. As
well, the SparQ has a faster seek time, and faster transfer rate. If I
remember correctly, Zip + seek time is about ~24ms, while the SparQ is
12ms. The Zip + sustained transfer rate is ~1.0 MB/sec, again, the SparQ
is ~1.25 MB/sec. (Stats are for par-port ocnnections, not SCSI) With the
cost of SparQ media being only $99 for three disks ( = 3 GB ), that can't
be it either.

Like I said, I am not trying to start a war, I am just curious...


- J a y J a c o b s o n
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On Tue, 20 Jan 1998, David Campbell wrote:

 |> As far as the original question about the Zip Plus goes, I trust Dave
 |> will give us a status report when he has a chance. Last I heard he
 |> was still waiting to get his hands on one.
 |I have just checked with one of the main distributors in Australia, they
 |have ordered 1,100 Zip+ drives with 248 committed already. Expected arival
 |date has been listed as the 12/Feb.
 |Currently I am cleaning up a project (spending 10+ hrs a day in the
 |office), this should all be over around the 13th Feb. At which time I
 |intend to take 2 weeks leave.
 |I am still lurking in the background and will answer most questions about
 |Zip drives (providing it doesn't require a two page response or severe
 |rewrites of drivers).
 |David Campbell
 | (Parallel port device related mail)
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 |Just when you thought you have seen every possible
 |parallel port chipset there is, some manufacturer comes
 |out with a new quirk. Just to make things worse, every
 |mainboard manufacturer on the planet decides to use it.
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