[Coco] IDE internal 100mb ZIP drives
mark at cloud9tech.com
Thu Feb 24 19:03:04 EST 2005
Could you please ident your PCdos utility for me and report your
findings. My PCdos WILL not talk to a ZIPdisk, it tells me that it is
not a MS-DOS disk. So I'm curious on the differences.
BTW, SuperDriver is out of this world. It is nice to have a driver that
can sense the drive(s). No more parameters to set up, it even figures
out the clustering for you. Of course you need to be running the latest
NitrOS-9 to have all of these nice features.
Quoting Ray Watts <rayanddoraleew at earthlink.net>:
> I think you meant to address the question to maltedmedia, but it came
> directly to me. I'll give you a little background that may answer
> of your question(s).
> I've been using 100mb SCSI ZIP drives, both internal and external,
> my several CoCo systems ever since Mark came out with his SCSI
> about six years ago. Not only do they make excellent HD backups,
> they are also good for bulk storage of all your archives and
> distribution disks. I have one cartridge I call "Warehouse" that is
> strictly archival and contains approx. 60mb. All the .dsk images I
> download are also being stored in there. My current plans are to
> implement them into HDB DOS operations also by partitioning my HD and
> several cartridges into the same size segments.
> About a year ago, I purchased a USB 100mb ZIP drive from Doug Watts
> $25.99. Now I can transfer files from my Mac to my CoCo's directly
> without messing with all the floppy formatting problems we have been
> seeing here. BTW - I format them on the Mac as PC disks before I
> transfer CoCo files and read them with the PCDOS utility. An added
> benefit is that I can make immediate backups of new Mac apps and
> That operation cuts down my system backups to every several months
> without the fear of losing anything. So a ZIP drive can still be
> without having apply them to a full system backup.
> I assume the reason the drives and cartridges are so cheap is that
> everyone is cleaning out inventory. If you are interested, I would
> recommend buying now along with a liberal supply of disks.
> Cheers, Griz
> KnudsenMJ at aol.com wrote:
> > In a message dated 2/24/05 10:47:06 AM Eastern Standard Time,
> > rayanddoraleew at earthlink.net writes:
> > >BTW - Doug Watts is no relation to me, but I have had good
> > dealing
> > >with the company in the past. Also check out the SCSI and IDE
> > >drives. You might find what you are looking for at a good
> > 100mb
> > >ZIP cartridges have been selling there for just over $3.00
> each, too.
> > Wow! I guess ZIP disks are considered obsolete in these CD_RW
> > and are being blown at fire sale prices. Last time I bought some,
> > they were $12 or $25 apiece -- but it's been a while since I've
> > any at Staples.
> > I know that ZIP upgraded to 250 MB drives and disks, same physical
> > size, so that may be part of it.
> > I also noticed that after I "upgraded" my Norton Utilities, the
> > function no longer supports making a ZIP disk backup. So Norton
> > have written off ZIP too.
> > Too bad, those are my major backup medium on my PC. Much easier to
> > use than CD-RW, which I can do but use only to make music disks.
> > Anyone know the current status of ZIP disks? --Mike K.
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