View Poll Results: Are Zip Drives Dead?

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  • They lick balls, I do not own one, nor ever use one

    27 50.94%
  • I own one, and use it regularly for data storage/transfer

    7 13.21%
  • I own one, and it just sits there, longing for some zip disk penetration

    17 32.08%
  • I do not own one, but I use zip disks at work/uni/school

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    Zip Drives, are they dead?

    As the tile and Poll suggest, how many people actually use these. They used to be the thing i would use most for 6th form work a few years ago, but now have CD-RW's at 24x with Mt. Rainier, and USB Pendrives taken over?

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    they lick balls who wants a fancy floppy disk that costs some stoopid amount that holds the same amount of data as a 50p CD
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    They are useless now, with DVD+RW at £60 why would anyone want a zip drive

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    I used to have one, but they are just as likely to corrupt as a floppy, i moved over to a usb disk and now my zip drive moulders in the attic of no return.
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    yes cost wise they are no! no! but if you still have one like the usb i have they can come in handy won`t buy any more disks, way over top.

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    I still use floppy disks, but uni seems to have some sort of fetish for the things.

    Never bought one myself - have always been a fan of CDRW.

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    have a zip drive, used it at college a few times to transfer files back home. I wouldnt buy another one though, expecially with DVD writer drives out now.

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    Originally posted by mgh0
    I used to have one, but they are just as likely to corrupt as a floppy
    I'm sorry, but that is SO wrong. I used to use them regular - this one disk got such a battering - and after a year of use it was 97% disk integrity, 100% format integrity. Now those stat's are pretty useless - but needless to say, it never failed me.

    However, there is no use for them now, with t'internet, CD/DVDRW and USB drives.
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    Perhaps I had a particularly faulty batch but I lost important work on several occasions due to zip disk corruption. Well not really lost but its a pain when you get home and the files you copied at uni are unreadable.
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    If floppy disc's are the Cassette Tape of the PC world, zip's are the Minidisc's.

    Nice idea, but hardly any uptake....

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    Originally posted by mgh0
    Perhaps I had a particularly faulty batch but I lost important work on several occasions due to zip disk corruption. Well not really lost but its a pain when you get home and the files you copied at uni are unreadable.
    I can tell you that this would have been down to the drivers - they were sucky, particularly if you had older ones, or used drives with differing drivers.

    Still, I had admin rights at my secondary school, so I used to go around applying all the updates I needed, lol. I even upgraded the RAM in the computer I used - using my own RAM (old) from home.
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    Originally posted by unts
    I had admin rights at my secondary school, so I used to go around applying all the updates I needed, lol. I even upgraded the RAM in the computer I used - using my own RAM (old) from home.
    That's quite sad actually, I would keep quiet about that if I were you

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    I bought an 100mb external zip drive a couple of years ago. I am still using it now for file transfers. As I don't have a internet connection at home, I use it to transfer graphics drivers etc that I have downloaded at work to my home pc.

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    I have one at home from when I used to support them. Was a nightmare as we were not allowed to acknowledge the "click of death" which was a major problem they had with the heads misaligning and chewing up disks. In the USA there was a successful class action suit brought against Iomega for negligence leading to data loss or some such charge. There is a small box that collects the graphite that lubes the heads and each time the head disengages it cleans itself on the way back into a small box that has only an entrance and no exit, eventually this box fills with graphite after a lot of use and ...click....click....click. People used to ring up and play a wav of the click over the phone and we used to have to RMA, took a lot of grief in that job...anyhoo, CDR has killed them.
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    Originally posted by acidrainy
    That's quite sad actually, I would keep quiet about that if I were you
    Sad that I had admin rights, or that I was the only one who could fix the problems they had there? Seriously, I am still the only person who can get one of their SCSI scanners installed - lucky for them that I live directly accross the road.
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