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Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by sidney1975, Nov 21, 2003.
Can you use zip drives with a mac?
Of course. Iomega has always had Mac support.
infact when i had to get a zip disk for my earlier xp machine...by mistake i bought one for mac...
Now that's as good a reason to switch as any...(as if there's a bad reason)
YEP! I have one in my G3 B&W internally! The Zip drives for the mac of today are all external (not a lot of room to put one in there!). So it works with USB (2) and Firewire. Mostly the same drive can be connected to a mac or a Pc and it is only the driver you will have to install (for a pc that is, the mac should recognise it even without a driver!!)
BTW, I don't use it anymore, because I found that Zip disks are pretty fast (internally that is), but not that reliable. I think you are better off with a USB-pen when you are going to use it for transporting data to one mac to antoher. There are cheaper than the zip drive and one disk.
I needed a ZIP drive for my new G5. The G5 replaced my old machine in which I had installed an internal 100MB ZIP drive (the highest capacity available at the time) back in 1998. The ZIP drive is a critical node in my sneeker net. I bought a 250 MB USB disk drive at Office Depot. Hooked it up. Works like a charm.
As for the reliability, I have completely filled 70 ZIP disks. In the five years that I have used them, I have experienced exactly one ZIP disk failure. Over that same time, I have experienced two hard drive failures (spread over six Macs). Let's not even talk about floppies. My experience is that ZIP disks have been reliable beyond all expectations.
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Hmmm, then probably something is wrond with my zip drive. The zips are getting really bad after using them a couple of times. The disks I use are from Iomega. When I check them with the program from Iomega it always says the disk needs repair and you get a percentage how much the disk is damaged/unusable blocks etc. After longer use I get more % damages and more unusable block. I only put in about five times or so!