A portable Zip drive is a disk storage system that reads and rewrites on Zip disks. It connects to the computer through one of the peripheral ports instead of an internal drive bay, allowing it to be transferred between computers. It has a storage capacity ranging from 100MB and 750MB. It was designed to replace the 3.5-inch floppy disk, but it never caught on because of its bulky form and relatively high cost.
Types of Portable Zip Drives
Kinds of Portable Zip Drives include the following:
Parallel portable Zip drive
This type of Zip drive connects to the computer’s parallel port. It has lower compatibility because not all computers have parallel ports. It also has a lower data rate than the USB model.
USB portable Zip drive
This type of Zip drive plugs into the computer’s USB port. Most models work with USB 2.0 and older versions. It transfers files faster than parallel Zip drives.
Choosing Portable Zip Drives (Buying tips)
Plug-and-play operation: Choose a portable Zip drive that operates immediately upon plugging and does not require driver software.
Format time: For faster processing, choose a portable Zip drive with an average short format time of 10 seconds and an average long format time of 15 minutes.
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