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Iomega 31310 Zip 250 MB USB-Powered Drive

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  • Powered through your computer's USB connection
  • One 250 MB Zip disk (not included) holds the equivalent of 170 floppy disks
  • Data transfer rate of 0.9 MB/sec
  • Uses either 250 MB or 100 MB Zip disks
  • PC and Mac compatible
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 13.3 x 3.8 cm ; 363 g
  • Shipping Weight: 612 g
  • Item model number: 31310
  • ASIN: B000058EGT
  • Date first available at Amazon.ca: Sept. 15 2008
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #132,822 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes
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Product Description

Item #: IOM31310. 250MB USB External Zip Disk Drives• Manufacturer's one-year limited warrantyDurable storage solution backs up data on 100MB, 250MB or 750MB Zip disks. Customers also search for: 250MB USB External Drive;Computer;Disk;Driver;Drives;External Drive;IOMEGA;USB;Zip Disk;Zip Disk Drive, 742709313103

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Now it's even easier to take your Zip drive around town. With its USB cable, which provides both data and power, the Zip 250 MB USB-powered drive does not need an external power source. Not only is the new Zip 250 MB USB-powered drive the most portable storage solution out there, but it's also great-looking and easy to carry. At only nine ounces, you can take it anywhere and everywhere. And, the sleek new design will have you showing it off to all your jealous friends. Powered by a USB cable, it's easy to connect (just plug it in) and easy to launch (no rebooting). The new 250 Zip Drive is compatible with most major operating systems and all Zip 100 MB and 250 MB Zip disks.

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I originally had a zip drive hooked up by a parallel port. It was a piece of junk. The software for that one kept falling out of my computer and I could hardly use it at all. I decided to think about getting a new one and saw this USB-powered model. One review that almost scared me off was the one where the person'szip drive kept whirring and whirring and froze the computer. I decided to go on a limb and get it to see how it would work and I have no complaints at all. I haven't had one problem with it since I opened it and installed it. Imoega, you redeemed yourselves with this product.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa0465810) out of 5 stars 158 reviews
55 of 56 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9f3c4948) out of 5 stars More convenient and compatible than the alternatives Aug. 2 2003
By S. Gerber - Published on Amazon.com
I've become dependent upon zip disk technology through years of using the older models but found the parallel models tedious to use because of competition for the only printer port, incompatibility with most printer switches and scanner ports, the touchiness of the software and slow performance. This USB model is an amazing upgrade because of its ease of use with Windows XP and the USB ports. I cite particularly the built in support in XP; no need to deal with the cumbersome IOMEGA software. XP will recognize its availability or removal quickly, and can format it as well, leaving no real need for for IomegaWare. I love the fact that it's powered by the USB port, obviating the need for an adapter and extra wire. The power requirement is 498mA and the standard USB port delivers 500mA.
Compared to backing up files on CD-R there's more instant gratification and less media handling to just copy files to the Zip drive, just as I would a hard drive. I develop web sites and want the security of having immediate copies of changed files on a removable medium and this fills the bill adequately. In my view it beats recording on multi-session CD-R's, waiting for the CD to finalize, and ... in all, can be a faster process actually.
Why the 250MB model? I wanted compatibility with the old 100MB media, and there are plenty of those out there. Otherwise I would have purchased the 750MB Zip for its USB 2.0 capability, but it can only read, not write, 100MB media. I primarily use 250MB media for my own purposes and I've noticed that it seems much faster on this drive than with the 100MB media. I don't know why yet.
Capacity? All of my web sites and important data folders are much less than 250 MB so that's not an issue for me. On a daily basis I backup only the active web sites, my email files, and spreadsheet data. For more voluminous data I use the nicely designed "Backup My PC" program from Stomp Software. This used to be the Seagate Backup Exec supplied with Windows 98 as "MS Backup". With compression the 250MB media can hold up to 400+ MB, nearing the capacity of a CDROM disc.
Performance? I can live with USB1.1 technology though I surely would have preferred 2.0 since my hardware (new Dell) supports it. Using a backup program like I often do, the writes to the Zip drive are kept to a minimum and I can backup/verify a 72MB web site in less than 2 minutes, far exceeding the promised maximum speed of .9Mbps of the USB 1.1 model. Initially the Zip drive ran very slowly and I was quite unhappy with that. Turns out that Windows XP has a setting in Device Manager under the Policies tab to "Optimize for performance". That was not being defaulted to. My performance increased 5 to 7-fold with this setting. Also, I was having intermittent media errors which disappeared when I unchecked "Enable write caching on the disk", again under "Policies".
In summary, I consider this USB Zip to be very convenient owing to its strong support from XP, freedom from confining power adapters, and hot plugability (on or off) to the USB port. I also like the Iomega Brand. Most important it offers me compatibility with most other computers I interface with and with acceptable capacity and speed. If you do buy this drive, consider favoring the 250MB media for yourself (performance, as well as capacity) and the 100MB for compatibility with others (if this applies to you).
Hope this information proves useful and that you find the 250MB Zip to be worth your $$$.
35 of 37 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa6ae7dbc) out of 5 stars Excellent choice for portable, removable storage March 10 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
The 250MB USB-Powered Zip drive is great for backing up personal data (obviously not entire hard drives) and, thanks to the easy portability, for transferring data between computers. This drive costs the same as the Zip 250 USB drive that draws power from an AC adapter instead of the USB bus, which is of course less convenient, but that other model has a couple of advantages: 1) it can be upgraded to a FireWire interface using a... adapter from Iomega, which Iomega says doubles the read spead over using the drive in USB mode; and 2) the AC-adapter-powered drive can be used with USB hubs operating in unpowered mode, while this USB-powered drive has to be used with a powered hub or a PC's built-in USB port. But I think that the convenience of the USB-powered model outweighs the disadvantages, especially if you travel a lot. The stand that allows the drive to be oriented vertically (see the photos) is a nice touch that saves desk space.
19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9f3c41c8) out of 5 stars Excellent Drive Feb. 22 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
this USB powered Zip dirve is the best. saves space at home. not a lot of cords. easy to use and install. very slim which can put in your pocket, ready to use. you can have the zip drive stand on its side. #1 ZIP DRIVE!!
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9f3c47b0) out of 5 stars Reliable and easy to use, but getting dated April 15 2004
By Brad4d - Published on Amazon.com
--We've used a Zip 250 for well over 2-1/2 years now and are on our 33rd disc, and can't think of a single technical problem with the drive. After reading the horror stories about other electronics gear on Amazon, I can't believe this has been such a troublefree device (when reading about burnable CD's, words like "frisbees" are often used, and software is often cursed, but I don't think we've ever lost a photo or a file with ours). We haven't dropped ours or sat on it, like some reviewers have with theirs, but we have covered over 20,000 bumpy miles in an RV and live in a dusty climate, and it's been as eay to set up, as easy to use, and as reliable as an anvil. We bought ours because we heard editing photos was easier than with a CD, and have not been disappointed.
--Having said that, we may be switching over to a CD burner. For one thing, I'm not sure how long the format will last and I don't want to be stuck with a bin full of zip discs if our machine ever breaks. The discs are more expensive and more bulky than CD's, and it's tough to share files with a friend unless they have a zip, too. We won't be getting rid of our zip but will probably relegate it to editing photos.
--I rate this product highly because of its simplicity and reliability, but be aware it is getting dated (it's hard to stay one step ahead of storage formats). It makes a very decent backup system for files and some photos, but if you have tons of photos, you may want a CD or DVD. Hope this helps.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9fd8ed5c) out of 5 stars Doesn't work with most notebooks May 14 2001
By Thomas Crump - Published on Amazon.com
I gave this 2 stars since I thought this would be the perfect external drive for traveling with my notebook book but failed to work with my notebook. When I tried to install this on the USB port of my notebook, it caused my notebook to slow its performance to a crawl. I later figured out that this drive needs a "high power" USB port. For those that don't know, there are "high power" and "low power" USB ports. There is nothing on the box of this drive that says it only works on high power USB ports. Not only that, Windows doesn't report the problem back to the user. What a waste of time and money. I later found out that Iomega makes a PC Card that is a high power USB port so that you can use this drive. Gad! What good is USB if it is not "universal".