Ah, but how many of those Zip drives are still in
Mine is, and I have some 40-50 disks :)
As I recall, the main failure mode was damaged (or
discs ripping the heads off the mounting arm. Once this happened, that
drive would destroy any disc inserted into it from then onwards. In some
cases, those discs would then become "killer discs" thus destroying more
Zip drives, and so on and so on.
The "click" syndrome :oD
I've got a ZipPlus and the parallel cable
somewhere; it more or less
works, but needs a new power supply. Can't be bothered spending money on
something I'm not going to use... I don't think I've used it since I got
my first CD writer (a Freecom 8x4x32, aka Philips CDD4801 -- still doing
sterling service in my brother's PC).
This is a common 5VCC supply, you can supply it with your PC's power
When I used that permanently connected to the mac, the mac's power
supply feeded the blue pacman...
Zip disks are good if you have roland music gear :o)