Teo Zenios wrote:
I was thinking non optical when I wrote that. I bet
most CDR/RW burners
of ZIP drive vintage are recycled by now, yet I still see zip drives all
over the place (even thrift stores).
Ah, but how many of those Zip drives are still in working order?
As I recall, the main failure mode was damaged (or badly manufactured)
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.
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).
classiccmp at philpem.me.uk