USB (Universal Serial Bus - Those small sockets appearing on all PC's now at the back of your PC) has recently been getting a great deal of new products specifically designed to make use of these easy to use interfaces.
Using USB makes it so much easier to add new hardware to your computer, without needing to fiddle with any settings such as IRQ's etc, USB devices can also be swappable, meaning you can connect/disconnect your USB devices without having to shut down your computer at any time allowing you to remove your hardware on the run.
Installation, Settings & Software
USB hardware is really easy to install. With the USB Zip 100 the first thing you need to do before plugging the drive into the USB port is to install the IomegaWare software. The IomegaWare software includes the drivers that will be needed once you plug it into the USB port. Finally you plug the drive into the USB port - Windows 98 detects what it is straight away, selects the drivers and you are ready to go, you don't even need to reboot, that is what real Plug & Play is.
Once setup is complete, there is little else that you need to do. The drive is already setup for you in Windows and appears as a removable disk drive and also automatically gets its own drive letter assigned to it.
The IomegaWare software that is available to you once you have installed the drive is as follows:
Iomega has managed to put together a really good manual for use with the USB Zip 100. It includes Quick Install information with illustrations of installation process. The USB drive User's guide also provides details on how to fully make the most of Zip package and how to troubleshoot the most basic problems you may/may not come up against.
I have decided on three tests to run on the USB Zip 100 drive, they are as follows.
Test 1 – Time taken to copy 475 files totaling 40MB
Test 2 – Time taken to copy 25 files totaling 100MB
Test 3 – Time taken to copy one 60MB file
Test number one shows that, in some cases, writing files to the USB Zip drive can be just as fast as copying files on a hard drive! Tests number two and three show that the there is a gradual performance loss as the file sizes increases.
I always wanted to own a Zip drive but never really got round to jumping in until this review hardware arrived, I would now without hesitation recommend that you get one. USB is so easy to use that it makes installing this kind of hardware a breeze for even the most novice of users, allowing you to get backing up your system/work files straight away.
I guess that the only problem is that a 100 MB Zip Drive doesn't offer a great deal of space to work with like a CD re-writer does, I would really like to see a USB version of the Zip 250 on the market, but overall I heartily recommend the USB Zip 100 for easy hassle free backups.
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