Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 24th Mar 2017 00:27 UTC
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You may recall that a couple of years ago we ran a piece talking about how Ada County, the most populous county in Idaho, was desperately looking for Zip disks and drives to help keep its aging voting machines running.

As it turns out, Ada County isn't alone. Apparently a lot of counties are in the same boat.

Once, while buying a PowerMac G4 from someone (factory-equipped with an internal Zip drive), I stumbled upon his huge collection of external Zip drives and disks, which he promptly handed over as a gift. Other than playing with them out of idle curiosity, I never used them for anything.

Instead of disposing of them years later, I guess I should've sent those 15 or so external Zip drives and 30-odd disks as emergency foreign aid to America. Underfunding democracy seems like a terrible idea.

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Comment by Kroc
by Kroc on Fri 24th Mar 2017 12:25 UTC
Kroc
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2005-11-10

I loved how they ejected across the room. In a time before USB sticks and when CD-Rs cost £10 a pop, the Zip disk was king ... for a short while.

I'm just kind of sad that super-floppy drives didn't catch on -- 32 MB on existing floppies.

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RE: Comment by Kroc
by darknexus on Fri 24th Mar 2017 12:54 in reply to "Comment by Kroc"
darknexus Member since:
2008-07-15

I'm just kind of sad that super-floppy drives didn't catch on -- 32 MB on existing floppies.

Maybe it's better that they didn't. More storage is nice, but the reliability of the media in question... well, it wasn't.

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RE[2]: Comment by Kroc
by typeo on Fri 24th Mar 2017 16:08 in reply to "RE: Comment by Kroc"
typeo Member since:
2008-12-12

The reliability was awful, and the recovery tools useless. And if you had that dreaded ZIP Drive Click Of Death you could pretty much give up on recovering the data.

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