Zip drives for Simtec USBBy Chris Williams. Published: 14th Feb 2004, 08:56:18 | Permalink | Printable
Up to 750M per discUsers of the Simtec USB solution can now use USB based Iomega drives to access Zip storage discs. Suitably supported Zip drives are now available from Stuart Tyrrell Developments, aka AdvantageSix.
Zip discs, developed by Iomega in the early 1990s, can be thought of as super high density floppy discs, as they combine the portable profile of a regular floppy disc with their high capacity design. You could use them for back up purposes or for transferring large files, like graphic or audio works, when you're on the move. We say 'large' because 750M of information is still a lot in the context of RISC OS.
According to STD, the Zip250 drive can read and write to 100M and 250M Zip discs, whereas the Zip750 drive can read and write to 250M and 750M discs and read 100M discs. RISC OS drivers are, of course, provided by STD for the Simtec USB podule card.
Currently, the Zip discs use a DOS filesystem format although STD may get round to implementing support for a RISC OS filesystem format. RISC OS computers can still access the DOS filesystem although you'll be limited to 8 character filenames unless you want to opt for the third party application Win95FS.
And in case you're wondering, on the other side of the RISC OS USB split, the Castle USB system also supports the Iomega 750M drive. STD have told us that the Simtec USB stack has had support for Zip drives for over six months now. Recent customer demand, however, prompted STD to carry out full compliance testing before announcing their official support for the Iomega Zip drives.
STD website - pricings, offers, etc. There's also a Zip250 drive that'll work on the internal IDE interface, if you're USB-less.
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