I came across an interesting piece of hardware today - a JAZ drive. It's very similar to the old ZIP drives, with the exception that it needed another adaptor and was pretty much a portable hard drive. This is the 1GB model from 1995, which was huge in those days for PC (and Mac, I think) users.
This drive used an adapter compatible with the SCSI interface, and eventually became compatible with USB through an SCSI-to-USB connector, though it suffered speed loss. Through the SCSI interface, it could achieve transfer speeds of up to 8MB/s (1.5MB/s on USB) and had a total RPM of 5000RPM. It was originally formatted for use on the PC (meaning FAT16), but could be formatted for use with Macs (Why it wouldn't would be beyond me - it brags about it on the cover).
For those wondering, it's about the size of a 3 1/4 floppy, but much thicker. I haven't been able to test it, since I don't have an adapter, and everything at home is IDE and not SCSI. Anyone had any experience with these?
Obligatory pictures below.
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