Iomega JAZ Drive

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fanman93
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Iomega JAZ Drive

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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?

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Post by Stephen Coates »

I have one :)

I bought a second hand 2GB Jaz Drive in 2006. Don't really use it much, but I do use it for backup purposes on my PowerBooks.

I should be able to get it to work on my PC as I have a SCSI card but I would need an adapter cable for it.

I have two 1GB disks and two 2GB disks but unfortunately the 2GB disks don't work. I never figured out why. They could be faulty.
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Post by fanman93 »

They're apparently known to break, though not as often as the ZIP drives. Something to do with the Click of Death. It's been a while since I've used anything from 1995 to the early 2000s, so I can't offer much insight. I honestly didn't know these drives existed until yesterday, however.
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