: Can anyone tell me if there is a substantial difference
: between the performance of the scsi and parallel port version
: of the ZIP drive. I prefer the flexibilbity of the parallel
: version but since I have a scsi card in the system it would make
: no difference to me.
: CompUSA has the drive for $149 with a $50 rebate so the price is ok.
: I appreciate any comments.
I have an external SCSI and an internal SCSI ZIP connected to my system.
When I use them, I don't even notice it. With a friends parallel version
however, the machine slows down considerably, MP3 playing stops, etc.
With hdparm -t both SCSI drives get 0.85 MB/S, while the parallel one
only gets 0.32 MB/S and also increases the system load to 100% (EPP port)
I suggested you either get an external SCSI version, or an internal IDE.
Since the internal SCSI versions are very hard to come by these days.
If you get a SCSI ZIPdrive, you'll also need a SCSI controller. If you've
got a system with a PCI bus, get a new NCR810 for about $50. If you've got
something else, try to get an Adaptec 1542CF (ISA). The Adaptec will cost
you $80 - $100 second hand. After you've bought a decent enough SCSI
controler, you can also add SCSI disks, scanners and CD-ROM (writers) to it.