> I need to have some kind of storage mean,that is an external drive I can
> use to copy and browse files. It can be a CD-RW or an Orb, or something
> Does anyone know what kind of drive I should buy - I'm using a laptop, and
> no scsi!
> Thank You
Well you didn't specify how much storage space you need, whether you need to
hook the space up to multiple computers, your budget, how fast it needs to be,
and whether or not you will be using it heavily like a disk, etc.
If you need lots of space (multiple gigabytes), the best solution is probably
an external scsi drive and a pcmcia scsi controller (such as the Adaptec 1460
16-bit controller or Adaptec 1480 if you have cardbus and need speed in
accessing the data). This will probably run you about $500 ($300 for a 9 gig
external drive, $175 for the 1480A, $25-$50 for the cable).
If you don't need more than 640 megabytes, and especially need to use the data
on other computers (read-only), then a CD-RW may be appropriate. Note, CD-RW's
can only be written as one complete operation, which means you can't modify the
data on the disk, you have to rewrite (and have 640 megabytes free on the
computer with the CD-RW).
I don't know much about the ORB.
Jaz (1 gigabytes) and Zip (100 or 250 megabytes) are other possibilities.
Note, these disks aren't made for intensive use, but are good for transfering
small amounts of data. Depending on the laptop, you might be able to get a zip
or jaz that fits in your second slot instead of the cdrom. If that isn't
available, you probably have to go with the parallel port versions, which are
slow (presumably when 2.4 comes out you would be able to use the usb versions
Since you mention a laptop in the first place, have you considered getting a
larger disk for the laptop. I just upgraded my Toshiba to 18 gigabytes and I
see 25 gigs is available.
Michael Meissner, Cygnus Solutions, a Red Hat company.
PMB 198, 174 Littleton Road #3, Westford, Massachusetts 01886, USA