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Which would be best, cd or a zip drive.


I download a lot of embroidery design files which I then stitch out on my embroidery machine. Currently, they are stored on my hard drive and I back them up using floppy disks. I am wondering whether I should buy a zip drive or cd reader/writer to store these designs on which will allow me to free up more space on my computer. Which is the best to go for just for a storage/backup system?


This question was answered on March 6, 2001. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

Hello and thank you for your question.

I would recommend going with a cd-rw drive for the reasons that follow There is a lot less data corruption with a cd versus a zip drive, cd 5-10%, zip 30-40% You can store 7 times as much on a cd versus a zip drive, cd 650-700Mb, zip 100-250Mb Cd's are really cheap, but the initial cost of the cd drive will be a little more than the zip drive You can go to for the latest price information.

Good luck!

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Posted by Lanny of Chandler-Gilbert Community College on March 6, 2001