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Posted: 7/10/2002 6:27:48 PM EST
I'll be buying a new computer soon, and am planning on buying a ZIP drive to transfer my documents and MP3's to the new computer. Most ZIP drives use a USB connection, but they can be bought with a parallel connection. My current computer does not have any USB ports (a description of the computer can be found here-) http://www.ar15.com/forums/topic.html?id=128633 I know my computer has a serial port, but I'm not sure about a parallel port. Are they the same thing? What does the Parallel port look like? thanks for bearing with me...
Link Posted: 7/10/2002 6:33:20 PM EST
Link Posted: 7/10/2002 6:34:25 PM EST
ALMOST all PC's (I can't speak for mac's) come with 1 serial and 1 parallel. the Serial is usually a 9pin and the parallel 25.
Link Posted: 7/10/2002 6:37:24 PM EST
If you have to, use the parallel port...it's up to eight times faster than a serial port.
Link Posted: 7/10/2002 6:38:36 PM EST
I have 2 of the Zip units that are parallel and both hook to where your printer cable goes. The printer then hooks to the back of the Zip drive, it works great.
Link Posted: 7/10/2002 6:39:39 PM EST
Get the addon USB card, because your parallel port most likely is hooked up to your printer.
Link Posted: 7/10/2002 6:46:23 PM EST
Get a USB hub. Most have 4 ports and can cost $30 or less.
Link Posted: 7/10/2002 6:46:47 PM EST
LongIslandShooter, Paul advice about a USB card is the best way to go. USB is way faster that any serial or parallel port. The best part is that USB is hot-swapable. You won't have to shut down your computer to plug in a USB device. One thing to look out for is what OS you are using. The original Windows 95 doesn't support USB. The version Windows 95B, 98, 98Se, ME, and XP all support USB 1.1. I think that only the latest version of XP supports USB 2.0. Vulcan94
Link Posted: 7/10/2002 6:55:58 PM EST
Get the addon USB card, because your parallel port most likely is hooked up to your printer.
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Not a problem since you can connect your printer up to the ZIP drive, then connect the ZIP drive to your computer. The printer still works. I've never been able to get one of the USB ZIP drives to work. I've gotten about 20% of the parallel port ones to work and 100% of the SCSI ones to work. I've used about 200 of them, so it's a pretty large sample set. You might want to just buy a couple of cheap network cards (like the $20 NetGear ones from Best Buy) rather than trying to get USB ports to work.z
Link Posted: 7/10/2002 7:15:15 PM EST
Get the network card.A ZIP drive is about useless unless you swap info between two computers rthat are not networked.Like home and office.Besides your new computer will allready have a netwok card.
Link Posted: 7/10/2002 7:51:00 PM EST
Yeah, I've got the parallel port on my old (read: current) computer. Thanks.
Link Posted: 7/10/2002 8:02:39 PM EST
I think you also may be wasting money on a ZIP drive. A CD-RW (or even a DVD-RW) would be an alternative worth considering. Especially if your primary goal is to transfer data in the absence of an EtherNet connection. I don't know what the price of the ZIP media is nowadays, but CDs are probably a lot less expensive. I'm guessing the drives would be comparable. AND, you'll be able to have an excellent archiving system in the future...
Link Posted: 7/10/2002 8:07:13 PM EST
[Last Edit: 7/10/2002 8:09:55 PM EST by cgwahl]
I'd get the USB since you can just unplug it and move it when necessary. Plus its the fastest of the two. However, if those are you only choices I'd probably get Serial since that should be free, have a trackball that prefers the serial port as opposed to the USB one but I have a standard mouse that goes in the PS/2 port. I don't like doubling up ports because from what I've been told is the printer is anal and its usually not good to have to seperate devices feeding off the same port anyways. Sometimes the signal for the printer might decide to go to the Zip and the signal for the Zip will go to the printer. Which can cause problems... I might be wrong though, things may have changed not to mention I might have been told wrong. Not to mention I might change my mind depending on which is better speed wise. I know parallel is farely slow however I don't know how good or fast the serial is. EDIT: Woops realize now you meant serial as in USB. Nevermind.
Link Posted: 7/10/2002 8:11:11 PM EST
Originally Posted By another_shooter: I think you also may be wasting money on a ZIP drive. A CD-RW (or even a DVD-RW) would be an alternative worth considering. Especially if your primary goal is to transfer data in the absence of an EtherNet connection. I don't know what the price of the ZIP media is nowadays, but CDs are probably a lot less expensive. I'm guessing the drives would be comparable. AND, you'll be able to have an excellent archiving system in the future...
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The problem is, I need to get data of of my current computer (which has no USB or CD-RW; only serial and parallel) and get it on to my new computer (which I will be buying in a few weeks, and will have USB, CD-RW and DVD).
Link Posted: 7/10/2002 8:18:14 PM EST
If that is your intention and you don't need your old computer, I would have the local computer shop take your old hard drive and install it as a slave drive in your new system. Problem solved with no muss or fuss. -legrue
Link Posted: 7/10/2002 8:20:54 PM EST
Originally Posted By LongIslandShooter:
Originally Posted By another_shooter: I think you also may be wasting money on a ZIP drive. A CD-RW (or even a DVD-RW) would be an alternative worth considering. Especially if your primary goal is to transfer data in the absence of an EtherNet connection. I don't know what the price of the ZIP media is nowadays, but CDs are probably a lot less expensive. I'm guessing the drives would be comparable. AND, you'll be able to have an excellent archiving system in the future...
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The problem is, I need to get data of of my current computer (which has no USB or CD-RW; only serial and parallel) and get it on to my new computer (which I will be buying in a few weeks, and will have USB, CD-RW and DVD).
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heh should of said that in the first place. Do what Legrue said. Save yourself a c-note.
Link Posted: 7/10/2002 8:24:05 PM EST
could always connect both pc's with a crossover cable . . . if the older and current one has a NIC of course. then do the transfer. No hassles and costs far less in terms of time and effort.
Link Posted: 7/10/2002 8:26:17 PM EST
LeGrue, That's a good idea unless he wants to use his old computer as a second computer. However, if all it will be is a doorstop... your solution is great! I think ZIPs are somewhat long-in-tooth (I could be wrong) and low in storage capacity...
Link Posted: 7/10/2002 8:28:16 PM EST
Originally Posted By another_shooter: LeGrue, That's a good idea unless he wants to use his old computer as a second computer. However, if all it will be is a doorstop... your solution is great! I think ZIPs are somewhat long-in-tooth (I could be wrong) and low in storage capacity...
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True but maybe the computer guy will be nice and not charge him, or charge him excessively. And allow him to take whatever files he wants/needs. Not like its that difficult to move hard drives around. Unless they're scuzzy (forget how its spelled or what the acronym is...heh)
Link Posted: 7/10/2002 9:07:40 PM EST
You have to be kidding! (sarcasim mode on) My 100% US Navy 1998 HP PII 400 is one FAST computer! And tomorrow I am supposed to be getting this thing called a ZIP drive. I am supposed to be able to put lots of porn and games on it. One thing I don't understand and that is why my computer has these funny slots in the back called USB. Even I know that Windows NT 4.0 dosen't support USB. I wonder why the Navy would buy a ripper of a computer like this and have USB slots in it. I hear that I am supposed to get a 32X speed CD player to take the place of the external 2 stack Sony 8X speed CD reader on my computer now.
Originally Posted By another_shooter: I think ZIPs are somewhat long-in-tooth (I could be wrong) and low in storage capacity...
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Link Posted: 7/10/2002 11:06:32 PM EST
Link Posted: 7/11/2002 12:22:59 AM EST
Or when you get your new computer, you could just pull your harddrive out of your old one and slap it into the new one. (It's really easy, I'll send you detailed instructions if you want to do it that way. Or if you like, I'll send you my parallel Zip Drive for $10. Or I'll send you my USB Card (goes in a PCI Slot) for free (you pay postage; $5). If you want to do any of that, email me at k_leraas@hotmail.com
Link Posted: 7/11/2002 2:36:09 AM EST
The easiest and fastest way is to temporarily move your old hard drive to your new computer as a slave. Copy the files over, then move it back. Your file transfer will be much faster that way, and you don't have to spend the bucks on a zip drive. That's my vote.
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