Which is faster, a 2 Gig Jaz drive or an Orb drive?
Posted 4/4/2000
© 2000 Rob Art Morgan, editor of BARE FEATS
The Zip 100 isn't big enough any more. Even the Zip 250 isn't big enough for Mac users with Gigs of data to archive or move around. You can burn a CD but that's only 650MB. There's always a DVD-RAM but it takes a long time to back up 5 Gigs at .7MB/sec with verify. That's why the Jaz and Orb are very attractive. They are a FAST way to back up 2 Gigs.


Conclusion: Orb wins.
The Jaz has a reputation for speed but the Orb is faster. The Orb drive with one cartridge costs $250. The Jaz drive without a cartridge costs $350. Extra Orb cartridges cost as little as $25 each. The Jaz cartridges cost $100 each. You do the math.

PCWORLD compares Orb with Jaz and all other removable media drives.

I hear many stories of unreliability regarding both the Orb and Jaz. My own experience has been good with the Orb and bad with the Jaz. Let's say I would not rely on either drive as the only means of backup. I put the most critical documents on a CD-ROM.



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