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Iomega ZipCD USB CD-RW Drive

Basic specified characteristics of the Iomega ZipCD USB CD-RW Drive:
Firmware version I1.1
Recording modes Disc-At-Once, Track-At-Once, MultiSession, Packet Writing
Recording formats CD-DA, CD-ROM, CD-ROM XA, CD Extra,CD-I, VideoCD, PhotoCD.
Read/write support in Raw-mode RAW-DAO - supported
RAW-DAO Write Simulation - supported
CD+G RAW-DAO - not supported
RAW-SAO - not supported
RAW-SAO Write Simulation - not supported
Average access time up to 125 ms
CD-R recording 1X, 2x, 4X
CD-RW recording 2X, 4x
Reading 6x max (750 KBytes/s)
Buffer size 2048 KBytes
Production date November 2000
Manufacturer Hungary
Price as tested up to $250

The device ships in a Retail package.

The box contains:

  • User's Manual in 6 languages.
  • Installation manual in the form of a small booklet.
  • CD with software for recording: EasyCD Creator 3.5C and DirectCD 2.5 from Adaptec.
  • CD with Adaptec Toast 4.0 for recording on Macintosh computers.
  • CD with Avery Media Software.

  • An interesting folder where Iomega suggests considering the expediency of usage the ZipCD USB CD-RW Drive together with DirectCD program.
  • 2 CD-R discs.
  • Power supply unit.
  • Audio cable.
  • USB-cable.

ATIP: 97m 31s 01f
Disc Manufacturer: Ritek Co.
Assumed Dye type: Cyanine (Type 1)
Media type: CD-Recordable
Recording Speeds: min. unknown - max. unknown
nominal Capacity: 656.69 MBytes (74m 45s 00f / LBA: 336225)

The User Manual is competently written and comprehensive. The installation instructions are accompanied by color pictures. Apart from programs for recording, the CD also contains detailed installation instructions. The clear and plain interface will help you to work with all applications.

After connection of the recorder and installation of all drivers, you will see "Iomega Win98 USB Disk Controller" listed in the System Properties under the "Hard disc controllers" section.

The Avery Media Software program will help you to decorate not only every square millimeter intended for it on a CD and its caddy, but also set about the appearance of all your audio and video collections.

The recorder has a streamlined, smooth form and stands sturdily on a surface due to rubber legs. There is also a small window, so as you can watch the disc rotating.

The front panel doesn't differ from that of equivalent internal models.

There are a headphones jack (4), mechanical volume control (3), a triangular open button (1), and two indicators (2).

On the rear panel you can find an audio-out (1), a connector for a network cable (2) and a USB-out for connection a computer (3).

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