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Sunday, February 17, 2002
Iomega Predator USB CD-RW

1. Introduction

Iomega Predator USB CDR-W - Page 1

by Costas Sgantzos

Click here to Visit Iomega's webpagetends to be the later years, a synonym to words 'portable' and 'backup' for many users. Products like Jazz and Zip are more or less standard when moving data is important, or backup is a daily need. Even though, there is a small issue with this particular technology. It's called 'common media'. Yes, it's true that many people find it a pity not to be able to move/transfer their data to a friend's/partner's computer, just because the later one doesn't have a Zip or Jazz drive. Well, up until now...

Front of the drive!The new idea is called 'Predator'. All the portability you may need with a common way to transfer your valuable (or not) data. This is a Portable USB 4x/4x/6x CD-RW drive, but it has something extra... Attitude!

The actual drive speed is 8X/4X/32X. The speed the drive achieves depends on the interface. USB1.1 allows drive speeds of 4X4X6, Firewire allows 8X4X32, USB 2.0 will allow the full 8X4X32 speeds, and PCMCIA will allow 8X4X12.

What do you get:
Inside the box
The package includes: An Iomega CD-RW drive, USB data cable, audio cable and external power supply.
One ready-to-use recordable disc (CD-R) and one preformatted, ready-to-use rewritable disc (CD-RW), One Solutions CD with CD-Ware and HTML User's Manual. Finally, a quick install manual.


Iomega Predator USB - Top side - click to enlargeThe whole process took us about 5 minutes to get the drive up and running (and that includes the unpacking process). The drive itself is beautifully designed and it's colors -a combination of silver and blue-black plastic- surely make a difference.

If you look at the picture on the right (click to enlarge) you will notice a silver adapter with the USB logo printed on it (top of the picture). This is the external adapter that Iomega offers with the drive. At the back of it you have the power cord connector and the USB input. This adapter is the default, whilst you may order a firewire one in case you own such a card.

When we connected the drive on the USB port of our test machine, the OS recognized it as an 'IOMEGA ZIPCD 650 USB'. We have to mention here that we DIDN'T power off the test machine during the installation process - we connected the drive to the mains and the USB port on-the-heat (despite what IOMEGA advises).

Iomega ZIPCD recognized - click to enlargeThe reason we did this was to find out if the drive is 100% plug-n-play compatible, (as Microsoft states for most of the USB devices) plus, the reason that in most cases this drive will have to be connected to a machine during the operation in order to backup data (due to it's portability). The installation process required the original Windows ME Operating System CD-ROM, from which it copied the required drivers inside the System directory and then it asked from us to reboot.


Iomega Predator USB - back side - click to enlarge- Our Test Machine:
WinMe OS
QDI Synactix 2E (i815 chipset)
Pentium III 1,0 GHz
256MB SDRAM PC 133 (In 2 DIMMs)
DAWI 2974 - PCI SCSI Host Adapter
Voodoo 5500, 64 Mb Ram, AGP
Hitachi GD7500 DVD-Rom, EIDE
Plextor CD-ROM PX-40TS firmware v1.04 (SCSI-ID 5)
Plextor PXW-1210S firmware v1.02 (SCSI-ID 6)
Yamaha CRW2100ix Firewire, firmware v1.0N
Iomega Predator CD-RW USB Drive, Firmware vP1.9

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