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Chapter 4. Playing Disk Jockey with Hard... > What's on a Disk? Files and Folders - Pg. 41

Playing Disk Jockey with Hard Disks, Floppy Disks, CDs, and DVDs 41 What About My Zip Drive? If you purchased your computer in the last couple years, there's a good chance that it has a Zip drive. These drives use removable disks, like a floppy drive, but store gobs of data on a single disk like a hard drive. A single Zip disk can store up to 100MB; it acts just like a floppy drive and typically wears the letter D (or E, if your computer has a CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive). This made Zip drives very popular for backing up files and storing huge data files, such as multimedia presentations. However, now that hard drives commonly store more than 10 gigabytes and CD-R (CD-Recordable) drives are so affordable, the Zip drive's popularity as a backup drive is waning. Inside Tip If you're in the market for a backup drive, get a drive that uses disks that are at least half the capacity of your hard drive. For example, if you have a 20-gigabyte hard drive, get a backup drive that uses 10-gigabyte disks. Most backup programs can cram 20-gigabytes of data on a 10-gigabyte disk by using file compression. You then can schedule backups to run automatically and you won't have to sit at the computer swapping disks into and out of the drive. Iomega, creator of the Zip drive, has a Peerless drive that stores 10 or 20 gigabytes per disk.