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ORB Drives Review
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Author: Yingzong, Dracon, Skaven
Date of review: 07-August-2000
Type Of Review: CD-ROM/DVD/CD-RW

Introduction

Data portability was and still is an issue many of us face. The ubiquitous 3.5” 1.44MB disks just do not cut it when it comes to high volume and storage demanding file transfers. Need to move that 30MB demo over to your friend’s place? How about those JPEG files which you are just dying to take to your friends or to the office? That 1.44MB 3.5” disk is definitely out of the question. Then came the 100MB Iomega Zip drive. Though still far from being a common sight in every household, the ZIP drives were highly popular among computer users. It can be said that the Iomega Zip drives popularised high capacity removable media for the end user. I still remember running Wordperfect 5.1 for DOS on a ZIP disk in 1994. It was adequate then and worked fine for such console programs. However, that was 6 six years ago.


The Internal IDE and SCSI ORB Drives


Users are now demanding for greater removeable storage that can double up as portable hard disks. Gigabytes of data stored in a pocket-sized hard disk sounds great and provides for many uses. Castlewood has developed the 2.2GB ORB drive, with disks that promise fixed disk performance. This presents a great advantage in portability. Imagine carrying around a small 2.2GB disk that boots(internal ORB drives only) to Linux or Windows and carries with it the whole slew of applications you need. Your favourite OS and your power tools will stay with you all the way (copyright may be an issue here though)! There will not be a need to put up with outdated or stock applications in the workplace. Your data will follow you wherever you go as well. That is the ideal case of course! An important factor is that your office terminals install ORB drives as well.


The SCSI and USB ORB Drives


The 2.2GB ORB drive comes in three flavours and Hardware One had the privilege to obtain all three for evaluation. The drive comes in internal IDE, internal SCSI or as an external USB device. This review will focus mostly on the USB version. The internal IDE drive was also given a spin in a Linux box. This will be mentioned later.



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