[X-Newbies] Re: USB2.0 to Ultra SCSI Converter

Charles Martin chasm at mac.com
Tue Apr 19 22:08:27 PDT 2005

> From: carwesg at aol.com
> I just bought a new G5.   I have SCSI peripherals from my old MAC that
> I would like to use on this new machine (mainly my Zip drive and Jaz
> drive).
> I was looking at the USB2.0 to Ultra SCSI Converter , any comments on
> this?

Here's mine: what you are pursuing is a fool's errand.

USB to SCSI converters died out with USB2, were hideously expensive and 
never worked right. Forget them.

You should be getting your data off the Zips and Jaz as FAST AS YOU CAN 
-- they were, at the best of times, terribly unreliable hardware and 
the situation hasn't changed one iota. Sure, they may run for years, 
but when they die (and they will inevitably), they TAKE YOUR DATA WITH 
EM. Bad juju.

Copy your ZIP and JAZ data onto a hard drive (using your old Mac), then 
place the hard drive into an external case (or just copy it directly 
onto your new machine via Ethernet or Firewire), or burn CDs of it, and 
then drop-kick the Iomega stuff into the sea.

If you really insist on keeping the Zip around, buy a refurbished USB 
one for cheap (it will read your old cartridges just fine). As for the 
Jaz, see above -- that technology never was any damn good.


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