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Backing Up for Y2K

Techstination feature for Monday, December 20, 1999

Creating those Y2K back-ups. I'm Fred Fishkin with Bootcamp, a report on computers and technology. If your computer and your software are fairly new, there's probably nothing to worry about when it comes to Y2K. But if you want some peace of mind, head for You can download the company's free Y2K software suite to help you check your computer and back up files, or if you have one of Iomega's popular Zip drives...look for specially marked packages of disks that include the software...

"It is quite and extensive download, so I would recommend that if you do have a Zip drive, it's probably easier to buy it with the media."

Iomega's Keith Slankard. Y2K or not, it's a good idea to get in the back-up habit anyway. Easy solutions...Iomega's new USB Zip 250MB drive or Castlewood's new USB ORB drive. It holds 2.2 gigabytes on a cartridge that sells for under forty dollars. Castlewood's Martin Fishman...says the extra storage comes in handy....for digital pictures or music...

"And one of the advantages that you have as a user when you download to the Orb drive as compared to another storage device, is that we're writing as fast as the pipeline can deliver."

We like the speed, size and price of the Orb. The Zip's key advantage is that the drives are so common. Another solution with even more portability are CD recorders. They're slow, but the least expensive way of all to store lots of data.