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A single DVD-RAM disk can hold 26 Zip disks on a single side, and 52 Zip disks on the overall disk. If Zip disks are still the outrageous $10 each, that means that a DVD-RAM disk should cost $260, per side, or $520 for the whole disk. But you can buy a DVD-RAM disk for just $40. Yes, that's not a mistake, not $400, but just $40.

So why does everyone buy a Zip? Because that Zip disks became popular about four years ago and got lots of publicity. DVD-RAM is still relatively new. But today (the year 2000) even Macintosh is putting DVD-RAM drives in the new G4 computers.

DVD-ROM is for playing movies, not for storing your own data. The reason is because a DVD-ROM burner can cost up to $15,000; cheapest DVD-ROM burners are $5,000+. You can buy a DVD-RAM burner for $700 or under.

Maxell DVD-RAM disks, Panasonic DVD-RAM, CD-R burner, Quantum hard disks.
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The Digital Imaging Technology Center has been using DVD-RAM for about two years. We have not lost a single file. Don't expect DVD-RAM to be as fast as a hard disk, they are slow, but hence sure. I have stacks and stacks of DVD-RAM disks, all Maxell brand.

The stack of drives pictured here consists of two 34 GB hard disks, one 8x CD-R burner, and one DVD-RAM burner/player. This is my "portable" set up, shown here in Antigua, Guatemala, where I was photographing in a new museum of ancient Maya art.


Last updated: Feb. 5, 2003.

Previous updates; Oct. 20, 2001.



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