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Back Up to Zip Drive Using Two Palmtops and Parallel Port Card

Back Up to Zip Drive Using Two Palmtops and Parallel Port Card

I recently discovered that I can back up my Palmtop's 40 MB PC card without using a desktop PC. The process requires placing two Palmtops side by side and using infrared-to-infrared transfer with Filer. When you do this, the Filer screen can be set to show one side as "local," and the other as "remote," (although remote here means a few inches away).

I hooked a Zip Drive and Trans Digital Parallel Port Card to my wife's 200LX, set up the infrared file connect in Filer on my 200LX, and accessed the "REMOTE" Zip Drive from my Palmtop to make a back up to the zip drive.

As long as the single card slot on my Palmtop is already filled with the 40 MB storage card, I cannot, in addition, add in the Parallel Port Card to connect to a Zip Drive. Therefore this two-Palmtop method provides an easy solution for backing up a large amount of data on a card.

Now that the 40 MB drive is backed up, I can use the incremental backup of either the built-in backup program, or the incremental backup of the software that comes with the Parallel Port Card. I could also use a third party "ZIP.COM" = program for this process.

Frank Nagle

Internet: 70505.577 @compuserve.com

[Other solutions for backing up large flash cards include using a PC Card Drive on a desktop computer, or connecting two Palmtops with a serial cable and connecting the "remote" Palmtop to a Zip Drive. Ralph Turner]

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