Iomega Zip Disks

Seeing a need for a higher-capacity removable storage medium, Iomega (http://www.iomega.com) introduced the Zip drive. This device uses proprietary disks that are slightly larger and thicker than standard 3.5-inch floppy disks (see Figure 6.2). The drive mechanism itself is small enough to fit into a 3.5-inch drive bay. The original Iomega Zip drives stored 100MB per Zip cartridge, but 250MB drives are now also available. These new drives can read old 100MB cartridges. Unfortunately, Zip drives aren't compatible with floppy disks, so if you want to read standard floppy disks, you need a separate floppy drive to do so.

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Figure 6.2

Zip disks (left) are slightly larger than 3.5-inch floppy disks (right).

Figure 6.2

Zip disks (left) are slightly larger than 3.5-inch floppy disks (right).

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