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zip drives introduced (Nov 1995, article)
« on: December 09, 2014, 04:17:09 PM »

A brand new SCSI peripheral -- a hard drive called the Zip featuring removable disks with 100Mb capacity -- has just been released by HiSoft. The drive itself is manufactured by Iomega, and uses disk cartridges that look much like conventional floppies, except they are a little fatter. The disks are supposed to be able to withstand a 1000G shock without damage to data, and to have an estimated shelf life of at least 10 years.

At the moment the Zip drive is an external one (it comes in a quite stylish, blue box about the size of a portable CD player), but there is a rumour going around about an internally fitting version, appearing perhaps as early as this Christmas. The Zip currently costs £179, including software and a 100Mb disk cartridge. Additional disks cost £15.99, and since this means that you are paying less than 16p per Mb for removable high-capacity storage, this system could prove to be very useful for backing up conventional hard drives. More details from HiSoft on 01525 718181.