|here's a random question: i used zip disks during that hour or so that they were popular back in the 90s, they weren't bad considering no other options...|
i found an old one in the basement here where i work and cracked it open. i was a little shocked to find that the flimsy magnetic circle inside, the one that stores the actual data, was about the same size as those found in 1.44MB floppies.
that makes sense that technologies improved and we were able to get higher densities of data into the same surface area. But why did the plastic enclosure need to be so much fatter than floppies, if the storage piece was almost exactly the same size? air flow?!?