Iomega ZIP Disk Technology

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April 5, 2011 at 04:35:43
Specs: WinXPProx32, C2D8400; 2GB RAM
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?!?

just curious...

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April 5, 2011 at 06:51:54
I don't know for sure but I suspect it was simply to prevent them from being inserted into a standard floppy drive.

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April 5, 2011 at 13:38:28
To make it look like it was worth the $30 they were charging for it.

"The era of big government is over," said Clinton 1996

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April 5, 2011 at 18:12:10
Having the ability to store 100 - 250 megs of data as compared to 1.44 megs on a floppy probably made it worth $30

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