Zip Drives

Zip drives are removable disk storage systems that were introduced by Iomega in the year 1994. These offered medium capacity storage. The initial capacity for zip drives were limited to 100 MB, later it was increased to 250 MB followed by 750 MB.

Zip drive gained maximum popularity in 1990, although these formats were never successful to replace floppy disk or rewritable CDs and DVDs.


Zip Drives are available as internal or external units. The interface available for Zip drives are:

  • IDE is a low cost drive mostly internal interface used for desktop computers.
  • ATAPI interface can be used with all Zip drives
  • IEEE 1284 or Parallel Port for Zip 100 MB and 250 MB generations
  • IEEE 1394 or Firewire for Zip drive 250 MB and 750 MB Zip drive generations
  • SCSI is the fastest, expandable and expensive interface. SCSI 100 MB and 250 MB ZIP drives can be internal or external. External SCSI drives have a Zip Zoom SCSI adapter

ATAPI and USB interface is still used in some modern BIOS for booting.

PC System Requirements:

For installing the Zip Drive 100 MB or Zip Drive 250 MB following system requirements should be met.

  • Pentium 100MHz or higher
  • Available 3 1/2" or 5 1/4" bay
  • Available. IDE connection
  • Windows XP, 2000, Me, NT, 98, 95, 3.1, DOS

Software Requirements:

  • 2x CD-ROM drive
  • 8MB RAM
  • 30MB hard disk space

Helpful Links

  • SCSI Data Recovery: Users working on modern drive which work on SCSI interface can suffer data loss. To overcome this problem Remo Recover application can be used.
  • Disk Recovery Software: Perform an easy and quick disk recovery to restore all your deleted. lost or missing folders and files with the best recovery utility.
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