ZIP disks gained some popularity in home computer use, and ZIP drives were installed even in some Apple Macintosh computers by manufacturer. They became quite popular "larger floppy", and even some scientific imaging devices had ZIP drives built-in. Included software offered ease of use - to use ZIP drive in a new computer, for example to show some images or presentation, it was needed only to run one program. Driver installed itself and opened a new drive letter for drive. ZIP drives could be attached to parallel port, SCSI (there were combo versions - SCSI and parallel, depending of cable installed) or IDE (ATAPI - early pure-IDE versions are very rare), and later units had USB capabilities. After USB flash drives came to market, IOMega released 750MB ZIP, but it was too late for it and 750MB ZIP never gained popularity.
Unfortunately ZIP drives were prone to click-of-death failures. These failures (their mechanism is described in FAQ) could cause data and media loss. Branding portable ZIP-like drive "IOMega Click!" was not a good idea when these problems came out :).
|Type: Disks and drive|
|Capacity: 100MB, 250MB|
To run ZIP drive, you must have ZIP Tools or ZIP Guest driver.
IOMega released drivers in packages, so usually ZIP 250 driver
package contain older driver for 100, and it may contain even
drivers for IDE, ATAPI or parallel port drives. IOMegaware is a
big package containing nearly all drivers. Zip Tools is a full
suite of software, while ZIP Guest is a simple DOS driver only
to run ZIP drive and access files. There are also Win95 versions
of Guest tool.
Under DOS, you usually run guest with paraleter
Unfortunately IOMega can't go along with download links on their own website, they change it frequently and make dead links in support pages, especially for older platforms, so I have to waste my hosting bandwidth and put here essentials which allow to use ZIP with old computers.
There are some alternative drivers such as commercial PalmZip, which can work under DOS with very old computers (8086).
Notice difference between ZIP 100 and 250MB in reflective surface (250MB on the right). Record=it was a sound streaming application which allowed to record sound directly to a ZIP disk.