The computer hardware hall of fame

From mainframes and minis to PCs and PDAs, our picks for the greatest, most enduring computer hardware of all time.

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Iomega Zip Drive (1994)



The Zip drive did more to popularize removable storage than any other device. The original drive was introduced in 1994 with 100MB cartridges the size of 3 1/2-inch floppies; it replaced Iomega's groundbreaking but less popular Bernoulli Box, which used 5 1/4-inch cartridges (the most popular cartridges held only 20MB). When CD-RW got up to speed in the late 1990s, Zip drives became obsolete, but the occasional Zip cartridge still turns up in the back of desk drawers today.

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