From paper tape to data sticks: The evolution of removable storage

Over the years, people have tried to transfer information from one computer to another in a dizzying number of ways. Here's a look at some of the best, along with others that time forgot.

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<h2>Iomega and the Zip Drive</h2><br><br>Iomega entered the removable storage business in the 1980s with the Bernoulli Box, which could store 10MB or 20MB of data on large magnetic-disk cartridges. Later revisions of this technology yielded the Zip drive (1994), which could store 100MB of data on an inexpensive 3.5-inch disk. People liked the format because it was inexpensive and capacious, and Zip drives enjoyed strong sales throughout the remaining years of the 1990s. But CD-Rs could store even more data (650MB) and when the price of CD-R discs dropped to cents apiece, Zip drive sales plummeted. Iomega tried to keep up with improved drives of [[xref:http://www.pcworld.com/article/9460/iomegas_new_zip_drive_holds_250mb.html|250MB|250MB]] and then [[xref:http://www.pcworld.com/article/105212/storage_return_of_the_zip_drive.html|750MB capacity|750MB capacity]], but the CD-R had already won. Zip faded into history. <br><br>Photos: Iomega

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