Chris J Powell

Throwback Thursday – Tech the World has Lost Pt 1

There is one thing that really annoys me about the speed of change that we live in…and that is the loss of great technologies of their time…that have been overtaken by newer and better technologies.  Case in Point…the Iomega Zip Drive!


The Zip Drive was a marvel and a technology leap when it was introduced.  Back in 1994 the typical computer came with hard drives that were between 1 GB and 10 GB and most “portable” computing was done by sharing or moving files back and forth using the 3.5″ Floppy Disk that had a capacity of a paltry 1.44 MB.  The Zip Drive introduced a massive leap to 100 MB of Portable Storage and this was awesome.

I was first introduced to the power of this leap forward by my mother who got one to store her images and completed work for archival purposes at her print shop in my home town and knew that I had to have one when I started into the world of computing just a few years later…but just as I was about to make this leap, the cost of Writable CDs came about in an affordable commercial version and with my first computer that I purchased on my own (a Packard Bell D160) I started my “tinkering” phase and the first computer upgrade that I did was a CD Burner that I purchased for about $195 (yes I know and now they are only $25 for a DVD Burner).

My hat is off to you oh great and powerful Zip Drive as you served an industry well…if only briefly and even though you tried to compete (final capacities were between 500 and 700 MB) you just could not compare to the affordability and longevity of a CDROM.




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