Iomega brings back the Zip drive

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Iomega Rev

Think back to the 90’s. You know, back when you were actually happy to be running off of a 56k modem, and you still had to use floppy disks to store your data. Back then there was a great idea for a new disk standard that would allow you to carry 100 or even 200MB of your precious data around. Yes, I’m talking about the Zip drive. It started to take off, and had some potential. That is until CD-R/W drives hit a reasonable price and CD-R discs set you back less than a buck apiece. The last time I checked, you could find Zip disks as big as 750MB, but they were way too expensive to even bother with. Well, Iomega has resurrected the Zip disk, and this time around it holds more than any current disc format on the market.

Iomega has actually dropped the Zip name, and re-dubbed it the Rev. Essentially the Rev is a hard drive that’s been split in one half. The disks contain only the platter, while the main unit holds the head and other mechanisms. The disks are highly durable, which is good for anything that you plan on sticking in your pocket or a laptop case. There’s no word on pricing yet, but I would venture to guess that the fate of this product will rest solely on that tiny detail.

Source: CrunchGear

2 reviews or comments

Jeff Says: January 9, 2008 at 12:44 pm

Are you serious??? This is news???

The Rev drive has been around for around for almost 4 years now. Here’s the press release from Iomega:

http://www.iomega.com/about/prreleases/2004/rev_shipping.html

Then about 2 years ago, they upgraded the Rev lineup so that instead up 35GB/90GB (uncompressed/compressed), the drive would hold double that…namely 70GB uncompressed. Again, the press release for that:

http://www.iomega.com/about/prreleases/2006/071806_rev70.html

Now…is there a new update to this info? If not, this is a dreadful post on your post.

Chris Says: January 13, 2008 at 4:09 am

While I apologize that this apparently has been out for some time, Iomega was presenting it at CES as something new, and it is being covered as such. When companies tell us about something new at a show, we generally take their word.

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