The storage specialists at Iomega Corp. breathed new life into the Zip format by displaying their new Zip 750MB drive with FireWire support for Mac and Windows at this week’s Apple Expo in Paris.
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As reported by MacCentral last month, the Zip 750MB drive features triple the capacity and more than double the maximum transfer rate of the popular Zip 250MB drive, while remaining backwards compatible with Zip 250MB disks (read and write) and Zip 100MB disks (read only). The company has shipped over 48 million drives and 300 million disks since the original Zip drive was introduced in March 1995, according to Werner Heid, president and CEO of Iomega.
The Zip 750MB FireWire drive has a 7.5 MB/sec transfer rate (max), password protection in firmware and comes with Iomega Automatic Backup software. The software offers the choice of scheduled or on-the-fly automatic backup of any designated folder or drive, and supports the protection of multiple file revisions.
The drive will ship worldwide on Sept. 30 at a suggested retail price of US$199.95. Zip 750MB disks will retail for a suggested price of $12.49 per disk in an eight-pack.
Apple Expo is being held at the Paris Expo in Porte de Versailles, Hall 4, September 10-14.