zip disk - Computer Definition
An earlier 3.5" removable disk drive from Iomega. Zip disks came in 100MB, 250MB and 750MB varieties, with the latter introduced in 2002 using USB and FireWire interfaces. The 250MB drives, introduced in 1998, also read and wrote 100MB disks. The 750MB drives read all, but only wrote 250MB and 750MB disks. Zip disks were a floppy-like technology that used design concepts from hard disks and Iomega's earlier Bernoulli disks. The drive was bundled with software that could catalog the disks and lock the files for security. When Zip disks were introduced in 1995, they became popular very quickly. Like all removable storage media, the Zip disk was eclipsed by recordable CDs and DVDs and the Internet. See Bernoulli box.