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In the beginning, personal computers used cassette tape drives. Then came floppy drives, followed by hard drives. And then came removable media drives such as SyQuest, Bernoulli, and – perhaps best know of all – Zip.

Before Zip

Iomega had made a name for itself with its Bernoulli Box, a lower cost alternative to SyQuest drives with their hard disk platters. SyQuest had established itself with a 44 MB 5-1/4″ cartridge drive system using the same 130mm platters found in hard drives.

By contrast, Bernoulli cartridges had a floppy disk spinning at 3,000 rpm, using the Bernoulli Principle to pull the disk’s surface toward the read-write head. Unfortunately, the original Bernoulli cartridge system used huge media, measuring about 8″ x 11″ (210 x 275 mm).

Bernoulli Box II used a smaller cartridge along with a drive that fit in a standard 5-1/4″ bay. Bernoulli drives were noted for their reliability, and they came in many different capacities.

Beyond Floppy Disks

Although Apple wasn’t the first to use 3.5″ floppy disks, it was the first to standardize on them instead of the older, larger 5-1/4″ floppies. In the PC world, single-sided 3.5″ floppies held 360 KB of data, double-sided disks 720 KB. On Macs, the same disks stored 400 KB and 800 KB respectively.

High-density (HD) 3.5″ floppies arrived in 1987, and both PCs and Macs used them to store 1.4 MB of information. The same year IBM introduced its DSED (Double Sided Extended Density) 2.88 MB floppy drive and disks, which never caught on. The market needed a removable media drive with more capacity than floppies but at a much better price than SyQuest.

The Zip 100

Iomega brought its Zip drive and Zip disks to market in March 1995 with 100 MB capacity. Zip uses a cartridge a little larger and somewhat thicker than a 3.5″ floppy disk. It was also far faster than a floppy drive, which is part of what kept the competing LS-120 SuperDisk from catching on – it had higher capacity than Zip but was far, far slower. (Interestingly, SuperDisk began as an Iomega project that they ditched in favor of Zip. 3M acquired the technology from Iomega and brought it to market.)

With their relatively high capacity and low price (initially $20 per cartridge), Zip took off, selling nearly one million in 1995. A few Zip disks could back up most hard drives in 1995; one Zip disk could hold a bootable system plus diagnostics. Zip was also a great way to send files out to a service bureau.

Zip disks came preformatted for Macs or PCs, and either could be reformatted for the other platform using Iomega Tools.

A Word of Warning

The SCSI Zip drive allows you to choose one of two possible SCSI IDs, 5 or 6. SCSI ID 6 is rock solid, but SCSI ID 5 can have issues when other devices on the SCSI bus are moving a lot of data. Avoid using SCSI ID 5 if at all possible.

How Fast (or Slow) Is It?

In 2013, Lui Gough tested several different types of Zip drives on his AMD Sempton 3300+ powered PC running Windows XP SP3. Here are the average and maximum transfer rates by drive mechanism:

  • ATAPI Zip 100: 1.0 MB/s avg., 1.4 Mb/s max
  • USB Zip 100, bus powered: 0.7 MB/s avg., 0.8 MB/s max
  • SCSI Zip 100: 0.6 MB/s avg., 0.7 MB/s max
  • Parallel port Zip 100: 0.2 MB/s across the board

Cam Giesbrecht ran benchmark tests on his Mac Quadra 605, also comparing HD floppy and hard drive performance. His results:

  • floppy disk, writes @ 61.6 KB/s, reads @ 78.6 KB/s
  • SCSI Zip disk, writes @ 1084 KB/s, reads @ 1123 KB/s (50% higher than SCSI on PC)
  • internal Quantum hard drive, writes @ 1497 KB/s, reads @ 1850 KB/s
  • external Quantum hard drive, writes @ 1367 KB/s, reads @ 1367 KB/s

The SCSI Zip drive performs better on this Mac and the one tested by Lui Gough on his Windows PC, in part because Macs were optimized for SCSI drives in those days while PCs were optimized for ATA drives. The Zip shows itself to be a decent backup medium, writing data at 70-80% of the write speed of the two tested hard drives.

As for the floppy, there is no comparison. Zip stores 70x as much data and runs about 15x as fast.

Finally, the Iomega Zip FAQ benchmarks Zip 100, SyQuest 44 (an older technology), and the hard drive in a 1989 Mac IIci, obtaining these results:

  • hard drive: 119 KB/s random reads, 1099 KB/s 256K sequential reads, 71.1 KB/s random writes, 1216 KB/s 256K sequential writes
  • Zip 100: 38.5 KB/s random reads, 1186 KB/s 256K sequential reads, 38.9 KB/s random writes, 1189 KB/s 256K sequential writes
  • SyQuest 44: 37.3 KB/s random reads, 579 KB/s 256K sequential reads, 36.1 KB/s random writes, 579 KB/s 256K sequential writes

This seems to be comparing a 1989 vintage hard drive with two removable media options. Even an older hard drive outperforms Zip 100 and SyQuest 44 for random reads and writes, but the big surprise is that for 256 KB sequential reads, Zip beats the hard drive, while it takes a close second for 256 KB sequential writes, just behind the older hard drive.

Overall Zip had decent performance, especially compared to older hard drives. With contemporary mid-1990s hard drives, Zip would fall further behind yet still acquit itself nicely.

Lots of Options

Supported Platforms

As long as Iomega kept things simple, Zip continued to grow and grow. It supported most operating system of that era:

  • MS-DOS and Microsoft Windows, although Windows 7 and later will not work with parallel port drives
  • Mac System 6 through Mac OS 9.2.2 plus OS X (System 6 requires an Iomega Drive version prior to 5.0, as does the Mac Plus)
  • IBM OS/2
  • AmigaOS 3.5 and later
  • Oracle Solaris 8-11
  • some Linux and BSD versions, although Zip is not universally supported
  • some users have made SCSI Zip drives work with Apple II and Atari ST computers

Later versions of Zip supported 250 MB (launched December 1998) and 750 MB (August 2002) of storage. Zip drive sales began their decline in 1999 as CD-R and DVD-R grew in popularity, followed by the explosion in USB thumb drives.

Driver Downloads

  • IomegaWare 4.0.2 for Windows 98, Me, 2000, and XP. Not compatible with Windows 95 or NT.
  • Iomega Zip 100MB USB Drivers Download, Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, and 10.
  • Iomega Zip 100MB Parallel Port Drivers Download, Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, and 10.
  • Iomega Zip 100MB ATAPI Drivers Download, Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, and 10.
  • Iomega Zip 100MB SCSI Drivers Download, Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, and 10.
  • IomegaWare 4.0.2 for Mac OS 8.6 or later, OS X 10.1-10.2.1. Drivers are not needed with OS X 10.4, 10.5, and 10.6.
  • Zip driver 4.2 for Mac Plus running System 6


Zip drives were available in numerous interfaces, including:

  • IDE, an early ATA standard that does not support ATAPI commands
  • ATAPI, a later version of ATA specifically for removable media; Zip 100, 250, and 750
  • SCSI, internal and external, found on almost all Macs of the era, Zip 100 and Zip 250
  • IEEE 1284 for parallel ports with passthrough for your printer, Zip 100 and Zip 250
  • Zip Plus, an external drive that works with SCSI or parallel port, Zip 100 only

There were also three later implementations:

  • USB 1.1, Zip 100 and Zip 250
  • FireWire/IEEE 1394, Zip 250 and Zip 750
  • USB 2.0, Zip 750


With each additional Zip format, Iomega further muddied the waters. It was simple when every Zip disk stored 100 MB and every Zip drive could read and write to it.

Zip 250 drives can read and write both Zip 100 and Zip 250 disks, although they write to Zip 100 disks very slowly. Zip 100 drives automatically eject Zip 250 disks as unreadable.

Zip 750 drives can read Zip 100 disks but not write to them at all. It is fully compatible with Zip 250 disks. Zip 100 and Zip 250 drives will eject a Zip 750 drive as unreadable.

Interestingly, Zip was listed as one of the 25 worst technology products (#15) by PCWorld in 2006 – and one of the 50 best (#23) in 2007!

Iomega was acquired by EMC in June 2008, making it part of the world’s largest storage company. EMC and Lenovo partnered in 2013 to create LenovoEMC, which took over Iomega’s business.

* No, it isn’t a typo. Compleat is a legitimate, albeit archaic, spelling for complete. As Kenneth G. Wilson says in The Columbia Guide to Standard American English: “This obsolete spelling of the adjective complete suggests an air of antiquity that seems to please some of those who name things….” We find that fitting for Low End Mac’s Compleat Guides to “obsolete” hardware and software.

Further Reading

  • Zip Drive, Wikipedia
  • The Iomega Zip Drive FAQ, 1995
  • Iomega Zip Drive 100 Parallel, Centre for Computing History
  • Our Favorite “Forgotten Tech” – from BeOS to Zip Drives, Ars Technica, 2012
  • Using a Zip Drive on a Mac Plus, Michael A. Peters, Jags House, 1998
  • Mac Plus and Zip Drives Revisited, Vintage Mac World, 2007

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Iomega, founded in 1980, was a big name in removable media drives starting with its original 5 and 10 MB Bernoulli Box in 1982. Instead of using hard platters, as SyQuest did, the high capacity Bernoulli system was essentially a big floppy disk that used the Bernoulli Principle to keep drive heads from actually touching the media. Clever stuff!

Bernoulli cartridges are huge, measuring roughly 210 x 275 mm (app. 8.3″ x 10.8″), relatively fast, and were a great way to move big projects between machines or work sites in the days before local networks and the Internet were uncommon.

The later Bernoulli Box II used a smaller cartridge, and the drive mechanism could fit in a standard half-height 5.25″ drive bay.

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Iomega is most famous for its Zip drive, introduced in late 1994. The disk was thicker and had a slightly larger footprint than a 3.5″ floppy drive, stored 100 MB of data on relatively affordable media, and provided decent throughput. I remember in those days having a 100 MB Zip disk set up with a full Mac OS install plus Norton Utilities and some other trouble-shooting apps. It was a very nice solution.

One popular use of Zip was with a Mac Plus because it let you run completely silent except during disk access.

Iomega later added 250 MB and 750 MB Zip drives and disks, followed by is Jaz drive, which used hard drive platters, provided higher throughput, and came in 1 GB and later 2 GB capacities.

As 100 MB became less useful over time, and because higher capacity Zip disks never caught on because they required new drive mechanisms, Iomega became a less and less important player in the storage industry. Adding a CD-RW drive to its line didn’t help since CD-RW was commonly being installed in PCs from the factory or easily added by tech types.

Iomega Hard Drives

That is the background, and in 2002 Iomega began selling external hard drives. However, Iomega was never a big player after the demise of Zip drives and disks, and the company was acquired by Lenovo in 2008.

The Iomega Mac Companion Hard Drive was actually a well-conceived product that should have had a broad market. The enclosure was designed to fit perfectly on the foot of the iMac (G5 models and later), sitting below the computer itself, and essentially using no desktop space since the iMac’s foot was already occupying that space.

WARNING: I have received feedback from one user who says that it is not bootable with a PowerPC Mac. The same drive mechanism worked just fine in another enclosure, so PowerPC users, beware.

Iomega Mac Companion Drive Enclosure

Styled in aluminum and black, it looks perfect with aluminum iMacs – except for one tiny detail that its designers didn’t take into consideration. While the enclosure fits beautifully on the iMac’s foot, it has one really stupid design flaw: When you connect the power supply and attach a cable to use it with USB 2.0, FireWire 400, or FireWire 800 (all cables are included with the drive, although the FireWire 800 connector is plastic and not a tight fit), it no longer fits on the iMac’s foot.

Yeah, you either have to move the drive forward or, if you’re using FireWire, you can slide it about 1″ to the left. Suddenly that beautiful design looks a bit awkward.

Odd Design, Great Deal

Fortunately, that inventory of unused Mac Companion cases was picked up by someone and is now available at a very reasonable $6.99 plus shipping on eBay. For an enclosure that works with a 3.5″ SATA hard drive and includes FireWire 800, FireWire 400, and USB support, that’s a steal. Needing a new backup system after my 3 TB Seagate drive died a couple years ago, I finally decided that this was the perfect time to start using Time Machine again.

In addition to the Mac Companion enclosures, I found a nice $49.99 deal on Amazon.com for a 2 TB* enterprise Hitachi Ultrastar HUA723020ALA640 2 TB, 64 MB buffer, 7200 RPM 3.5″ SATA 6.0 Gb/s hard drive. I bought two drives, and now have one Mac Companion Drive on my 2010 iMac, another on the 2008 iMac. Using Time Machine over my home network, my 2007 Mac mini and 2008 Aluminum MacBook can also be backed up to these drives. Not bad for a $130 investment, and I have a spare enclosure just because they were such a great deal.

Because the enclosure was never intended for sale without a drive installed, it doesn’t come with instructions for adding a hard drive. There is a wonderful step-by-step tutorial online, and after assembling the first one, the second one was a breeze.

Backup, Backup, Backup

I have a two-pronged backup strategy: I use SuperDuper! to create bootable mirror image backups of the partitions on my iMacs (Carbon Copy Cloner can do the same thing, but I have been a licensed SuperDuper! user for ages), so I create enough partitions, each of an appropriate size, on the Mac Companion and have bootable drives just in case the internal drive ever fails. And I have one additional partition that is used by Time Machine to store backups of each iMac as well as the MacBook. (Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard doesn’t support multiple Time Machine destinations, so the Mac mini is only backed up to one of the two backup drives.)

One Odd Feature

This enclosure has one very unusual feature. You can only connect using FireWire 800 or USB 2.0, but never both (this is clearly spelled out in one online review). If you use USB, you can charge your iPhone or iPod. But if you use FireWire, there’s a USB port on the side that will provide the 2.1A needed to charge an iPad. It won’t process data, but it is a clever (and highly unusual) feature.


It works. It cost $7 plus shipping. It should work with higher capacity SATA hard drives, although any capacity limitations are not published anywhere. It is the cheapest FireWire 400 or FireWire 800 enclosure I know of. It works with good old USB 2.0 and provides three powered USB ports if you don’t use FireWire.

Oh, and it’s just $7 before shipping. The cables alone are worth the price. Ignore the fact that it doesn’t really fit on the iMac’s foot and makes you choose between USB 2.0 and FireWire 400/800. It’s a steal.

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