Iomega revamps Zip drive

Iomega has unveiled a smaller, sleeker, and more portable member of its 250MB Zip drive family at Melbourne's PC IT 99 Exhibition this week.

The new drive, scheduled to be available in the fourth quarter this year, comes in a USB (universal serial bus) external version, joining the SCSI external and USB internal models.

The translucent blue drive will sell for $399 and features a smaller, sleeker and more portable design.

Iomega is also offering extended operating system support with the Zip 250 USB. Prior versions worked only with Windows 98 and the Mac, but company representatives say the new drive also works with Windows 95 OSR 2 or later, as well as with Windows NT 4. However, Windows NT doesn't support hot-swappable Plug and Play with the unit.

The Zip 250 USB ships with a single 250MB disk. Additional disks are available in packs of 10 at a cost of $379. Like other Iomega Zip 250 drives, the Zip 250 USB can read and write 100MB or 250MB Zip disks.

Software shipped with the drive includes QuikSync for backing up files, RecordIt for recording and playing audio files, and IomegaWare 2.1, a suite of utilities and drivers.

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