Instead, Iomega"s 20-gigabyte Portable drive offers 80 times the storage capacity of the highest-capacity Zip. One gigabyte is equal to 1,000 megabytes.
The new high-capacity drives are intended for consumers using photo, video, audio and engineering software, as well as other applications producing large sets of data, according to Recob - basically, those consumers who "deal in gigabytes, not megabytes."
"It"s really geared toward a different market than Zip," he said. "There"s different applications. There are a lot of software applications out there today, that are pretty good memory hogs."
With transfer rates of up to 21 megabytes per second, the drives come with the company"s QuikSync software, which automates backup filing and retrieves data lost accidentally.
The drives start at a suggested list price of $199.