By Shizhao - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/?curid=11083536n. (also zip disc)a removable magnetic storage medium introduced by Iomega in 1994Finn 2011, 6ZIP disk – obsolete form of magnetic storage media similar in construction to a floppy disk, but with a much higher storage capacity. Information on ZIP disks should be migrated to a more accessible format if possible.Wilsey et al. 2013, 2This case study will document the strategies and workflows employed by the project team to capture and process the born-digital component of the STOP AIDS Project records. We will describe the successes, challenges and roadblocks encountered while forensically imaging 3.5 inch floppy disks, Zip disks, and CDs using Forensic Toolkit (FTK) Imager software. We will then outline our approach to processing nearly 30,000 unique digital files captured from the computer media using AccessData Forensic Toolkit (FTK) software, discuss our current delivery strategy, and offer some concluding thoughts.Olsen 2013External USB 250MB Zip Drive ¶ These units are available both new and used. We recommend the 250MB model as it is backwards compatible with the 100MB Zip disks.Burgess 2017Our digital preservation colleagues at Archives New Zealand kindly provided us with some Zip Disks to test the Zip Drive, but this unfortunately failed. We will now consider whether we should try and source a working one, repair the existing one or look at other options.Kim and Irwin 2021, 369The inventory even noted which [architectural] drawings were born-digital and if they were stored on floppy disks and zip disks.
The appeal of the zip disk was its greater storage capacity than earlier floppy disks and a hard shell that made it less vulnerable to damage, but it was obsolete when cheaper, higher capacity removable media became available. Zip disks, measuring 4 x 4 x 0.25 inches, were originally available in three capacities: 100 MB (released in 1994), 250 MB (released in 1999), and 750 MB (released in 2002).