September 28, 2008

SyQuest EZFlyer

SyQuest EZFlyer

It’s amazing what you can find when you dig through some old closets. Someone at work dropped this onto my desk last week, a three-pack of SyQuest EZFlyer discs. SyQuest was one of the many “removable storage” solutions that popped up during the 80s and 90s, trying to solve the problem that sometimes you needed to sneakernet more data than what a floppy disk could hold. They had sold removable hard drives during the 80s, but in the 90s started to catch the wave of small disks, that were close in size to floppies but could hold a lot more data. This was about the same time the Iomega ZIP came out, as well as the LS120 “SuperDisk” that was backwards-compatible with 3.5″ floppies.

SyQuest EZFlyer

SyQuest never caught on the way ZIP did, and always trailed in the market. That didn’t stop them from trying to launch a lot of products, and in the space of a few short years they released the EZ135, the EZFlyer, the SyJet and the SparQ. All with increasing amounts of storage, but all ultimately forgotten. SparQ in particular had a nasty bug where a bad drive would damage a disk, then that disk would damage any other drive it was placed in. This could cause a chain where every SparQ drive in an office could be destroyed in a matter of hours. So that technology became obsolete faster than most.

SyQuest EZFlyer

It was around this same time that recordable CDs first hit big, and the price of a complex cartridge with moving parts and spinning disks could never drop at low as that of a piece of plastic. Disks gave way to discs. Then along came recordable DVDs, pushing capacity to new records, and now flash thumb drives have almost completely replaced disks entirely in this space.

SyQuest EZFlyer

SyQuest declared bankruptcy in 1998 and was bought by Iomega. All the SyQuest drives we had in the office broke soon after, and were thrown in the trash. But someone held onto these disks in a dusty part of their office until 10 years later, and then anonymously handed them off to me. These disks were PC formatted, and held 230 megabytes. They came wih McAfee Web Scan 2.0 and Folio Web Retriever 2.1.

SyQuest EZFlyer

SyQuest EZFlyer

SyQuest EZFlyer

SyQuest EZFlyer

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  1. mike says:

    Ive got a working drive in my garage I’m about to toss. If for some odd reason you want it, let me know. Send me money for shipping and its yours.

    Posted December 5, 2008 @ 7:40 am

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