Tagged: SyQuest

SyQuest 5.25-inch (44/88/200MB) (1988 – 1998)

The SyQuest 5.25-inch disks were removable hard-disk cartridges, initially introduced by SyQuest in 1988.

The SQ400 cartridge had a capacity of 44 MB, and the SQ800 (released in 1991) had a capacity of 88 MB. Initially, the 88 MB drives could only read and not write to 44 MB disks until a combination drive was introduced. The SQ2000 disk was introduced in 1994 and had a capacity of 200 MB.

The 5.25-inch generation of SyQuest disks were popular with Apple Macintosh owners, and used to transfer and backup large amounts of data by graphic artists, musicians and engineers.

By 1993, SyQuest had begun releasing smaller 3.5-inch form factor disks. These were popular, but because of the huge installed base of the SyQuest 5.25-inch drives, the 3.5-inch cartridges were not as successful as them.

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SyQuest EZ135 (1995-1996)

EZ135 was a removable hard disk cartridge introduced by SyQuest in 1995.

The EZ135 had a capacity of 135 MB, and was marketed as a competitor to the Zip disk, with a higher capacity and speed.

The drive was not backward-compatible with prior SyQuest products, and it was superseded by the EZFlyer with a capacity of 230 MB just a year later.

SyQuest 3.5-inch (105/270MB) (1993 – 1998)

The SyQuest 105MB cartridge (SQ310) was introduced in Spring 1993, and was a removable rigid-disc data storage format with a 3.5-inch form factor. Later in the year, a 270 MB version (SQ270) was introduced.

Neither were compatible with previous SyQuest disc formats, nor with the 3.5-inch EZ135 and EZFlyer that followed them. The 270 MB drives can read and write to the 105 MB cartridges.

SyQuest disc were popular in the graphics arts and printing industries with more than a million units sold by 1994, but because of the huge installed base of the SyQuest 5.25-inch drives, the 3.5-inch cartridge formats were not as successful.

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SyQuest SyJet (1996 – 1998)

SyJet (SQ1500) was a removable rigid disk format aimed at home users, and introduced by SyQuest in 1996.

It had a capacity of 1.5 GB, and competed with the Iomega Jaz.

The SyJet was a successor to SyQuest’s 3.5-inch rigid disk formats, but was not compatible with them or with SparQ drives.

Warranty and image issues caused by SparQ and SyJet disks were a major factor in SyQuest’s bankrupcy in 1998.

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SyQuest EZFlyer (1996 – 1998)

EZFlyer was a rigid-disk data storage format introduced by SyQuest in 1996, replacing the EZ135 disk.

The 3.5-inch cartridges were supplied ready formatted for PC or MAC.

It offered capacity of 230 MB, almost twice that of the EZ135, but could also read and write to EZ135 disks.

SyQuest filed for bankruptcy in 1998.

SyQuest SparQ (1997 – 1998)

The SparQ disk was a removable hard-disk format introduced by SyQuest in 1997, with a capacity of 1 GB.

At the time of launch, their price relative to Zip disks made them attractive. However, the drives had serious quality issues, and damaged disks could damage drives, which would then damage subsequent disks placed in them.

Warranty and image issues caused by SparQ and SyJet disks were a major factor in SyQuest’s bankrupcy in 1998.

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