SyQuest SparQ drive
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The SparQ drive is a removable-disk hard drive made by SyQuest Technology. It was introduced in 1997. The drive was available as an internal version or external version. The internal version utilized an IDE interface, and the external version used a parallel port. The disk can store 1 GB of data. As a removable-disk hard drive, it contains a solid hard disk platter on which the data is stored.
When the SparQ drive was launched, it was primarily noted for its relatively low price. Compared to the Zip drive whose 100 MB disk could cost US$22, a 1 GB SparQ disk could cost US$39 — slightly less than twice the cost for ten times the storage capacity.
Just a few months after the launch, users began to complain that the drives had serious quality issues, causing them to break. The damage to its public image and warranty obligations of SyQuest were major factors behind the company's bankruptcy.
After its bankruptcy, SyQuest kept its rights to make and sell the drive, which it continued to sell directly to consumers via its website. The price increased compared to when the drive was launched, so it was primarily for businesses that still relied on the drive and people who wanted to read old SparQ disks. By October 2008, the website was no longer active.
The SparQ was noteworthy for a serious failure mode which damages SparQ disks in a way that caused them to damage subsequent SparQ drives in which they were placed. Simply putting a broken disk in a SparQ drive will cause the drive to break any new disks placed in that drive. These (broken) disks could break additional drives, breaking most of the drives in an office in short order.
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