SyQuest Technology, Inc.
SyQuest Technology, Inc. was an early entrant into the hard disk drive market for personal computers. The company was started in 1982 by Syed Iftikar who previously was a founder of Seagate.
For many years SyQuest was the most popular means of transferring large desktop publisher documents such as advertisements to professional printers. SyQuest marketed their products as able to give personal computer users “endless” hard drive space for data-intensive applications like desktop publishing, Internet information management, pre-press, multimedia, audio, video, digital photography, fast backup, data exchange and archiving, along with confidential data security and easy portability for the road.
In 1986 SyQuest announced the SQ555 and its SQ400 associated cartridge, a 44 MB 5¼-inch removable cartridge hard disk drive, using the industry standard 130 mm disk as its medium. Double capacity versions, the SQ5110 and SQ800 were introduced in 1991. This generation of products became the de facto standard in the Apple Macintosh world to store, transfer and backup large amounts of data such as generated by graphic artists, musicians and engineers.
After 1997 SyQuest did not fare well in the market. Their core desktop publishing customers began increasingly to use CD-R media and FTP to transfer files, while Iomega’s Zip drives dominated the small office / home office market. SyQuest filed for bankruptcy in late 1998, and portions of the company were subsequently purchased by Iomega Corp.
SyQuest retained the rights to sell their remaining inventory, on condition of renaming themselves SYQT in order to continue operations. For several subsequent years, a Web site at www.SYQT.com sold disk drives and media, and provided software downloads in support of those products. As of January 22, 2009, that Web site ceased to exist. As of October 8, 2015, SyQuest has a website located at http://www.syquest.com, last updated July 31, 2003, where they currently have drivers for Apple and Windows computers, and contact information for product repair and technical support.