Maxtor intros monster drives

Maxtor this week began volume shipments of a very big, very fast hard drive (HDD) and announced a even bigger, and even faster HDD, supposedly the biggest and fastest the world has ever seen.

Shipping is the 80GB DiamondMax Plus D740X, the first 7200-RPM desktop hard drive with the new Ultra ATA/133 interface. This represents a 10 per cent performance improvement on the next biggest DiamondMax, Maxtor says. The model is aimed at mainstream business and consumer sectors and carries a suggested retail price of $249.95.

Announced is the DiamondMax D540X, the world's highest capacity ATA hard drive, according to Maxtor. The beast spins at 5400-RPM, delivers 160GB capacity through its four 40GB platters, and through use of the Ultra ATA/133 interface, transfers data very fast indeed. It's aimed at the enterprise storage market.

The HDD will ship early October, carrying a recommended retail price of $399.95. Maxtor will integrate The DiamondMax D540X into a "new enterprise-class file server" called the MaxAttach NAS 6000.

News source: theregister.co.uk

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