Geekspeak: November 12, 2001

By Francis Chu  |  Posted 2001-11-12 Print this article Print

DiamondMax 'supersizes' capacity

For those who believe bigger is better—and biggest is best—Maxtor shattered the storage capacity barrier in the hard drive market last month by releasing a 160GB hard drive. The biggest drive in Maxtors DiamondMax D540X series, this 3.5-inch behemoth runs at 5,400 rpm, a little slower than the 7,400-rpm, 80GB D740X, but both drives support the Ultra ATA 133 interface for data transfer rates up to 133MB per second.

Although the D540X works with standard 100MB-per-second ATA 100 controllers, I wanted to take advantage of the faster ATA 133 interface, so I installed a $59 Ultra133 TX2 PCI controller card from Promise Technology to attain the higher data transfer rate.

The 160GB D540X is priced at $400, or about 2 cents per megabyte, not a bad investment for graphics workstations or file servers. The 160GB D540X will also be used in Maxtors latest MaxAttach NAS 6000 file servers.


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