Maxtor Intros 80G-byte Hard Drive

STOCKHOLM (07/17/2000) - Maxtor Corp. Monday introduced three new hard drives, including an 80G-byte addition to its DiamondMax series, billed by the storage vendor as the industry's highest-capacity hard drive to date.

The 5,400-rpm (rotations per minute) DiamondMax 80 drive features four 3.5-inch platters capable of storing 20G bytes of data each. Supporting the emerging high-speed Ultra ATA/100 interface, the IDE (integrated drive electronics) drive is capable of transferring data at up to 100M bytes per second, Maxtor said in a statement.

Although mainly targeted at PC users looking for a high-capacity drive with fast transfer rates, Maxtor said it is also suitable for use in consumer electronics applications as well as network-attached storage systems.

Major system vendors will later this month start evaluating the drive, which will be available in volume by August, as will the other two drives the company introduced Monday, the DiamondMax VL 40 and the Plus 45 models, Maxtor said.

Pricing information was not available.

DiamondMax Plus 45 is a three-platter, 7,200-rpm drive family, with a storage capacity of 15G bytes per platter, featuring the Ultra ATA/100 interface.

The DiamondMax VL 40, meanwhile, is a 5,400-rpm value drive targeted at entry-level PCs, Maxtor said. Capable of storing up to 40G bytes of data, the drive also features the Ultra ATA/100 interface.

Maxtor, in Milpitas, California, can be reached at +1-408-432-1700 or via the Web at

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