Maxtor ships new Ultra ATA/133 drives

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Maxtor, which makes hard disk drives and storage solutions, says its 40 GB per platter DiamondMax Plus D740X, a 7200-RPM desktop hard drive with Fast Drive Ultra ATA/133 technology, is now shipping in volume.

Maxtor has also announced what it describes as the world's highest capacity ATA hard drive: the new DiamondMax D540X, a 5400-RPM hard drive that offers 160GB capacity and the latest Ultra ATA/133 interface technology. Offered in capacities up to 80GB, the DiamondMax Plus D740X is a 7200-RPM hard drive targeting commercial business users and consumer users. The 40GB per platter D740X design offers the option of either a traditional ball bearing motor or a quieter fluid dynamic bearing (FDB) motor of Maxtor's Quiet Drive Technology (QDT) Plus. The DiamondMax Plus D740X is the third generation of FDB motors from the company.

"We have surpassed the 137GB capacity barrier and have increased data transfer speeds with Ultra ATA/133 technology as promised," said Mike Cordano, Maxtor's executive vice president of worldwide marketing and sales.

The DiamondMax D540X is the latest offering in Maxtor's DiamondMax D540X line of 5400 RPM, 40GB per platter hard drives now available in one to four platter designs. At its peak capacity, the D540X can hold 160 hours of compressed digital video ideal for post-production houses and render it "seamlessly" with the new UltraATA/133 interface, Cordano said. The DiamondMax D540X is also well suited for network attached storage applications, he added. It will be integrated into Maxtor's new enterprise-class file server, the MaxAttach NAS 6000.

The Maxtor DiamondMax Plus D740X is immediately available at an estimated manufacturer's suggested retail price of US$249.95. The DiamondMax D540X is due early next month and will sport a price tag of $399.95.

For more info on the Ultra ATA/133 hard drive interface specification, see MacCentral's July 31 report.

This story, "Maxtor ships new Ultra ATA/133 drives" was originally published by PCWorld.

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