Maxtor Corp. today announced that its Personal Storage 3000DV drive is now shipping in volume. The 3000DV is a FireWire-based external hard disk drive that provides 60GB of capacity to users of IEEE-1394-equipped PCs and Macs. Maxtor said the drive is ideal for performance-dependent uses like games and digital audio and video. The drive operates at 7200 RPM.
Maxtor indicated that the 3000DV operates at more than 56 percent faster than the company’s previous generation of external storage products. The drive can transfer data at up to 28 MB/s sustained. The design is stackable, as well, so if 60GB proves not to be enough, users can drop another 3000DV on top for a clean, vertical installation.
To give potential buyers a practical idea of the storage capacity of the 60GB 3000DV, Maxtor provided some examples of how many files can be stored: 15,000 4-minute MP3 audio files; 6,000 high-resolution digital photos (at 3.3 Mpixels each); 60 hours of compressed digital video or 4.5 hours of uncompressed digital video; or 1,500 computer games (each occupying 400MB of disk space).
Maxtor senior VP Tex Schenkkan said that high-performance personal storage needs are on the rise, thanks to the popularity of digital video and gaming.
“As a result, we have developed our new Personal Storage device as an easy way to add storage that is fast enough to keep up with users’ computing needs,” said Schenkkan.
The Personal Storage 3000DV is available immediately through resellers and will be available through
MaxtorDirect.com as well. The drive is priced at US$379.95.