IBM DeskStar: A Short History
The first DeskStar drive was introduced in the early 90's, offered a capacity of 540 MB, and spun at 4500 rpm. It was succeeded by 13 more generations, bringing us to today's 180GXP series. With ever higher performance requirements, the rotation speed was also increased over the following generations, first to 5400 rpm, and later, to 7200 rpm.
In our opinion, one of the most notable DeskStar models was the 1.7 GB DJAA-31700. It offered a very attractive price/ capacity ratio for its time. Another extraordinary model was the DTTA, which followed a few years later and was one of the first 7200 rpm drives available.
The DeskStar 75GXP finally combined both outstanding performance and high capacity.
You can find a full listing of all IBM DeskStar drives on IBM's website at
|Processor||Intel Pentium 4, 2.0 GHz256 kB L2-Cache (Willamette)|
|Motherboard||Intel D845EBT, 845E Chipset|
|RAM||256 MB DDR/ PC2100, CL2, Infineon|
|IDE Controller||i845E UltraDMA/ 100-Controller (ICH4)|
|Graphics Card||NVIDIA GeForce2 MX 400|
|NIC||3COM 905TX PCI 100 MBit|
|OS||Windows XP Pro 5.10.2600Service Pack 1|
|Benchmarks and Tests|
|Office Applications||ZD WinBench 99 - Business Disk Winmark 1.2|
|High-End Applications||ZD WinBench 99 - Highend Disk Winmark 1.2|
|Disk PerformanceTest||HD Tach 2.61,PC Mark 2002 (HD Test)|
|I/ O-Performance||Intel I/ O-Meter|
|Drivers and Settings|
|Graphics Driver||NVIDIA reference driver 29.42|
|IDE Driver||Intel Application Accelerator 2.2.2|
|Resolution||1024x768, 16 bit, 85 Hz refresh|