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Western Digital Breaks a Record: WD2000JB with 200 GB

Maxtor

Maxtor seems to strive for making even larger steps: the DiamondMax family will be extended with two new drive series, each with two types of drives, as well as 80 GB per platter and capacities of up to 160 GB and 320 GB, respectively. The DiamondMax Plus 9 runs at 7200 rpm, and the DiamondMax 16 makes do with 5400 rpm.

Maxtor DiamondMax Plus 9
Capacities60, 80, 120, 160 GB
Data Density80 GB per platter
Seek Time< 9 ms
Rotation Speed7200 rpm
Cache2 MB or 8 MB
Maxtor DiamondMax 16
Capacities60, 80, 120, 160 GB
Data Density80 GB per platter
Seek Time< 11 ms
Rotation Speed5400 rpm
Cache2 MB

By contrast, MaXLine II is supposed to offer capacities of up to 320 GB, but only at 5400 rpm. Drives with 7200 rpm are supposed to provide a maximum of 250 GB. The MaXLine family is primarily targeted at demanding users who place high importance on considerably reduced probability for drive failure (MTBF up to 1 million hours). This would then allow IDE drives to be used in the mid-range server sector.

Maxtor MaXLine II*
Capacities250, 320 GB
Data Density80 GB per platter
Seek Time< 10 ms
Rotation Speed5400 rpm
Cache2 MB
Maxtor MaXLine Plus II*
Capacities200, 250 GB
Data Density80 GB per platter
Seek Time< 9.1 ms
Rotation Speed7200 rpm
Cache8 MB

* designed for continuous operation

In addition, all new models should also be available with a Serial-ATA interface.