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Maxtor Expands Portfolio To Include 500gb Hard Drives For Enterprise, Consumer And Desktop Markets

Maxtor Corporation announced today that it is shipping its next-generation RoHS-compliant SATA II and ATA/133 MaXLine (enterprise applications), QuickView (consumer electronics DVRs and PVRs) and DiamondMax (desktop) brand hard drives with a capacity point up to 500GB this quarter.

The new 7200 RPM MaXLine Pro 500, QuickView 500 and DiamondMax 11 drives also provide a 16MB buffer and are available with 3.0Gb SATA II features including native command queuing (NCQ), staggered spin-up, hot-plug and asynchronous signal recovery.

The MaXLine Pro 500 is designed specifically for use in multi-drive environments and storage arrays. These drives must pass Maxtor's premium test process and are designed to the enterprise standard of 1 million hour mean time to failure (MTTF) at a medium I/O duty cycle. Maxtor MaXLine Pro 500 drives include the following:

  • Rotational Vibration Compensation - enables the drive to withstand higher rotational vibration (25 rads/sec2) from adjacent drives, minimizing performance degradation caused by excessive vibration in multi-drive environments.
  • Accelerated Error Recovery completes commands within 15 seconds, without reduced data integrity, making it ideal for RAID applications.
  • Expanded Drive Self Test - performs a series of tests to help eliminate false failures and validate good drives.

The Maxtor QuickView 500 is optimized for high-definition multi-stream digital video recorders, set-top boxes and DVD/HDD combo devices. As part of Maxtor's drive testing process, QuickView hard drives complete an advanced reliability test to simulate operating environments including temperature and duty cycle profiling. Maxtor QuickView drives support the latest ATA 7 streaming commands.

In capacities of 400GB and 500GB, DiamondMax 11 drives are designed for today's home and office PCs and applications such as desktop business computing, publishing systems, and multimedia and gaming systems. SATA II features allow users quicker access to data and faster system performance, especially for multi-threaded, dual drive/RAID PC applications. Maxtor DiamondMax 11 drives support Native Command Queuing.

Maxtor MaXLine Pro 500, Maxtor QuickView 500 and Maxtor DiamondMax 11 are shipping this quarter. Maxtor's 500GB hard drive will also be shipping in Ultra16 retail upgrade kits this quarter. Maxtor's Ultra16 Hard Drive Kit includes an installation guide with step-by-step instructions, a SATA or PATA cable and mounting screws. The kit also includes Maxtor's MaxBlast installation software, which partitions and formats the drive for use, and helps copy files from the old hard drive to the new Maxtor drive.

Manufacturer's suggested retail price for Maxtor 500GB Ultra16 kit is $349.95.

Source: Maxtor Corporation

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