Drive maker Maxtor has released its DiamondMax 4320 series of hard disk drives that include the seventh generation of its magneto-resistive (MR) head technology.
According to Maxtor, it is one of the first 4.3GB-per-disk hard drives to ship in volume and, when manufactured with four disks and eight heads, has a 17.2GB capacity - a new benchmark for 3.5in drives.
The drives are available with capacities from 4.3GB through to 17.2GB depending on whether they are built with one, two, three or four disks and anything from two to eight heads.
"All these capacity points are in volume production," Phillip Adams, director of Australian operations for Maxtor Disc Drives, said. "There will, how-ever, be some difficulty getting supply later in the year at the current market sweet spot.
"Because we use the same components throughout the range of drives, we can basically go from one disk up to four without major interruptions to production while we can also tweak the motor from 4500rpm to 9200rpm. This means we can cater to all the different size requirements of our various customers and that we have a wider variety of capacity points to offer," he said.
Maxtor drives are distributed by Edge Technology and Servex. Additional technical information is available at the Maxtor Web site (www.maxtor.com).