July 2005
Storage Magazine;Jul2005, Vol. 4 Issue 5, p7
This article reports on the 500 gigabyte (GB) disk drives to be released by Hitachi Global Storage Technologies (HGST), Maxtor and Seagate in 2005. The Deskstar 7K500 from HGST and Seagate's Barracuda 7200.9 500GB drives are based on the Serial Advanced Technology Attachment-II (SATA-II) specification, which features data rates of 3GB-per second. Maxtor claims some of its 500GB drives will be SATA-II compliant, although some will still ship with the parallel ATA 133 interface. In terms of applications, the sky is the limit for 500GB drives. Maxtor, for one, is introducing five distinct products based on the 500GB platform: the consumer electronics-oriented QuickView for DVR-type applications; Maxtor Shared Storage for adding capacity to home networks; MaXLine for enterprise applications; DiamondMax for the desktop; and the OneTouch external backup drive.


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