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Recently we had the chance to visit one of Australia's largest computer exhibitions, ITExpo. Unfortunately, being located in Australia means that our computer exhibitions don't get visited by the likes of Bill Gates or Craig Barret, and many of the products displayed are not ground breakingly new. Nevertheless, it is usually a great day out and there are always one or two surprises. Join Asher "Acid" Moses as he determines if ITExpo has got what it takes to compete with the likes of Taiwan's Computex and USA's COMDEX.

| Trade Shows | Posted: Mar 8, 2002 5:00 am

- Maxtor

 

 

Maxtor has been a leading manufacturer of hard disk drives and other storage solutions for some time now. In April 2001, they merged with Quantum and have since made quite a name for themselves in the storage industry. They were the first and are currently one of the only manufacturers to market hard drives based on the new ATA133 standard. This year, Maxtor were focusing on their hard drives more than anything else, especially their new external hard drive products.

 

The drive pictured below is Maxtor's new Atlas 10K III Ultra320 SCSI drive with capacities of up to 73.4GB and a rotation speed of 10,000RPM. It has a 4.5ms seek time and an internal transfer speed of 622Mb/sec. As you can see, this is by no means a sluggish drive, however, it is mainly directed at enterprise and workstation users.

 

 

Another drive that caught my eye was the D740X, which is an ATA133 hard drive that has capacitites of up to 80GB. It also has an average seek time of 8.5ms and is ideal for use as a high-performance desktop drive. Being one of the only ATA133 drives available at this time, if you are looking at stepping up to ATA133 in the near future, you are bound to come across the D740X.

 

 

The drive pictured below is Maxtor's low-end desktop ATA133 model, the D540X. It has a rotation speed of 5400RPM and features capacities of up to 160GB. Keep in mind that if you want maximum performance, it is not wise to purchase anything less than 7200RPM. However, if you are looking for high capacities, you will find that drives with a slower rotational speed usually have a higher capacity because there is less chance of an error occuring when reading high density platters.

 

 

The next picture shows a few other new products from Maxtor. At the top of the display you will notice Maxtor's "DV Production kit". This kit allows you to easily transfer files from your Digital Video camera to your PC and then edit them as you wish. The package includes a two-port firewire card, ShowBiz video editing software, PhotoBase multimedia management software and a firewire cable that hooks up to your camera. Maxtor also produce and sell firewire and USB 2.0 cards separately, as you can see in the picture below. Also on display were Maxtor's new external USB and Firewire hard drives. The 3000LE is a USB drive with capacities of up to 120GB, while the 3000XT is a firewire drive that can hold up to 160GB of data. These are ideal for people who like to move their hard drives around often and don't want to have to delve into their case with a screwdriver each time.

 

 

To display the performance of their 3000XT 160GB external hard drive, Maxtor had a PC set up at their stand that was playing the movie "Coyote Ugly". I'm assuming that this run was straight off the hard drive, as playing it from a DVD player wouldn't do much besides demonstrate the speed of their DVD player and their PC's DVD playback abilities.

 

 

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