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IBM Debuts World's Highest Capacity Hard Drive

IBM today introduced the world's highest capacity hard drive, the Ultrastar 72ZX. The drive, which runs at 10,000 RPM, has 73 gigabytes of storage space, roughly the capacity of a floor of books at the New York Public Library. The drive is part of IBM's new family of high-capacity, high-speed server hard drives.

Included in the drive is a new IBM technology called Active Damping, which protects against temperature changes and vibration, both of which have significant effects on drive performance. The Ultrastar also supports both a 1-gigabyte and a 2-gigabyte fiber channel interface, further enhancing performance. In addition, the drive features enhanced interface support, including a version of the Ultra160 SCSI interface called Ultra160+, as well as standard server hard drive technologies including power save and standby modes; glass disk platters; the load/unload mechanism; giant magnetoresistive (GMR) recording heads; and Drive Temperature Indicator Processor technology, or Drive-TIP. The Ultrastar 72ZX will ship in the first quarter of 2000.

Contact IBM, (888) 426-5214, www.ibm.com.

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