Small businesses that run lots of multimedia programs or work with graphics- or calculation-heavy applications might consider this drive. Available in a variety of capacities up to 300GB, the DiamondMax 10 offers plenty of storage space.
Martin Parry, Maxtor's senior product marketing manager, offered his take on the drive's suitability for small businesses:
"Whether the task is business computing, multimedia applications, or managing Internet-based applications, our new DiamondMax 10 hard drives deliver an unparalleled combination of capacity, speed and reliability."
The DiamondMax 10 features -- and the benefits they offer in the real world -- include:
A Serial -ATA drive connects with a serial cable instead of that wide, flat ribbon that snakes through the PC.
It means better air circulation and less heat build up. It also allows for smaller CPU designs.
- 7200 RPM
RPM refers to the rotational speed of the hard disk. Higher RPMs increase performance.
- 16MB Cache Buffer
Available on 250GB and 300GB capacities. A cache buffer stores frequently used data, making access to that data much faster and thus significantly increasing hard drive performance.
- Native Command Queuing (NCQ)
This technology reorders data so that it's retrieved in a more efficient manner.
A hard drive without NCQ searches for data like a mail man who delivers mail to the house across the street, drives four miles to deliver the next letter, and then returns to deliver your mail.
A drive with NCQ rearranges the search list based on how close the data are.
Pricing and Availability
The DiamondMax 10 with an 8MB buffer is available in 80-, 120-, 160- and 200GB capacities, while the DiamondMax 10 with a 16MB buffer is available in 250- and 300GB capacities.
|Maxtor's DiamondMax 10 SATA drives feature 16MB buffers -- the largest available.|
Maxtor shipped the DiamondMax 10 drives into OEM and reseller channels; the drives are not available in retail stores. As for pricing, the company makes it a policy not to release that information -- way to go, Maxtor. Customer friendly? We think not.
Currently, Buy.com is the only reseller we found that has the DiamondMax 10 in stock. (250GB Serial ATA 150 -- Model number: 6B250S0) They're selling it for $242.99.
Other resellers should be stocking the drives soon, but don't be surprised if you can't find any right away -- Maxtor is notoriously slow at getting product into the channel.
Check with your local resellers for their pricing and availability. You'll also find a list of resellers who carry Maxtor products on the company site.
Lauren Simonds is the managing editor of SmallBusinessComputing.com
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