IBM Announces Record-breaking Desktop PC Hard Drives

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San Jose, CA - 15 Jun 1999: . . . IBM today announced two new hard drive product families, including the world's highest capacity hard disk drive for desktop PCs.

The highest capacity drive in the family, the 5,400 rpm Deskstar 37GP 37-gigabyte (GB) model can hold either seven full-length feature films, the text on a stack of paper four times higher than the World Trade Center in New York City, or all of the music on 740 CDs in MP3 format, turning a PC into a state-of-the-art jukebox.

Also being announced today is the 7,200 rpm, 34 GB Deskstar 34GXP, one of the world's highest performance desktop PC hard drives. Both new drives feature Drive Fitness Technology, IBM's new and exclusive set of diagnostic tools.

"These products clearly demonstrate our hard drive technology leadership and our ability to deliver the ultimate storage solution to our customers," said Greg Puhalla, director of IBM's Desktop PC Hard Disk Drive business. "Deskstar has once again set records for capacity and performance that open new application areas for all desktop customers."

Desktop applications are requiring increasingly higher performance and capacity storage solutions to store and retrieve information and digital media content. For example, digital video and audio editing operate best with high-speed hard disk drives. Internet downloads of audio and video files benefit from the largest capacity hard drives. Game players are finding higher performance and a more enjoyable experience when their programs are stored on a hard disk. IBM's high-capacity and performance hard disk drives are ideal for these applications.

The new Deskstar 37GP and 34GXP drives will be shipped to OEMs customers and distributors including Compaq Computer Corporation, Dell Computer Corporation, Gateway, IBM Personal Systems Group and Micron Electronics during the third quarter of this year.

The new IBM drives are the first to incorporate Drive Fitness Technology, a diagnostic solution combining three technologies: Drive Fitness Test (DFT), S.M.A.R.T. Self-Test and Error-Logging. The user can invoke the first two features while the latter runs automatically.

Drive Fitness Technology is designed to give users peace of mind and save them time and money. With it, users can avoid the loss of their data when they send their drives in for replacement when computer problems occur.

S.M.A.R.T. Self-Test is a set of two diagnostic tests built into disk drives -- a short, two-minute test and a longer more in-depth test that scans the entire drive. The tests are designed to determine if the disk drive is fully functional or the source of a system problem.

Error-Logging -- or the tracking of read-write errors -- can be used with either Drive Fitness Test or Self-Test to ensure the user that the drive is operating error-free.

Companies that integrate IBM hard drives in their systems have the option of activating all three of the Drive Fitness technologies or just Self-Test or Drive Fitness Test on their own. The Drive Fitness Test can be downloaded at no charge from the IBM hard disk drive Web site.

The new drives use giant magnetoresistive (GMR) heads, the most advanced recording head in the world. IBM introduced the first GMR hard drive in 1997.

What others are saying about IBM Deskstar hard drives:

"By offering IBM Deskstar hard drives in our award-winning Prosignia desktop PCs, Compaq underscores its commitment of delivering the industry's highest performance, high-capacity hard drives to small and medium-sized business customers," said Lisa Baker, director of product marketing, Commercial Business Unit, Compaq Computer Corporation. "Maintaining the
highest quality, price-performance leadership in our products ensures that our customers receive the level of obsolescence protection that they demand when making important IT purchases."

"Our alliance with a premier technology supplier like IBM allows Dell to be among the first to ship the new 37.5 GB and 34.2 GB drives this summer as we continue providing the latest in desktop storage solutions," said Stephan Godevais, vice president of home and small business products, Dell Computer Corp. "Leading-edge storage solutions that IBM provides are key to the growth of new applications like music downloads from the Internet, video e-mails, digital photography and large multimedia presentations."

"IBM continues to lead the way, offering digital artists the highest-performance, capacity and value in a storage solution. IBM breakthrough technology is a coup for the professional and consumer alike," said Mark Housley, CEO and chairman of Digital Origin, a maker of leading-edge digital video software solutions.

IBM hard drives for desktop and notebook PCs, servers, and hand-held appliances won more than 20 major awards worldwide in 1998. Also in that year, IBM had more U.S. data storage-related patents issued than any other major data storage product manufacturer. The company invented the hard disk drive and shipped the first drive in 1956. For more information about IBM hard drives go to or call 1-888-456-5214.


Deskstar 34GXP
7,200 rpm, 34.2/27.3/20.5/13.6 GB, 2 MB buffer size, 4.17 ms average latency, 284 Mbits/sec maximum media data transfer rate, 9.0 ms average seek time, 10/8/6/4 GMR heads, 5/4/3/2 disk platters, 5.1 billion bits per square inch areal density, ATA-4 w/Ultra ATA/66, 630/630/580/580 grams.

Deskstar 37GP
5,400 rpm, 37.5/30 /22.5/15 GB, 2 MB/2 MB/512 KB/512 KB buffer sizes, 5.56 ms average latency, 248 Mbits/sec maximum media data transfer rate, 9.0 ms average seek time, 10/8/6/4 GMR heads, 5/4/3/2 disk platters, 5.3 billion bits per square inch areal density, ATA-4 with Ultra ATA/66, 630/630/580/580 grams

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