A shipping version of the 80GB model provided an impressive amount of storage space. For example, I found I could squeeze in about 20,000 four-minute, 128-bit-rate MP3 files. In tests using a 128MB PIII-700 system, I discovered that transferring a single 100MB image file (8.59MBps) went quickly. Transfer speeds were much slower (about 1.7MBps), however, for a folder stuffed with 100MB of smaller files.
The IEEE 1394 interface lets you attach the hard disk to your PC or Mac without rebooting, making the Maxtor an excellent choice for resource sharing among multiple PCs. And this 5400-rpm drive is small - 41mm x 152mm x 218mm.
The catch: few PCs currently in-clude an IEEE 1394 port, so most users will have to install a 1394 PCI adapter card. At press time, Maxtor offered such a card for $129.
Maxtor's use of slower 5400-rpm disks has allowed it to keep costs down, making this drive affordable.
Maxtor 1394 External Storage
Price: 40GB $699, 80GB $899
Phone: (02) 9369 3662