Maxtor packs 8.4GB on E-IDE drives

Maxtor`s DiamondMax 2160 3.5-inch Enhanced IDE disk drives stores 2.1GB per platter, or a total of up to 8.4GB in a desktop drive. The drives include UltraDMA compatibility, which (compared to PIO Mode 4) doubles data transfer rate to/from the interface to 33MBps. Key features include MR heads, PRML read-channel technology, a 9.7msec average seek time, 256K cache buffer, and compliance with the Self-Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Technology (SMART) spec. Estimated retail price is $499. Contact Maxtor at (800) 262-9867,