Fastest IDE Hard Drive Ever: IBM Deskstar 75GXP

I received a lot of emails from our readers complaining about the missing IBM and Maxtor drives in the recent hard drive reviews at Tom's Hardware Guide. Generally we don't leave out certain products intentionally. If some drives were missing so far, it's simply because they were unavailable to us for different reasons.

First of all I want to apologize that you had to wait until now for us to review IBM hard drives. I'm also expecting to receive the latest Maxtor drives rather soon.

IBM's Deskstar Family

Finally, we received a 30 GByte model of IBM's latest IDE Deskstar series, the 75GXP. The series is called DTLA and follows a tradition which goes back 11 drive generations. IBM launched their Deskstar family with two 540 MByte drives (one IDE, one SCSI) several years ago. Those drives ran at 4500 rpm and came with 96 kBytes cache.

Family name Capacity Interface Cache memory Rotation speed
DSAA 270 to 720 MBytes PIO3 96 kB 4500 rpm
DPEA 540 to 1080 MBytes PIO3 96 kB 5400 rpm
DJAA 1.2 and 1.7 GBytes PIO4 96 kB 4500 rpm
DAQA 2.1 to 3.2 GBytes PIO4 128 kB 5400 rpm
DCAA 3.6 and 4.3 GBytes PIO4 96 kB 5400 rpm
DHEA 4.3 to 8.4 GBytes UltraATA/33 476 kB 5400 rpm
DTTA 16GP 3.2 to 16.8 GBytes UltraATA/33 512 kB 5400 rpm
DTTA 14GXP 10 to 14.4 GBytes UltraATA/33 512 kB 7200 rpm
DJNA 25GP 10 to 25 GBytes UltraATA/33 512 kB or 2048 kB 5400 rpm
DJNA 22GXP 9 to 22 GBytes UltraATA/66 2048 kB 7200 rpm
DPTA 37GP 15 to 37 GBytes UltraATA/66 512 kB or 2048 kB 5400 rpm
DPTA 34GXP 13 to 34 GBytes UltraATA/66 2048 kB 7200 rpm
DTLA 40GV 20 to 40 GBytes UltraATA/100 512 kB 5400 rpm
DTLA 75GXP 15 to 75 GBytes UltraATA/100 2048 kB 7200 rpm

All IBM drives are well known for their excellent reputation regarding performance and reliability.

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