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Following the discovery that the consumer will sacrifice hard drive speeds for cash, Quantum is adding another low-budget, low-speed drive to its Fireball family.

The Fireball lct20 follows the fairly recent addition of the Fireball lct15. Where the lct15 has 30GB of storage, the lct20 has 20GB per platter, and runs slightly faster at 4500rpm rather than 4400rpm.

The company has published a white paper where it announces its discovery that what Joe and Joanna Public really want from a hard drive is reliability, not too much noise and low ownership costs.

The lct20 generates a mouse-like 27 decibels when running on idle - that is the equivalent of a person whispering, and is still under 30 decibels when working flat out.

Recommended retail price is $259. Initial OEM shipments of the 3.5in drive are scheduled to begin in August. The drive is available in optimum capacities of 10GB, 20GB, 30GB and 40GB.

The drive is scheduled for European launch on Monday. ®

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