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Maxtor is pushing away at the fat end of the hard disk market, saying its 100GB DiamondMax D536X and 80GB DiamondMax D540X are volume production.

The DiamondMax D540X stacks two double-sided platters to achieve 80GB because Maxtor has managed to bump the data-storage of a two-sided drive platter from 20GB to 40GB.

This announcement comes a week after rival Seagate claimed a world areal density record with its latest U Series hard drive. This holds up to 80GB on two platters - equating to an areal density of 32.6GB per square inch.

Seagate's and Maxtor's 40GB per platter drives spin at 5400rpm, but both reckon 7200rpm is coming shortly.

The 100GB D536X is less technically spiffy than the 80GB drive; it uses three stacked platters. In its press release Maxtor says the 100GB drive "can store 100 hours of compressed digital video or can load up to 25,000 four-minute MP3 files."

The 80GB DiamondMax D540X will retail at around $239.95. The 100GB DiamondMax 536DX drive will have a suggested price of $299.95. Both will be available in July. ®

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