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Maxtor Corp. on Monday announced that it had begun shipping its Maxtor SATA Ultra16 hard drive kits.

The 250GB and 300GB kits are available from most retailers for $239.95 and $279.95, respectively. Parallel ATA Ultra16 hard drive kits will be available in the fourth quarter, according to the company.

The drives themselves contain a 16MB buffer and spin at 7,200 rpm. Each offers a 150M-bps interface speed and SATA II features including Native Command Queuing for more intelligent
hard drive operation, and runs quietly with a fluid dynamic bearing motor, Maxtor officials said.

The drive kits do not include a SATA card but include mounting brackets and the Maxtor MaxBlast software.


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