hard drive history

size still matters: is there ever enough?

IBM Deskstar 4

IBM Deskstar 5 Family

Another big, fast IBM drive, full of high-tech. There were two versions, 4.3 and 6.4GB. Both were big sellers in their time.

Like most IBM drives, these were aimed towards the higher end of the market: IBM rarely bothered making small, cheap little drives. These provided good value for money, but they were big, fast drives that sold to people buying high-spec systems. The Deskstar 5 faded quietly away around December '97, outclassed by newer models.

Reluctantly, I have pretty much given up hope of seeing one come back into the workshop, so we may never see a picture for this entry — the drive illustrated is a Deskstar 4.

Data rate119.5 Mbit/secSpin rate5400 RPM
Seek time9.5msBuffer476k
Platter capacity2.16GBInterfacemode 4
Read channelPRMLHead technologyMR
DHEA-343304.32GB4 heads***
DHEA-364806.48GB6 heads***