IBM Deskstar 16GP
Along with the Deskstar 14GXP, these drives introduced Giant Magneto-Resistive heads: another of IBM's continuous series of fundamental improvements to head technology. By the turn of the century, GMR heads had become standard in all new drives.
There were no less than seven individual drives in the Deskstar 16XP family, ranging from a single-platter 3.2GB unit to a five disc 16.8GB monster.
Through much of their market life the 16XPs (of all sizes) were rather overpriced, and sold slowly. (This left us wondering what IBM's actual aim was with these drives: If it was to sell in volume, why not offer them at a sensible price more consistently? And if volume was not the aim, why sometimes (with other drives) offerer such outstanding value? As always, IBM's marketing department was unfathomable.)
|Data rate||161.9 Mbit/sec||Spin rate||5400 RPM|
|DTTA-350324||3.2GB||2 GMR heads|
|DTTA-350430||4.3GB||3 GMR heads|
|DTTA-350640||6.4GB||4 GMR heads||*|
|DTTA-350840||8.4GB||5 GMR heads||*|
|DTTA-351010||10.1GB||6 GMR heads|
|DTTA-351290||12.9GB||8 GMR heads|
|DTTA-351680||16.8GB||10 GMR heads|