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Quantum Fireball CR
The Fireball CR replaced the older Fireball EX. The main difference was Ultra ATA-66 interface support. Although the platter capacity was up again, performance was almost identical to the older drives.
However, unlike the EX series, the Fireball CRs came in a more orthodox set of sizes. On the whole, this was an advantage as the odd-ball sizes of the old EX made them difficult to fit into a model range. PC manufacturers generally prefer to have at least one close alternative model available to cover supply shortages asnd provide downwards pricing pressure.
As a matter of detail, here at Red Hill the only unusual size drives we sold in any numbers worth talking about were the 3.6GB IBM Deskstar 4 and this 5.1GB Western Digital. Both had stop-start sales careers, selling like crazy when they were the same price as the next orthodox size down (because no-one can resist a bargain) but hardly moving at all when they were priced any higher (because if you are going to pay a little extra for a bigger drive, why not go for the next full size up?)
|Data rate||190 Mbit/sec||Spin rate||5400 RPM|
|CR 4.3||4.3GB||2 MR heads|
|CR 6.4||6.4GB||3 MR heads||*|
|CR 8.4||8.4GB||4 MR heads|
|CR 12.7||12.7GB||6 MR heads|