Photo: Red Hill.
Quantum Fireball Plus KA
Oddly enough, Quantum was the last of the major makers to produce a 7200 RPM IDE drive.
Though Quantum took a long time getting to 7200 RPM, when the Firebal Plus finally arrived in mid-1999 it proved well worth the wait: by a narrow margin from the Expert/GXP twins, it was the the fastest IDE drive of all.
Here at Red Hill we sold the Western Digital Expert and, a little later, Seagate's Barracuda ATA so we had no requirement for the Fireball Plus and never sold it as a new drive, but in the wider market, Quantum had a good deal of success with this model.
(Surely Quantum's marketing department could have thought of a better name than "Fireball Plus" though — Quantum used to be pretty good at this sort of thing once.)
|Data rate||235 Mbit/sec||Spin rate||7200 RPM|
|KA 6.1||6.1GB||3 MR heads|
|KA 9.4||9.4GB||4 MR heads|
|KA 13.2||13.2GB||6 MR heads|
|KA 18.2||18.2GB||8 MR heads|