I've been a fan of Quantum's hard disks (well, except the now-defunct Bigfoot series, for perhaps obvious reasons) ever since I got my own PC back in college. It was a Pentium 100 with, among other components, a Quantum Fireball AT, the first generation in the popular Fireball series. It had a full gigabyte of space, which was quite a lot in those days, and served as my main hard disk for most of two years before it became too small to be practical. Since my first Fireball had served me so well, and I wanted a lot of space, the next drive I bought was a 6.4-gigabyte Fireball ST.
At the time, 6.4 gigabytes was the biggest
available IDE drive, and I figured it'd be a long while before I'd fill it up.
But as you might expect, after a similar amount of time, a total of 7.4
gigabytes of storage just wasn't enough. Quantum didn't have a particularly big
drive at that time, so I wound up getting a 22-gigabyte IBM DeskStar 22GXP,
which to this day is still my main drive. But the old 1-gig Fireball AT is still
going strong as the secondary drive in my little server (the former Pentium 100)
and the 6.4-gig Fireball ST is the secondary drive in my main system.
Given the speed and reliability of my two
Fireballs, I was quite eager to take a look at Quantum's newest Fireball drive,
the Fireball Plus LM, which first became available at the beginning of March
2000. The evaluation unit Quantum provided was a 20.5-gig model, but the drive
is also available in 10.2-gig, 15-gig, and 30-gig sizes.