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Quantum Fireball 26GB HDD Review
Quantum Fireball 26GB HDD Review - PCSTATS
A hard disk is a hard disk, right? Well not anymore. The variety of drives on the market can give us a hard time in deciding which one is most suitable for our needs. We are now starting to see hard disk drives going into 15,000rpm rotational speeds and reaching never before achieved storage capacities.
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External Mfg. Website: Quantum Apr 20 2000   P. Masrani  
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Benchmarks: Winbench 99

Threadmark 2.0

Performance under Windows NT (NTFS) / CPU Utilization : 11.52MB/sec | 3.5% Performance under Windows 98 (FAT32) / CPU Utilization : 9.21MB/sec | 8.2%


So far, this has been the fastest drive tested here. The lct line of drives are the newest from Quantum and really push the envelope of hard disks running at 5400 rpm giving us 257Mbits/sec. The lct10 goes beyond that to offer an internal transfer rate of 294Mbits/sec! Though rotational speed is the same as the other CR and CX drive, the Fireball lct sports 8.7GB per platter while the CX delivers 6.8GB per platter.
In effect, increased areal density increases the amount of data retrieved from the drive per rotation. To give a slight boost to performance, the Fireball lct is the first 5400 rpm drive from Quantum to see its access time spec go below 9ms. It is 8.9ms to be exact.

Quantum's Data Protection System

DPS is the brainchild of Quantum Corporation which tests the integrity of a Quantum hard disk drive that supports this feature. For users of Quantum Fireball and Fireball Plus drives manufactured after January 1999, the DPS is available in the drives firmware. For users of older ATA drives, DPS is available as a standalone program available from Quantum's website.

The following has been taken from the Quantum DPS White Paper

How DPS works

DPS performs a Quick Test that exercises the hard drive. In addition, DPS checks every sector in the drives buffer and examines the first 300 megabytes of data stored on the drive, where the operating system and other critical system utilities are typically stored. Within 90 seconds , the Quick Test is complete. The results confirm whether the hard drive is the source of the system failure.

DPS Extended Test

If the DPS Quick Test results find no errors in the first 300 megabytes of data and the system continues to malfunction, the end user can run the DPS Extended Test. This test performs all Quick Test functions, and it also examines all additional data areas to verify whether the hard drive is the source of the problem. The time required for the Extended Test depends on the capacity of the drive, but never exceeds 20 minutes.


Quantum's DPS helps prevent avoidable data loss. By determining whether the drive is the source of a system-level failure, DPS spares users from unnecessarily removing and replacing a perfectly healthy drive. Valuable data is protected and productivity maintained. Systems integrators, distributors, resellers, and OEMs also benefit from reducing their service costs and -- most importantly -- maintaining the goodwill of their customers. Quantums DPS thus provides a comprehensive solution to avoidable data loss for desktop computer users and their suppliers alike.

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Contents of Article: Quantum Fireball
 Pg 1.  Quantum Fireball 26GB HDD Review
 Pg 2.  Test System
 Pg 3.  Benchmarks: SiSoft 99
 Pg 4.  — Benchmarks: Winbench 99
 Pg 5.  HDD Technology
 Pg 6.  Comparison Chart and Conclusion

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