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New Maxtor hard drive targets HD-capable DVRs

Mon, 10/24/2005 - 8:00pm
Jeff Baumgartner, CED

A new hard drive from Maxtor aims to tackle one of the biggest challenges faced by high-definition television digital video recorders - limited recording space.

Optimized for HD, multi-stream or multi-tuner DVRs, the Maxtor QuickView drive comes in three sizes: 300 gigabytes, 400 GB and 500 GB. Maxtor did not disclose pricing on the drives.

Maxtor, whose hard drives can be found inside DVR/receivers from companies such as Scientific-Atlanta, said the largest drive can store up to 500 hours of standard-definition video, and 89 hours of HDTV. In comparison, a high-end DVR set-top with a 160 GB hard drive can store about 20 hours of HD programming (via MPEG-2).

To work around storage limitations in legacy DVRs, Maxtor has already introduced a line of external DVR hard drives, with capacities ranging from 40 GB to 300 GB. The company designed its QuickView Expander initially for S-A's Explorer 8300-series set-tops.

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