hard drive history

barriers: stuck at 528MB

Western Digital Caviar AC2340

Photo: Red Hill.

Western Digital Caviar AC2340

340MB drives never really took off. By the time the price came down enough to be affordable, you could get a 420 for not much more.

AC2340 was a typical Western Digital drive of the period: fairly quick, fairly reliable, very easy to set up and work with.

Data rate28 Mbit/secSpin rate3322 RPM
Seek time13msBuffer
Platter capacity170MBInterfaceIDE
Actuatorvoice coilForm3½" 1/3 height>
AC2340341.3MB4 thin-film heads**