hard drive history

barriers: stuck at 528MB

Seagate Medalist 425xe (ST-3491A)

Photo: Red Hill.

Seagate Medalist 425xe

Another good Seagate drive, and very comon for quite a while, though a bit sluggish. We sold quite a few new and went on trading them for some years afterwards.

The Medalist 425xe was overshadowed by the outstanding Medalist 545xe, which looked almost identical and came out only a little later.

Illustration: A Medalist 425xe (top) together with a Medalist 17240 of 1999. In the five years between these two drives, capacity went from 420MB to 17GB (17,000MB), performance from 0.63 to 1.19, and the price halved.

Data rate32 Mbit/secSpin rate3811 RPM
Seek time15msBuffer120k
Platter capacity214MBInterfaceIDE mode 3
Actuatorvoice coilForm3½" 1/3 height>
ST3491A428.1MB4 thin-film heads**